Where do those shoes come from that lie singly in the street? I wonder that every time I see one, as I did yesterday. If you had your foot out the window and the shoe somehow came off, wouldn’t you go back for it especially, in this case, when it’s a cleat? Wouldn’t you need it for practice? Did one sibling threaten to drop the other’s shoe out the window…and then did so, accidentally or otherwise? Again, wouldn’t someone say something and retrieve the shoe? Was the person taken, Elijah-like, directly into heaven but God just “happened” to not notice the lost shoe?

I think this is one of the great mysteries of our time.


P.S. Another mystery is how a post gets published without the author pressing “Publish.” Evidently her new laptop is so sensitive that it thinks it knows when a post is ready to be published. Thankfully, most of the post was done and ready to go. No bad words were said during the accidental publishing. πŸ™‚ Evidently the title was more apt than the author thought!

  1. I always wonder about the single shoes too. πŸ™‚

  2. I always see them hanging over powerlines. Not sure how they get up there. Last night I thought I saw heaps of them but when I got closer they turned out to be sulphur crested cockatoos. πŸ™‚ (I am in Sydney, Australia).

    • Haha! Rather a large difference. I just recently saw something about people throwing them over powerlines, but I’d never heard of that before. Not sure why you’d do that, but people do weird things for no particular reasons.


      • One theory is that they are thrown up there by gangs marking the boundaries of their territory. However given that I live in a very middle class neighbourhood, I think it is just a case of bored teenagers fantasising about being in a gang.

    • You see those pairs of sneakers hanging from power lines by their laces around here too (“here” is the general area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). The theory / urban legend / whatever is that there’s a tradition of kids throwing their old sneakers over the power lines when they get a new pair…maybe, but wouldn’t it take a really good throwing arm? What do the parents think? And so on.

      I’ve never seen cockatoos hanging from power lines though. Alas.

  3. Pete says:

    Do you know I was thinking the same thing tge other day when I saw a single workmens boot laying on the duel carrageway. Did the owners suddenly grow a single foot bigger, did he not like that boot or was he part of a road teaffic accident and if I pick it up I would find a foot inside.I have walked along the beach and found collections of footware, is it a saliors tradition to throw a left shoe into the sea when they approach port, or victims of sharks, must have fliated along way, we dont have man eating sharks around Scotland, just the Basking Shark who if you got in the way will suck your shoe off as if you were plankton. With allnthese single shoes, I have never seen people walking around with one shoe on and a bare foot.
    Are these lonesome shoes are victims of alien abduction, they see a pair sitting outside a Mosque or a home of OCD person ‘No shoes allowed’. The flying saucer takes the pair, experiments on one which the eject it when finished with it and keeps one for their records.
    I have no idea, its all speculation maybe its what shoes do.

  4. The other day a teacher was following a group of kids out of school calling for one of them, “Johnny, isn’t this your shoe?” holding up a single shoe. True story. Turns out it was a cleat, the young man did have other shoes on. Still it was pretty funny πŸ™‚

  5. Oh, the poor single shoes. When will somebody start a lonely hearts service to help them find true love?

  6. Tom says:

    I once met a lonely female shoe in San Francisco after that green Irish day – and lost the photo in a laptop-crash.

    • I cringe at the thought of the laptop crash! Years ago, when I was in high school, I worked at a Holiday Inn hotel. One day while cleaning a room, I found a high-heeled shoe under the bed and a note that said to “Call me when you’re back in town.” Hmmmmm.

      • Pete says:

        Never mind a laptop crash in the days we used floppy discs and John Major was our prime minister, his speech writer past a final draft of a speech which had taken two days to put together to the woman who was type up the speech before passing it to Major for him to learn for the speech to be given the next day. The woman took it home to finish, then put the finished speech on to a floppy, so she didn’t forget it she fixed it to the refrigerator door with a fridge magnet……… If you yave read this and to young to know why then please ask πŸ™‚

      • Yikes!! Not too young and married to an IT guy.

      • Pete says:

        I wonder if she got the boot?…………….. and the other one was gound hanging on the fence outside 10 Downing st……… πŸ™‚

      • Pete says:

        I have to apologies for my words starting with or including letter which are not suppose to be there, I am on my tablet and having problems with hand eye, well its everything hence the brain scan on 19th……..so until they fix what ever is wrong will have to place this on everything I post….lol mind you if I go really slow its ok but I go so slow I bore myself and fall asleep lol You would think after nearly 20 years in IT and taught to type by Her Majesty Armed Forces I would never get it wrong………lol thats what having a broken brain does for you πŸ™‚

      • Not to worry. I knew what you meant. I pray all will be well with you!


      • Pete says:

        Thank you, its been coming and going for or a few years now. Trying to tell two police officers who have just watched me stagger to and drive away in my car that I dont drink or take anything not given to me by the doctor but they still insist I blow in the bag, dont think they were very happy when I offered to wring out my incontinence nappy for the urine sample πŸ™‚

  7. Marianne says:

    Yeah – I’ve wondered about that, too πŸ™‚

  8. When I was about 8 I lost one of my saddle shoes on purpose because I hated the shoes! Thought they were ugly so when I got off the school bus one shoe went in the gutter and I walked home with only one shoe on. I don’t remember what I told my parents as to why I came home from school with only one saddle shoe but needless to say off to Buster Brown we went and I got a new pair of shoes. Not saddle shoes!! LOL!!

    • πŸ™‚ I had bad arches and was pigeon-toed, so the foot doctor had me wearing special shoes, which were saddle shoes. Never wanted to wear them again once I got a pair of loafers (and I wore athletic shoes at recess), but they were too expensive to get rid of. πŸ™‚ Found out much later that lots of sprinters are pigeon-toed, so that worked for me.


  9. tjparis says:

    Thank goodness others out there have notice this phenomenon! Thank you for bringing this vital truth into the light! πŸ™‚

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  11. MythRider says:

    I always imagine siblings having a disagreement and one throws the other’s shoe out the car window and the parent driving refuses to stop so the offended party can retrieve it. And no, I do not speak from experience. I’m just thinking …

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