22 Meanings When You Dream About Shoes

For many people, dreams can be confusing and often a complete and utter mystery. That is a shame because, frequently, dreams are merely a reflection of what our subconscious is trying to tell us. Consequently, you can inadvertently lose a lot of potentially useful information that can help your life for the better.

My list of the 22 meanings when you dream about shoes will hopefully help you to make the most of your dreams and the messages they held. I hope your dream is on my list, and I also hope it carries positive energy.

Meanings When You Dream About Shoes

22 Meanings When You Dream About Shoes

So, let’s get to it and take a look at the first dream.

1. Dream of Losing a Pair of Shoes

This has to be the worst of all the 22 meanings when you dream about shoes.

Is it really that bad?

Yes, it is because it has two possible interpretations, and both are very unpleasant. In the first instance, it could mean the break-up of a longstanding relationship that could include marriage. This might have been on the cards for some time, but it will still come as a shock.

If this possibly describes your situation, you should take the time, before it happens, to sit down and see if you can work things out. Try to stay focused on the main areas of disagreement. Do not deviate to irrelevant topics just to score points, and most importantly, be respectful to each other.

In the second instance…

Things are even worse because the dream foresees the death of someone very close to you. It could be a dear friend or a family member. Before it is too late, you need to start quietly checking on the health of the people you think might be most vulnerable.

Urge them to see their doctor or change their habits if you think it is appropriate. However, be cautious about letting them know you foresaw a problem with their health in a dream. That is because not everyone is a believer in the way the subconscious mind works. Consequently, they might not take you seriously, and that would defeat the purpose of your trying to help them.

2. Dream of Repairing Shoes

This indicates that you are going through some difficult times in your waking life. There is a lot of obstacle in your way, and you are currently struggling to make your way around them.

Moving forward will take a lot of hard work ad resilience. However, the dream is urgent o to continue on your path and not give up or become disheartened. You will eventually find a way through and become stronger and more successful as a result.

3. Dream of High-Heel Shoes

If you are wearing high heel shoes in your dream, it is a sign that you are not comfortable with your current life path. There is something that does not feel right and is starting to trouble you. Maybe you are not happy with your career choice, you are having difficulties in your relationship, or you are not progressing in life as fast as you hoped.

Whatever the problem, your subconscious mind is telling you that the time for action is here. You need to address the root cause and start to change your plans and change your stars.

An alternative meaning for you single people is that you will shortly meet up with a new romantic partner. They will have a significantly positive impact on you, and they could even end up being the love of your life.

Don’t forget to send me a wedding invite!

4. Dream of Red Shoes

This red shoes dream can have a few possible meanings. If you are a woman, it can indicate that you are attempting to attract the attention of a man, but you are going about it in all the wrong ways. You are being overly flirtatious, and you are being disrespectful to people in the process of getting what you want. You need to calm things down a little, be more subtle in your signaling, and play the long game.

If you are a man, it means that you are very qualified and experienced in your work. People respect your position and status. As a consequence, someone will approach you shortly to either ask for your help or offer you a tempting business proposition.

Finally, regardless of your gender, red stands for passion, and that means there is a good chance of you getting into a fiery romantic relationship shortly. Alternatively, if you are already in a relationship, expect a lot of renewed energy and also expect the sparks to fly between you!

5. Dream of Seeing Old and Worn-Out Shoes

This is a little sad because it means that you have a crush on someone, but you are unsure if the feeling is mutual. You have built up a fantasy in your head that you could be together if the other person understood how you felt about them. However, since as yet you have not expressed how you feel, you are now essentially in the friend zone.

This is not healthy, and you need to stop this one way or the other. The only course of action is to tell them how you feel and let the chips fall as they will. If the feeling is mutual, then that is brilliant and good luck to you. If the feeling is not mutual, it means that you can stop living in this prolonged fantasy and get on with your life.

6. Dream of Platform Shoes

Platform shoes in your dream indicate that you have a lot of insecurities and anxieties about yourself. You possibly have low self-esteem, and you also have very little confidence. Despite this, you do your best to hide it all. You mage this by focusing on your external appearance, with gives the illusion that everything inside is fine.

If this sounds like how you are feeling, if you haven’t already, you need to find someone you can trust to confide in. Let them know what is happening on the inside and see if they can help you. Take it from there but do not be afraid to explore sessions with a qualified counselor if you think that would be beneficial.

7. Dream of Brown Shoes

This means that you are way too hard on yourself. You set yourself crazy high expectations that are almost impossible to achieve for even the most talented and dedicated individual. It is good to set your standards high and work hard to achieve them, but in your instance, you have gone too far.

