It’s time to change out of our leather shoes and sneakers, but does everyone have an appropriate alternative?
It’s not a fashion show, but we do need to wear something on our feet. While most of us do have something that works, it’s a good idea to make sure that everyone in the family has something that currently fits.
* We customarily do not recite “Sh’Hechyanu” on new shoes (source: “Shulchan Aruch” O.C. 223:6; ‘Halichos Shlomo’ by R’ S.Z. Auerbach, Tefillah 23:15). Even those who do say “Sh’Hechyanu” on expensive shoes, if there is an urgent need, such as being embarrassed to wear torn shoes, they may put on the new shoes and rely on the Gr”a, that we may say “Sh’Hechyanu” during the entire three weeks – (source: “Moriah” 332-3, 5766, pgs. 99-100).
Nevertheless, if possible, it is best that it should be worn for the first time on Shabbos or Rosh Chodesh (this year they are both the same day) and then recite the “Sh’Hechyanu” Bracha – (source: “Mishnah Berurah” 551:98; “Sha’ar HaTziyun” there).
We rounded up some of the most popular options for Tish’a B’Av and Yom Kippur: