There are certain cultural practices and rituals of native places that are considered ‘weird’ by the outsiders. But as they seem quite acceptable to the true believers, many rituals are accepted as a part of their usual cultural practices. There are lots of traditions that are considered as bizarre around the world, where they are not followed.
One such bizarre tradition is “Drinking from shoes” or “shoey” that is performed by Australians to celebrate the victory. In this ritual, people tend to drink any form of alcohol, from beer to champagne, straight out of a shoe. Weirdly fascinating, isn’t it?!
So, here are 8 of the weirdest facts about ‘Shoey’:
1. “Shoey” has been historically performed by the Australians as a harbinger of good fortune in which the drinker either removes his own shoe to drink or nominates other friend’s shoe to be used as the container for drinking.
2. Most common alcohol used in Shoey is beer, but other spirits can also be used.
3. While it may bring good fortune, there have been times when the ritual was performed as a humiliating punishment as well for the people in Australia.
4. Drinking beer out of shoes may seem like an insanely disgusting thing, but it is a deeply rooted Australian practice. The shoe is tilted after which entire beer from the can is poured into the shoe opening. The drinker chugs the beer straight out of the shoe by tipping it to the mouth.
5. It has been performed openly by many prominent personalities around the world as a way of celebration. On June 26, 2016, Jack Miller, an Australian MotoGP rider celebrated his first ever premier class victory by drinking champagne out of his own shoe at TT Circuit Assen. Later, another Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo also drank champagne out his sweaty shoe on the podium to celebrate his victory.
6. The ritual gained popularity among the Australians because of the surfing and fishing brand ‘The Mad Hueys’. The owners of the brand, Dean and Shaun Harrington have made the concept of ‘Shoey’ popular by claiming to have been drinking from shoes since 2002. After this, it became immensely popular among celebrities as well.
7. One similar ritual was popular in the German army during the WW I, in which the soldiers would drink from their general’s boot after a victory. German soldiers were supposed to pass the leather boot filled with beer around for drinking.
8. Another bizarre thing in the same category is ‘drinking champagne out of stilettos or high heels’. The practice of drinking champagne out of high heels was originally done prior to 1900 to pay tribute to the brilliance of female dancers.