A form of open shoe worn in warm climates, and the only form of foot-covering to be of major importance in Scripture. Both the wearing and the removal of sandals is often seen as symbolic; to go barefoot was often a sign of shame, mourning or poverty.
Sandals were normally worn by an official, soldier or messenger
Untying and carrying sandals was the task of a servant
The removal of sandals as a gesture
To predict the defeat and disgrace of Egypt and Assyria Isa 20:2-4
The symbolic use of sandals
As symbols of readiness for action Ex 12:11
Sandals as an example of the need for minimum possessions in God’s service