Sunday, January 2, 2011

Surprise Shoes

My Brother and his wife came over yesterday to hang out, and it was such a nice day we decided to go on a walk. We were on campus at Pacific University when someone noticed this was above us:
Somewhere between 50-100 pairs of shoes tied together and hanging in a tree right outside the student center. They were all different sizes and colors. From the amount of moss on them, it looked like they had been there a few months. If anyone knows the story here, I'd love to hear it. 

*Added 1/4/2011
Wikipedia says this:
shoe tree, not to be confused with the shoe-preservation device of the same name, is tree(or, occasionally, a powerline pole or other wooden object) that has been festooned with old shoes. Shoe trees are generally located alongside a major local thoroughfare, and may have a theme (such as high-heeled shoes). There are currently at least seventy-six such shoe trees in the United States, and an undetermined number elsewhere.


  1. Uh oh...

    They have a similar tradition at outside a frat house at WSU...

    I feel bad telling you what it means though because it's not appropriate for little ears! If I just say that it has to do with "action" will that be enough that you'll say, "ah! gross!" and we'll leave it at that?

  2. My brother suggested something related to that also, but I'm really hoping since it's between the student center and the media arts building that it's some kind of art project. I'm sure if the school didn't know what was going on that they would have taken it down by now.