Iranians throw their shoes at people to show disapproval.
God required Moses to remove his shoes, to acknowledge he was standing on holy ground.
Within Paul’s scheme of godly armour, the shoes represent peace, and we are to wear them. Reminding us of the word in Isaiah that tells us how lovely are the feet of him who brings good news.
John did not think himself worthy to untie the laces of the shoes of the One who was to come, Jesus.
In the book of Ruth, it is explained that to seal a property deal, a shoe was exchanged to make it final.
Actually, in all the Biblical references, it is a sandal, not a shoe – but then again a sandal is the shoe in those places.
My theology of shoes is not very well developed. I like comfortable ones that do the job well, and don’t cost a fortune. I’m not sure what that says about me.
However, I am prepared to wear the shoes of God, and walk in his ways – and more importantly to be nudged when I go astray, as I inevitably do.
Jesus does invite us to put on his shoes, and learn from him; he is gentle and humble in heart, and says clearly it is inevitable that we will find rest for our souls. Do not resist.