Wednesday, October 28, 2009

WHAT IS A SHOE TREE?


Or better yet, why?

Do you have any of these around where you live?

This one is between Madras and Shaniko on US 97 in north central Oregon. I know of another one on US 26 in Oregon between Vale and Juntura. I seem to recall someone telling me there is one here in NE Oregon somewhere... I shall inquire.

Please tell me, if you know: what is a shoe tree all about? 8-)>

15 Comments:

Blogger MRMacrum said...

I think I heard once that it is an Oregon thing. Seems there is something in the water out there that creates an irresistible urge in some Oregonians , specifically Oregonians who are also Catholic, to idolize Imelda Marcos. There is a major push to raise her to the status of Patron Saint of Footwear. Dr Scholl, previously an agnostic, is a recent convert.

Of course I could be wrong. But that's what I heard anyway.

11:40 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

That's funny. I've never heard of such a thing! Maybe I'll start one in Texas.

2:10 AM  
Blogger T. Paine said...

My fellow Oregonians sure can be... bizzare

6:35 AM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

Well, it appears your Oregon poison has spilled outside your borders. It has even gone international. Many states, including I am sad to say my state now have these monuments to Nike. Great britain and even those sensible folks up in Canada are cursed now.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

If a shoe tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it run a sub-10 second 40-yard dash?

10:19 AM  
Blogger Holte Ender said...

There always seems to be a lone sock in my storm ditch, just wondering if there is any correlation here.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

I'd rather have a Money Tree. Know where I can find one?

2:46 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

This reminds me of that old saying "if the tree fits, shoe it".

6:57 AM  
Blogger NorthCountryLiberal said...

I just sent you a couple pictures of a SHOE FENCE on Rt 62 near Vital Junction, CA.

5:12 AM  
Blogger NorthCountryLiberal said...

When we got out of the Army in Germany, often, the last irresistable act of defiance was to tie our boot strings together and throw them over the power lines going to the barracks. I wish I still had a picture of that.

5:16 AM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

i hope people dont hang smelly sneakers on it

2:52 PM  
Blogger Mercurie said...

I have never seen one around here. For all I know, it might be illegal...

5:47 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

The original shoe trees are thought to keep footware straight and at the proper size. I doubt they're worth the cost and trouble. But to each his or her own.

The kind in the photo gets some explantion here.

I think it's like the old (I mean 50-plus years old) Candid Camera caper where some guy stands on a busy streetcorner in New York City, just looking up. There's nothing happening up where he's looking, but as time goes by more and more people stop to look up and spend longer looking up. Soon, lots of people are all around the guy, just looking up, evidently assuming something must be about to happen, or there's something up there they can't quite see. It really is funny.

That's a happening. I think the shoe tree in the photo is a similar phenomenon, part humor, part monkey see, monkey do.

On a more serious note, as you can see in the photo, trees are scarce in that kind of scrub country. I hope the shoes don't harm one of the hardy few to eke out a life there. Like the song says, it ain't easy being green. ;)

7:12 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Thanks for all your comments! I find this kind of thing odd, fascinating, and fairly inexplicable. Maybe better not to just ask why and simply wonder about it... heh!

If I find out about others and see them, I will eventually post some pictures, I'm sure.

Thanks for the photo, NCL. That is pretty cool!

Holte, I know what you mean about the lone sock thing.

Another thing we see occasionally in this part of the world is a single boot placed upside down over the top of a fencepost. Once in a while there will be a glove, but it's always just one of those things, never a pair.

7:09 AM  
Blogger AArdvarker said...

I have no idea why people do this in your state, but down near the border, coyotes who smuggle people across the border sometimes put their captives' shoes in trees, not for a good reason, like a notch in the belt. Like I say, it's not a good thing.

3:34 PM  

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