Day 37

It’s not the most shoes we’ve seen

February 5th, 2012

But their geographical extent is quite impressive. (There were another four or five pairs way up on a wire behind me as well.)


  1. jojo says:

    I have to ask, do shoes on a wire have a meaning? Anyone, anyone, Bueller?

  2. tom says:

    the way the economy is I’m sure many of the former owners of those shoes wish they had them back

  3. Caroline says:

    Impressive, indeed…and kinda pretty! :O)

  4. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    I’ve always believed it to be gang related.

  5. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Looks like laundry hung out to dry.
    I also thought “so that’s what people do with their old sneakers when they get a new pair.” They fling ’em up on a wire.
    Just hope they aren’t some kind of “stolen shoes off people” trophies.

  6. Glenda says:

    I watched a tv special once – I think it was one of those Extreme Makeover shows – where there were shoes hanging over wires like this. They said it was a signal that drugs are available in the neighborhood.

    Here’s an article that lists a variety of explanations:

  7. Shoe Tips says:

    That is crazy,they’re more shoes on those wires than on Palm Beach in my neighborhood…..Impressive.I personally don’t think it is gang related but more of a way to express yourself.

  8. Paul says:

    while on a tour of south central, LA. The guide said that when a gang kills a rival on their patch, they chuck the shoes up on the wires as a warning to others.

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