18 Feb

Dangling Shooz

So I am driving in the middle of nowhere and I see these shoes dangling from a hydro wire. Does anyone know if this means something? Did some kids just drop by and throw a perfectly good pair of sneaks up for fun? One person told me it represents a death that happened near by and another said its gang related or drugs are sold here. Huh? Perhaps it was the giant Muskoka vultures that swooped down and picked someone up and as they kicked their legs in the struggle the laces got tangled and the shoes fell off?

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In: in and around muskoka ontario

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  1. Chris says:

    We use to do it in our youth for kicks. Only after you got a new pair and were throwing the old ones out. This would have been in the sixties! Haven’t heard any other uses.

  2. Craig says:

    This wiki link explains a lot…


    I’ve always thought it to be a lot more innocent than gangs or drugs.

    Here is google map link to a shoe tree we always pass on our way up to Muskoka. It’s been growing for years…



  3. Ed Boutilier says:

    Thanks for the comments. Yes indeed an innocent act on the back roads of Muskoka. Love the shoe tree. Will have to check it out sometime.

  4. Jenn Jilks says:

    That’s a hoot. Who knew? I’d seen them around, but didn’t think much about them!

  5. Heather says:

    I don’t recall seeing evidence of this “sport” before this photo…I can imagine teens giving it a try though. :0)


  6. leslie says:

    If you go on Hewlitt rd, just down from the trout farm you will see a tree on the right on the bend. might want to check it out

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