He Won’t Wear His Special Pope Shoes
Red shoes have a long history within the Catholic Church. Known as Papal Slippers, wearing red shoes was meant to symbolize the blood of Catholic martyrs that have been spilled over the years. Popes are supposed to have indoor and outdoor Papal shoes, but Pope Francis refuses to wear them.
Instead, Francis wears his favorite black shoes that were made in his native country of Argentina. One of his friends gifted him the shoes just days before he left for Rome to become Pope.