Top 10 Examples of Shoe Tossing and Shoefiti

Making these tops 10 lists is a lot like going down a rabbit hole. You could be looking for images of “cats in pajamas” one minute and suddenly find something better to look at the next. And while looking for images for my post “Top 10 Easter Trees” I stumbled across something quite odd. You see it is said to be quite lucky (mostly with golfers) to throw your old shoes and boots into trees and other hard to reach places. So let’s take a look at this strange custom as we take a peek at…


Top 10 Examples of Shoe Tossing and Shoefiti

BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Best Quotes About Shoes


Shoe Tossing: Rainbow Coloured Shoes
Shoe Tossing: Rainbow Coloured Shoes

10 – “Somewhere over the shoe rainbow!”

Christian Louboutin once said: ”A naked woman in heels is a beautiful thing. A naked man in shoes looks like a fool.”

Shoe Tossing: Hundreds of Shoes on a Tree
Shoe Tossing: Hundreds of Shoes on a Tree

9 – Is it just me or can I see a wooden leg!?

Steven Morrissey once said: ”Age shouldn’t affect you. It’s just like the size of your shoes – they don’t determine how you live your life! You’re either marvellous or you’re boring, regardless of your age.”

Shoe Tossing: Hundreds of Clogs in a Tree
Shoe Tossing: Hundreds of Clogs in a Tree

8 – Dutch shoes do grow on trees!

Neil Kurshan once said: ”Walk a mile in my shoes is good advice. Our children will learn to respect others if they are used to imagining themselves in another’s place.”

Shoe Tossing: Shoes in a Frozen Tree
Shoe Tossing: Shoes in a Frozen Tree

7 – Frozen in time, but never forgotten.

Charles Barkley once said: ”These are my new shoes. They’re good shoes. They won’t make you rich like me, they won’t make you rebound like me, they definitely won’t make you handsome like me. They’ll only make you have shoes like me. That’s it.”

Shoe Tossing: Shoes on Scaffolding
Shoe Tossing: Shoes on Scaffolding

6 – Walking in the air

Christian Louboutin once said: ”There is an element of seduction in shoes that doesn’t exist for men. A woman can be sexy, charming, witty or shy with her shoes.”

Shoe Tossing: Shoes Hung Over a Telephone Line
Shoe Tossing: Shoes Hung Over a Telephone Line

5 – More shoes on a wire than birds!

John Locke once said: ”Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip.”

Shoe Tossing: Historical Shoe Tree
Shoe Tossing: Historical Shoe Tree

4 – Why does the sign say “Almost historical”?!?

Victor Hugo once said: ”I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, – and the stars through his soul.”

Shoe Tossing: Thousands of Shoes on a Tree
Shoe Tossing: Thousands of Shoes on a Tree

3 – That is an awful lot of shoes!

Oprah Winfrey once said: ”You can cry, ain’t no shame in it.I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.”

Shoe Tossing: Desert Tree With Shoes Flung Over it
Shoe Tossing: Desert Tree With Shoes Flung Over it

2 – It has to be said that some images of shoefiti are quite beautiful!

Denis Waitley once said: ”I had the blues because I had no shoes until, upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.”

Shoe Tossing: Desert Tree With Thousands of Shoes in it
Shoe Tossing: Desert Tree With Thousands of Shoes in it

1 – The Shoe Tree on the Loneliest Highway in America

Marilyn Monroe once said: ”Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”

70 thoughts on “Top 10 Examples of Shoe Tossing and Shoefiti”

  1. Has anyone seen the tree in Southern east side of Oregon with shoes in the tree. It is on the main highway.

  2. I’m going to Devil’s Hollow today to take pictures of our own local shoe tree. I think I have several pair up there already. May add another pair today. Thanks for sharing the cool pictures. 🙂

  3. I know a bully will throw another kid’s shoe up real high like a tree or telephone wire and that is just cruel. But to see the massive amounts of shoes in those spots in your photos makes me very curious as to why? But maybe the why is “Made you look!”

  4. Someone did this on an above street wire to my youngest son’s and his 2 friends. We finally got the shoes back and down. Never leave shoes out by a public sidewalk.

  5. Fascinating. I have seen a shoe tree way out in the middle of nowhere on a California highway! Although I have driven on the Loneliest Highway in America several times I have not seen that particular tree. I love the photograph with the clogs!

  6. Well some other people have also said similar that it is a sign of a drug dealers house, but I myself have not heard anything like that, but that doesn’t mean to say it isn’t true.

  7. Ya know, I just don’t get it. I see tennis shoes hanging from street wires around my city from time to time and I have never seen the point of it. I always figure it’s kids doing it on a lark. These photos demonstrate that the appeal/urge runs very deeply in certain psyches. I marvel. 🙂

  8. Shoe tree? Where I am from – shoes, especially Bob Taylor style Converse are a straight ‘hood indication that there are illegal drugs available in the neighborhood. I guess one “business sign” is another person’s art. Colors, sizes and placement on the telephone/power wires indicate kind/type of illegal drug. Once again, can’t give up on humanity…these “shoe trees” are art in other parts of the country and world. Whodda thought!? I can’t wait to tell my co-workers! They won’t believe me. I’ll try to take a photograph of the local shoe tree artist work in between random gunfire. I bet I will get some good “models” willing to pose too! Thank You for giving me something to smile about…and seeing my somewhat tainted world through a more worldly lens. I guess that is what blogging is all about…

  9. Where shoes are found strewn about phone lines in my part of Midwest, USA, the rumor is that drug dealers are nearby and you can purchase near the shoes. Not sure that that’s ever been verified.

  10. there’s 2 or 3 examples in the east end of london – one beautiful tree outside a shelter/hostel near Brick Lane opposite the old shoreditch station, and a solitary pair on overhead cable near stepney green – although the latter looks like the evidence of horrid bullying after school, they’ve been there for 4-5 years, and I always wonder when the laces will rot……….. the shoes are already way out of fashion….the loveliest piece of shoefiti I ever saw, is in the peasant/rural museum on the edge of the Bois de Bologne in Paris – a tree with clogs as fruit, carved out of a honeyish coloured wood, about 75cm-1m high – absolutely stunning craftspersonship, and not made for some rich person’s whimsy
    really liked the story from the army base – as they say, traditions are only as old as your grandmother, and we should invent new ones all the time, I reckon

  11. I haven’t seen shoe trees but I have noticed a lone pair of shoes on an power lines and other wires. Remember, when they founded this country, they wanted to make sure they had everything opposite the British way. In some ways they missed some really good things but they were determined not to copy anything British.

  12. I guess this would be throw the old shoe away symbol kinda thing? I remember the lady in the shoe house fairy tale.

  13. This is a big thing in the Philadelphia area where I live. You see shoes over wires all the time in all kinds of neighborhoods. Grass roots kind of thing, people just do it, nothing self-conscious about it. I’ve always liked it!

  14. I heard that sometimes (usa) when someone is killed from a gang or something similar, that the deceased’s shoes are thrown up onto a telephone/electrical wire in rememberance.

  15. We have a “shoe tree” close by my home in Germany near an old American post. American soldiers, would toss their boots up there, before leaving. If the boots would not stick on the first try, they thought that one day they would return.

  16. THERE IS A ROLLER SKATE IN TREE NUMBER 4!!!! XD How awesome is that!! And yes indeedy I see a wooden leg too!!! This was a fun post!!

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