Your brown shoe dream is telling you that you need to ease off. You cannot be perfect with everything you do, and no one expects you to be. Enjoy the victories but let the defeats and the mistakes go. Learn from them but don’t dwell on them.

You are allowed to enjoy your life.

8. Dream of Buying Shoes

When you buy shoes in your dream, it means that you have had, or will have, a major change of opinion about something or someone. Maybe there is an acquaintance you didn’t use to like, but they have now become a friend. Alternatively, you have decided to change careers to something you previously thought was unsuitable.

Your ability to remain open to new experiences and new information is a positive quality. It is good that you are prepared to judge everything on what you perceive as its merits rather than through bias and closed thinking.

9. Dream of Dancing Shoes

The dream has two possible meanings. In the first instance, the dream indicates that you are finally ready to take center stage and be in the limelight. Maybe you have been working diligently on a project, and you are going to get eth recognition you rightly deserve. Alternatively, you might have spent a lot of time studying to perform in the arts or as a professional in some capacity, stay as a doctor or lawyer.

Whatever the reason for you now being the main focus of people’s attention, make sure you take the time to enjoy yourself. This will be a period of your life that you will doubtlessly look back on in years to come with very fond memories.

In the second instance, if the shoes you are wearing ballet shoes in a dream, it can mean that you are embroiled in a delicate situation. This requires you to tiptoe around things and be subtle and discreet in your actions. It will not be an easy time, but it won’t be something you have to do for long.

10. Dream of White Shoes

This means that you are likely to enjoy some new and fresh experiences. Maybe you are going to college for the first time or possibly having your first serious relationship. Alternatively, you might even be getting married or expecting a baby.

The color white stands for purity, so whatever the experience, it is likely to be positive and happy. Enjoy this phase of your life because it is likely to be memorable and a lot of fun.

11. Dream of Gray Shoes

This is sad and has one of the most negative of the 22 meanings when you dream about shoes. It means that you are feeling isolated and depressed. You have few friends, and you rarely leave the house or interact with others. The result is your life is spiraling downwards into a pit of loneliness.

Your subconscious is telling you that you have to do something about this before things get any worse. You should start by looking after your physical self. Begin exercising, stop eating junk food, and make sure you sleep enough. You should then join social groups that you have an interest in, take a class, volunteer and try to reconnect with old friends.

Finally, go see your family doctor to rule out an underlying physical cause. Plus, consider a short course of behavioural cognitive therapy with a trained counselor.

12. Dream of Squeaky Shoes

If you have squeaky shoes in your dream, it means that you have secrets in your past that you are scared of being found out of. If they come to light, they will hurt you, your reputation, and your standing in the community.

Because of the magnitude of the secrets, you are becoming increasingly stressed and anxious about them being discovered. You want to unburden yourself so that you can move on, but you are not sure how to go about it.

In these circumstances, you are probably best to seek the help of a qualified counselor. That is because they are bound by strict rules of confidentiality, so your secrets will still be safe. After your sessions, you can take it from there and decide how and what you want to reveal about yourself going forward.

13. Dream of Ripped Shoes

This is a bad dream and is filled with negative omens. It means that there are people close to you that are suffering and have fallen to peers inside. It could be that they are hiding their mental state, and you are not aware of their plight. It is not unusual for people to hide their negative feelings, so does not feel bad about having missed the signs.

The dream is now telling you that you have t be more proactive and start paying more attention to your close friends and family. Reach out to those who you think might be struggling and check if they are OK.

When you speak with them, don’t just ask one time if they are all right. You need to apply the ‘ask twice’ rule. That is because most people will say they are fine, even if they are not, to the first question. It is just a knee-jerk reaction, and they are trying to be polite. The second question will give you a much better idea either way.

Finally, do not worry about upsetting them if they are OK. No one will take offense that you have shown concern. They will almost certainly be pleased you cared enough to ask about them.

14. Dream of Clown Shoes

The dream means that you tend to get stressed easily. You take life seriously and find it hard to see the lighter side of life. You see the problems in most things rather than the opportunities, and as a result, you are not waking the most of the chances that come your way.

The clown shoe dream is telling you that you need to learn to relax and not take everything so seriously. You should also not focus on the negatives in whatever you come across. Try to move yourself to be the glass-half-full rather than the glass-half-empty kind of guy.

