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The Great Shoe Tree

Location #8218
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Created By:The Duke
Creation Date: 7/10/2013
Last Updated: 10/18/2018
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Couldn't find the category for abandoned shoes. :P

Outside Description: I think the description below sums it up. The rest of the article can be found at the link below.

I t was all started by a Brantford woman.

The odd "shoe tree" on Green Lane in Paris, just north of Highway 2 began with a pair of Lenora Sherk'sgrandkids shoes that she nailed to an old tree.

"My husband,Bill,and I were talking and I said. 'You know what we need? A shoe tree!'"

Apparently the Sherks have seen other such trees. According to the Internet, it's a worldwide phenomenon with some trees featuring footwear that's looped over branches by their laces and other, far fewer, trees with shoes nailed to them, such as Lenora's vision.

"The shoes are worn out so people can't get upset and the tree is very old. It's not going to hurt it. It's not even a nice tree."

The tree collected a lot of soles at one point but Lenora says some ecologists went along the road cleaning up and cleared away most of the footwear donations.

"Some people take things too far," she sniffs.

Shoe trees in other locations have become actual tourist attractions and they're always popular with kids.

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Address: 191-203 Green Lane, Brant, ON N3L 3H4, Canada

anna12104 3/25/2018 9:57:27 AM

I love this spot, I grew up around it, this tree is a legend

f.o.s. 4/9/2014 10:23:18 PM

It never ceases to amaze me how people can be so heartless and abandon their shoes like this

Storytrail 7/12/2013 9:03:55 AM

I've seen a few 'shoe trees' around, but I've never seen one with that many shoes haha.

trailblazer519 7/12/2013 2:18:31 AM

Haha!.. I just found it in the public forum from May. Thats pretty funny, I remember it now..

trailblazer519 7/11/2013 11:43:39 PM

About you doing a nude decayed photoshoot, ...no wait!! that was someone else, nvrmd.. :-P lol

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