shoeless, he ran into the car and barreled out of the driveway before careening off a fire hydrant and then smashing into a tree.
The cynics are crowing after Jeffrey Hillman turned out to be neither homeless nor shoeless.
On 1902, a shoeless boy from the Great Smoky Mountains stood before the dean at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
The swarms of children were of the gutter, shoeless, tattered, and filthy.
He was hatless and shoeless, and his shirt and trousers were dropping off him.
Mary strained her ears to listen which way he went; but the shoeless feet gave no echo.
shoeless and stockingless she crept out into the hall and down the stairs.
Uplifted hands, whose fingers were shining bones, bore golden rings, and shoeless feet glistened in their whiteness.
However, this unique mamma was also unrivalled in shoeing those who were shoeless.
Like other guests of high degree, the shoeless being made a virtue of accepting hospitality.
Old English scoh "shoe," from Proto-Germanic *skokhaz (cf. Old Norse skor, Danish and Swedish sko, Old Frisian skoch, Old Saxon skoh, Middle Dutch scoe, Dutch schoen, Old High German scuoh, German Schuh, Gothic skoh). No known cognates outside Germanic, unless it somehow is connected with PIE root *skeu- "cover" (cf. second element in Latin ob-scurus).
Old plural form shoon lasted until 16c. Meaning "metal plate to protect a horse's hoof" is attested from late 14c. Distinction between shoe and boot (n.) is attested from c.1400. To stand in someone's shoes "see things from his or her point of view" is attested from 1767. Old shoe as a type of something worthless is attested from late 14c.
Shoes tied to the fender of a newlywed couple's car preserves the old custom (mentioned from 1540s) of throwing an old shoe at or after someone to wish them luck. Perhaps the association is with dirtiness, on the "muck is luck" theory.
Old English scogan "to shoe," from the root of shoe (n.). In reference to horses from c.1200. Related: Shoed; shoeing.