More about shoe trees

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

They are hailed in many com­mu­ni­ties as “road­side land­marks.” High school grad­u­ates toss their shoes into a tree to mark this im­por­tant time in their lives. A shoe tree starts with one dreamer, toss­ing his or her footwear-of-old high into the sky, to catch on an out-of-reach branch. The shoe tree blooms with poly­mer beauty. A work of art like this may last for gen­er­a­tions, trac­ing our his­tory by sneak­ers. Trees across North Amer­ica are fes­tooned with hun­dreds of pairs of sneak­ers.

They have been dis­missed as “a strange rit­ual by bored lo­cals.” In Cal­i­for­nia, a shrunken old desert tree bore both shoes and a va­ri­ety of shirts.

In many trees, shoes have names and mes­sages scrawled on them.

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