Red shoes expert explains Pope's standing down procedure

Chard & Ilminster News: The iconic red shoes worn by the Pope. The iconic red shoes worn by the Pope.

WHEN the Pope stands down from office tonight (February 27) he will have to give the iconic red shoes back.

The tradition of the Pope wearing red shoes were carried over from the customs of ancient Rome.

Only three people are allowed to officially wear red shoes in the empire: the Emperor, the Empress, and the Pope.

Even in art, depictions of people wearing red shoes are severely restricted to the above-mentioned or the angels.

Local expert Linda Piggott, who runs talks at charity events across Somerset, said her speech on the importance and symbolism of red shoes is the most popular.

She said: "Red shoes signify dominance and power and that is why senior figures in Roman times were allowed to wear them.

"Princess Diana chose to wear red shoes when she split up with Prince Charles.

"Sprinter Usain Bolt often wears red shoes when he runs to signify power and success."

 

 

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3:39pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Samej1 says...

Well I've just googled Usain Bolt and on the first couple of pages I can't see any red running shoes - maybe he (and the late Diana) just liked the colour rather than the antiquated notion that it somehow relates to 'power'.
Well I've just googled Usain Bolt and on the first couple of pages I can't see any red running shoes - maybe he (and the late Diana) just liked the colour rather than the antiquated notion that it somehow relates to 'power'. Samej1

8:21pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Giraffe&Co says...

Watch Stewart Lee's sketch about religione on you tube - explains it all!
The current pope's shoes were made by Prada how weird is that?
Watch Stewart Lee's sketch about religione on you tube - explains it all! The current pope's shoes were made by Prada how weird is that? Giraffe&Co

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