It is in keeping with this symbolism denoting reverence that no mention is made of shoes in the descriptions of priestly dress. The service of the Tabernacle and Temple was performed barefoot. Moslems observe a similar custom in modern times, either removing or covering the shoes when about to enter a mosque. To have a shoe removed on refusal to undertake a levirate marriage was to be shown contempt (
E. A. Speiser, “Of Shoes and Shekels,” BASOR, LXXVII (1940), 15ff.; R. de Vaux, Ancient Israel (1961), 22, 37, 59, 86, 169.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
See Dress, sec. 6; SHOE; SHOE-LATCHET.