Wednesday, September 17, 2008


On the way to Cow Town just outside of Reno and inside the California border sits this tree. It's a shoe tree unlike any shoe tree you've ever seen before.

For years people stop, ties the laces together of an old pair of sneakers or sport shoes and sling them up and over one of the branches of this tree.

And for years the people in charge of stopping fun have attempted to stop the practice of decorating the shoe tree. Whatever they're doing to halt people from slinging their shoes over a limb is obviously not working.
One year the department of transportation took every shoe off of the tree. In a couple of weeks there were even more shoes on the tree than there were before.

People are going to do what people are doing to do. If we wanna sling shoes then hell, we'll sling shoes.

In the old West cattle rustlers, horse thieves, murderers, and other low life were strung up.

In the new West while we'd still love to string 'em up it's no longer socially acceptable to do that. Instead we hang sneakers by the laces until dead.

Don't you just love this?

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Jessi said...

I do love that!!!!! I wanna hang some shoes on that tree! When I was in Turkey they had a similar looking tree that everyone tied white fabric to. They called it a wishing tree, and piece of fabric was a wish. It was awesome.

Flyinfox_SATX said...

We used to do that on the telephone wires and power lines back in Jersey. The DOE in town used to get pissed off at that....

Max Watson said...

Great place for the homeless to pick up some new shoes.

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