Question:

Are buying shoes in year of aveilus included in the ban on buying and wearing new clothes?

Answer:

Buying shoes is not included in the ban of not buying of wearing new clothes in the aveilus year. The reason for this is since shoes are not considered a garment of enjoyment.

Sources:

Daas Sofrim 37-46 based on Aruch Hashulchan 389-6 and  R’ Shlom Zalman Auerbach zt”l.

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