Monday, November 22, 2010

Shoe Tree

Shoe Tree-Woodstock, IL, originally uploaded by William 74.
This is a shoe tree in Woodstock, Illinois. Shoe trees are not to be confused with the shoe-preservation device found in your grandpa's bedroom closet. They are literally shoe trees-trees festooned with old shoes.

I have no idea how this (or any other) shoe tree gets started. I imagine that someone goes and tosses an old pair of shoes up in the branches of a convenient tree, and slowly other people see it as an interesting use for old footwear. Eventually you get what you see here, a tree with an interesting and varied collection of shoes. I spotted some expensive kicks up there.

Amusingly, there is a "no trespassing" sign stuck to this tree , with a pair of shoes hanging next to it. I suppose the very act of shoeing a tree is trespassing. Or is it littering?

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