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Traditions and Supersitions # 3 – Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, But What’s With The Shoes?

When it comes to weddings, everyone’s superstitious.  Even if you are the kind of person who loves a black cat or walks under ladders, nothing will stop you from having something old and wearing something blue.

In early times, the bride’s father gave all of her old shoes to her new husband.  This was a symbol that the father was no longer responsible for her, and that now, the husband was.  Good luck to the dad of most of my girlfriends, he will need a U-Haul to get all the shoes to the new husband.

The tradition of tying old shoes to the back of the couple’s car stems from Tudor times when guests would throw shoes at the Bride and Groom, with great luck being bestowed on them if they or their carriage were hit.  In Anglo Saxon times the bride was symbolically struck with a shoe by her Groom to establish his authority.  Then Brides would throw shoes at their bridesmaids to see who would marry next.  Ouch.