Sunnah Way of Wearing Shoes
Hadith 1: It is reported in Sahih Muslim from Jaabir ؓ◌. He says he
heard Rasoolullah saying, ‘Wear shoes as much as you can, for as
long as a person is wearing shoes, it is as if he is on (a mode of
transport)’, in other words he does not become exhausted.’
Hadith 2: It is in Sahih Bukhari from Ibn Umar ماعن
عا االله ر who
says, ‘I saw Rasoolullah wear a Naalain (Sacred Footwear) which
had no fur (covering) on it’.
Hadith 3: It is in Sahih Bukhari from Anas ؓ◌ that there were two
hairs in the Naalain of Rasoolullah , in other words, there were
two laces (straps) between the mubaarak toes.
Hadith 4: It is in Sahih Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of
Abu Hurairah ؓ◌that Rasoolullah said that ‘when wearing shoes,
first wear the one on the right foot and when removing them, then
first remove the one on the left foot, so that the right is first in being
put on, and last in being removed.’
Hadith 5: In Sahih Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Abu
Hurairah ؓ◌ that Rasoolullah said, ‘Do not walk whilst only
wearing one shoe. Either remove both or wear both’.
Hadith 6: In Sahih Muslim it is reported from Jaabir ؓ◌that
Rasoolullah said, ‘If the laces (straps) of your shoes break, you
should not walk whilst only wearing one shoe, but you should repair
the strap, and do not walk whilst wearing only one Mauzah (sock)’.
Hadith 7: Tirmizi reported from Jaabir and Ibn Majah reported
from Abu Hurairah ماعن عا االله
ر that Rasoolullah forbade the
wearing of shoes whilst standing (i.e. to put them on whilst
standing). This ruling is regarding those shoes which take time to
wear whilst standing (and) those which need the straps to be tied. In
the same way the boots (this refers to the present day shoes) should
also be worn whilst sitting, because even in these shoes, the laces
have to be tied, and to tie them whilst standing is difficult. There is
no harm in standing whilst putting on shoes which are not of this
type; such as, the Saleem Shahi1
or the pumps2
, or the type of sandal
in which there is no need to tie a strap.
Hadith 8: Tirmizi reported from Hazrat A’isha اعن عا االله
Rasoolullah sometimes walked with just one Naalain. This was
either to explain permissibility, or it was when he just walked one or
two steps, such as to open the Door of the Hujra (Sacred Chamber).
Hadith 9: Abu Dawud reported from Ibn Abi Maleeka that
someone mentioned to Hazrat A’isha اعن عا االله
ر that a woman wore
shoes (which resembled that of men). She (Hazrat A’isha) said that,
‘Rasoolullah cursed women who resembled men’. In other words,
women should not wear shoes that are like that of men. Actually this
refers to all things in which men and women have distinctiveness to
one another. There is prohibition for each one of them to adopt the
style of the other. Neither should men adopt the style of the women,
and nor should the women adopt the style of the men.
Hadith 10: Abu Dawud reported on the authority of Abdullah ibn
Buraidah ؓ◌ that someone had queried from Fudaala bin Ubaid ؓ◌
saying, ‘why is it that I notice your hair scattered apart?’ He said that
‘Rasoolullah used to prohibit us from Irfa, i.e. from excessively
adorning ourselves’. He (then) said, ‘Why is it that I notice you bare
feet?’ He said that ‘Rasoolullah commanded us to occasionally
remain bare feet’.
1. Saleem Shahi: These are slip on embroidered shoes with a painted toe, common to Ind-oPak.
2. Pumps: These are closed slip-on shoes initially famous in India and now worn world-wide.
Law: To wear leather (fur hide) shoes are permissible, and
sometimes Huzoor even wore such types of Naalain. To wear
shoes sewn with iron nails (tacks) is also permissible, and in this
current time, many shoes are made in the manner, where they are
sewn with tacks (i.e. staples etc.). [Alamgiri]