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 Quineañera Waltz as a young woman.