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Removing Shoes at the Kotel

Question
What is the source of the old Minhag of removing ones shoes at the Kotel and why did the practice fall into disuse?
Answer
I did not hear of that old custom but that does not mean it did not exist. I reckon it comes from the Halacha that one is not allowed to enter the temple mount with shoes as a sign of awe (Rambam Beit Habchira 7; 2), and the reason it is not common practice is because it is not temple mount but only the Kotel.
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