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The Great Shoe Tree

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Discovered by The Duke
Created Jul 10 2013
Recent status Active
Category Other
City Brant County, Ontario
Location # 8218
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The Great Shoe Tree 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's grandkids 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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anna12104 I love this spot, I grew up around it, this tree is a legend

Mar 25 2018  • 0 like(s)

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

Apr 09 2014  • 0 like(s)

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

Jul 12 2013  • 0 like(s)

trailblazer519 Haha!.. I just found it in the public forum from May. Thats pretty funny, I remember it now..

Jul 12 2013  • 0 like(s)

trailblazer519 About you doing a nude decayed photoshoot, ...no wait!! that was someone else, nvrmd.. :-P lol

Jul 11 2013  • 0 like(s)

ground state What were we talking about?

Jul 11 2013  • 0 like(s)

f.o.s. I think superss remembered...he's got a real knack for retaining information ;)

Jul 11 2013  • 0 like(s)

trailblazer519 Actually I was just kidding.. Lol

Jul 11 2013  • 0 like(s)

trailblazer519 We've ALL heard about it gs.. :-) There's a shoe tree in Orangeville too..

Jul 11 2013  • 0 like(s)

timekeeper This tree's got sole!

Jul 11 2013  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user I dunno why this is even on here...but since it is I'll add a few.

Jul 11 2013  • 0 like(s)

ground state You heard about that?!? :)

Jul 11 2013  • 0 like(s)

superss There ya go ground state.

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