In dreams, shoes typically have to do with how we are supported in life emotionally. The following dream is an illustration of this principle:
Dream 316: My Shoes Saved Me
A woman dreamed she was in the shoe store to buy some shoes. She was wearing no shoes and was barefoot. A robber came into the store with a gun.
She slipped out of the store. The robbers chased after her outside. Suddenly she had shoes on. The robber shot at her twice and missed each time. She fell to the ground, got a small gun out of one of her shoes and shot the robber dead.
Metaphorically, feet in dreams get us to where we need to go in life. Shoes help the feet support us while also protecting the feet. Getting new shoes in a dream can mean getting a new support system to help you get to where you want to go in life and to feel protected/safe.
In this case, being barefoot can represent feeling exposed and vulnerable and lacking protection when trying to go forward in life. That the dream occurs in the store suggests that the support was especially needed in her career / business or financial life. The robber was a shadow figure that forced her to escape from danger and protect herself.
While a support system would surely make things easier for the dreamer, the dream was trying to reassure her that she could take care of threats to herself by herself if necessary. She was seen by her subconscious as more than capable of “dodging bullets” in life. Within herself, the dream saw her as having the means to defend herself (the gun in her shoe).
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