More about shoe trees
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.