On a recent walk I stumbled upon a pair of shoes hanging from the branch of a tree. This isn't the first time I've seen this strange phenomena but I'm always a little confused by it and wonder "why do people do that?"
A quick search reveals varying explanations . . . . an act of bullying, advertising the sale of drugs, to mark the death of someone, to commemorate a rite of passage, as a practical joke or simply human instinct in wanting to leave our mark.
It's as though each pair tells a story, but one that's written in a foreign language. I'd love to be able to be able to decipher it all and learn why someone felt compelled to throw away a pair of shoes.
Have you ever done this? What were your reasons? Did you walk home barefoot? Enquiring minds would love to know.