15. Dream of Shoes Without Soles

When there are no soles on your shoes in your dream, it means that you are feeling bored with the current state of your romantic relationship. Things have become stale, and you are beginning to have doubts as to whether you have any future with your current partner.

It might be that breaking up is the best plan, but before you do anything drastic, you should look more carefully at why you feel this way. It is easy to fall into routine and comfortable habits. Maybe this is what has happened, and you are as guilty of making the relationship boring as the other party.

Think about how you can mix things up, and you should also let your partner know how you are feeling. Maybe they have been thinking the same thing, and you can work together to fix things and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

16. Dream of Wearing Someone Else’s Shoes

This can have a few different interpretations. The first meaning is that you are living a life of what is expected of you rather than the one you want. You have gone along with this to please other people. However, you are now beginning to question if this is how you want to continue your life.

The second meaning is that you can assume the duties and responsibilities of whoever is wearing the shoes in the dream. Maybe they are your boss at work, or maybe they are a rival in one of the social groups you belong to.

Finally, it can mean that you want to and are about to split up with your romantic partner. Before you do this, make sure you have explored all the possible options and you are absolutely certain this is the correct choice. Do not end your relationship if there is a chance it could be down to miscommunication.

17. Someone Else Fastens Your Shoes

The dream shows that you want to get closer and make a stronger connection with whoever is fastening your shoes in the dream. It could be that you are looking for a romantic relationship. Alternatively, you may want to improve your relationship with an existing friend or a business colleague.

If the person who is trying your shoe has already passed away, it means that there are parts of your life that you would like to improve. It could be that to do this, you need some external expert help. The dream is urging you to continue the search for the person that can help you move forward.

18. Dream of Wearing Odd Shoes

Next, in my rundown of the 22 Meanings When You Dream About Shoes, when you wear odd shoes in your dream, it is a sign that you are not taking your time to judge a situation or opportunity. You are being sloppy and even lazy in your assessment of where the latest chance might take you.

The odd shoe wearing dream is telling you that you need to take a closer look at the details of what is being presented to you. Put in the work, and there is the possibility of a significant reward a the end of it.

19. Dream of Shoes That Are Too Small

This means that you keep persisting with an approach to a problem that simply isn’t working. It could be that your ideas are too out of date or inappropriate, but regardless, continuing to stubbornly use them will not change the result.

You need to change the way you look to solve your problem. If you are unsure how to do it, then you need to engage the help of someone with experience in the same area. Do not be afraid to seek assistance because people can be very helpful in these kinds of situations.

20. Dream of Glittery Shoes

If you wear glittery shoes in your dream, it is a sign that the good times are close again. You may have been living with a series of prolonged problems in your home or business life. Alternatively, you may have just recently escaped from a toxic relationship. Regardless, you can now relax because those times will be behind you, and you can start to enjoy your life again.

21. Dream of Wearing Shoes That Do Not Fit

This means that you say one thing but do another. You are pretty much-telling people what you think they want to hear but then going and doing the thing you really want to do. This might be born out of the desire to please and conform to societal norms.

You need to be comfortable in your own skin and learn to be less concerned with at other people think. You will be happier and most probably more respected as a result.

22. Dream of Baby Shoes

Baby shoes in a dream are symbolic of a new beginning of some kind. You could be starting a new career, or maybe you are moving home or starting a new relationship. Whatever it is, this new chapter of your life is likely to be exciting and full of fun and unexpected turns.

The dream for you ladies can also mean that you are pregnant or you are about to be. If this is not what you want, you should pay special attention to birth control to prevent any unnecessary unwanted pregnancies.

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22 Meanings When You Dream About Shoes – Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. I hope my thoughts on what it means when you dream about shoes has helped to make things clearer. I also hope that the meanings and suggestions will give you a good idea of how to proceed with things in your waking life for the better.

Sweet dreams.

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About Sophia Wilson

Sophia is our head writer, here at Rockridge Institute - The Spirit Magazine, and is a Certified Dream Analyst, author, podcast personality, speaker, and a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. The IASD is a worldwide organization that conducts and encourages research into the function, nature, and significance of dreaming.

She is obsessed with updating her dream journal, capturing all the strange and fascinating adventures she experiences while asleep. And uses this information to help her analyze and decipher dreams for tens of thousands of people worldwide. She is also working on her first book, 'Dreams and their Meanings' which is due to be published next year.

Sophia also writes for a number of newspapers, monthly publications, and websites, sharing her knowledge and love of dreams and their meanings.
She enjoys playing the piano, dinner parties with friends, and taking her German Shepherd, Ben, for walks around her home in Boston, Massachusetts.

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