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Section: Shabbos   Category: Minhagim
Shabbos Shoes, Do They Exist? Arizal, Maharal, Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach

Someone asked Rav Shlomo Zalman if one should have special shoes designated for Shabbos. He looked at his shoes and said that he himself doesn't have Shabbos shoes and that on Shabbos he wears the shoes that he uses all week. (Aleihu Lo Yibol OC 192) (Ed Note: It should be noted that Rav Shlomo Zalman may have said this because he felt the person asking could not afford a pair of Shabbos shoes.)

The Maharal (Gur Aryeh - Devarim 8:4) says that while clothing are worn to honor the wearer, shoes do not share a similar status. They are simply worn to protect the feet and are considered a garment of shame rather than honor. He explains that this is why Moshe Rabbeinu was commanded to remove his shoes when walking in a Makom Kadosh, as well as the halacha to do the same when entering Har HaBayis. For this reason after we make the Bracha each morning of Malbish Arumim, thanking Hashem for providing us clothing, we make a separate bracha Sheasa Li Kol Tzarki, (that you provided me with all my needs) thanking Hashem for providing us with shoes.

The Peleh Yo'etz (Levisha) however brings from the Arizal that whoever can afford should have totally separate clothing for Shabbos. Among the articles of clothing listed are shoes and a hat.

Important Note: We bring this tshuvah as a starting point for discussion and not to convey any halacha. We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation. Please understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.