Does anyone know of a source for the practice of not walking around indoors without shoes? (I am seeking an actual source, not speculation)

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    Never heard of this before. I know you're not looking for speculation, but there's some speculation here. – Fred Jul 29 '16 at 17:54
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    he.wikisource.org/wiki/… – Double AA Jul 29 '16 at 18:03
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    Welcome to Mi Yodeya Jay. – mevaqesh Jul 29 '16 at 20:35
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    Again without a source (sorry) my family has a custom not to walk around in socks as it is a sign of mourning. – sol Aug 1 '16 at 20:48
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    Probably not relevant. In a shiur on tumah, it was taught that one should have a special pair of shoes dedicated for their home or beis knesset that can be touched without requiring netilyat yadayim; tumah comes from outside the home. I wanna say Rabbi Moshe Feinstein has comment on wearing/not wearing shoes inside the home. Again, I'll try and source later B'N. – Re'eh Nov 1 '16 at 14:14

As recorded in this Chabad article, walking barefoot is a sign of mourning, and we try to avoid signs of death as much as humanly possible.

In this article, quoted by Gershon Gold, there's a practical reason: it's easier to walk with shoes on.

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    Is wearing crocs also a sign or mourning? – Double AA Aug 3 '16 at 3:55
  • That could possibly be a nafka minah between the two answers. Considering that they're mutar for Tishah B'Av and Aveilim, perhaps yes, they would be, but I agree that's a huge chiddush. – DonielF Aug 3 '16 at 14:04

I lived for a while in a very strict Chassidic community. Walking around indoors without shoes was seen as an extremely serious offence, even when done with socks and stockings, and on a thick carpet.

The reason was that without shoes, one could be negatively affected by the ground's klipos.

  • Thanks for answering. I also got the sense that it's more of a Chassidic thing, but I never heard this interesting explanation before. Did they ever happen to mention a source to you - I guess it would be a kabbalistic work - that gives this reason for the minhag? An authoritative source would be greatly appreciated. – Jay Dec 1 '16 at 17:32

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