This will not be a discussion on the opinion of wearing shoes vs. dancing barefoot. Movement ministers need to understand the importance of our body parts from a spiritual perspective. We may know by now that our feet are vital in movement, and the use of them can indicate victory, battle, increased territory, and stability. When we realize that our soles are protected, then we will not be afraid to tread into the unknown.
Shoes in the Bible were often discussed in terms of putting them on or taking them off (i.e. Moses at the burning bush). Bare feet denote that the ground is Holy. Covered feet indicate protection, peace, and readiness. There are times in dance when we are sharing a message about holiness that necessitates bare feet. When we are warring and taking territory through the dance, the wearing of shoes can demonstrate strength and conquering.
Whether for war or peace, our feet are an integral part of the message through movement. Let us not take for granted what our feet mean in the context of Scripture. When we stand on the Word of God, we will not be moved by tradition and opinions. Confidence in Him will compel us to move by His Word.
Deuteronomy 33:24-25 (NKJV)
And of Asher he said: “Asher is most blessed of sons; Let him be favored by his brothers, and let him dip his foot in oil. Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; as your days, so shall your strength be.
Song of Solomon 7:1 (NKJV)
[THE Beloved] How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O prince’s daughter! The curves of your thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a skillful workman.
Acts 13:25 (NKJV)
And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.’
Ephesians 6:14-15 (NKJV)
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace