So you have all come across at least one shoe superstition in their lives. But why did these "old wives tales" come about?
For instance everyone knows that it is considered good luck to hang a horseshoe over the front door, but why? Well in ancient Greece, horses were considered sacred animals, so hanging their shoes (with U up) was considered to bring good luck!
Tying shoes to the back of a newlywed couples car evolved from a Tudor custom, where guests threw shoes at the newlywed couple and if it hit them or their carriage it was considered lucky! Lucky to get bruised on your wedding day? Hmm not too sure about that!
Another wedding day tradition is for the bride's father to give the groom a pair of the bride's shoes, symbolizing the passing of responsibility from the father to her new husband. A variation is for the groom to hit the bride on the head with the shoe to assert his dominance!
But shoes also bring bad luck.....placing shoes on top of the table is symbolic of death - why? Because from the days of Hanging as a form of punishment, convicted prisoners were hanged with their shoes on and when letting loose of the noose, their shoes would tap on the surface.