Quinceanera Changing of the Shoes Tradition

There are several rituals that make part of the traditional Quinceanera celebration. The most popular seems to be the ceremonial changing of the shoes.

Similar to other quinceanera traditions, changing the Quinceanera’s shoes is symbolic of her transformation from girl to woman.

Traditionally, the birthday girl makes an entrance to her quinces in flat shoes. It is the girl’s father (or sometimes brother) that is honored with changing her shoes, by removing the flats and putting on high heel shoes.

After her shoes are changed, she is ready to dance the traditional QuineaƱera Waltz as a young woman.

4 comments for “Quinceanera Changing of the Shoes Tradition

  1. brenda
    April 7, 2011 at 10:10 am

    i’m planning a sweet 16 and 15 the same day. i have two daughters and don’t know where to start

    • Jolene
      August 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      im planning one for a friends daughter…it is in two weeks. would love to help you with any ideas that you may need

  2. Marissa Flores
    April 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

    My quince is in 11 days and I’m wondering if the father is suposed to say anything at this time?

    • Quinceanera Planning Guide
      April 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      No, he doesn’t have to say anything. After the changing of the shoes, it’s traditional for the quinceanera to dance with her father.

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