Hoboken sidewalk shoes

8/15/2008:

Since Hoboken411 started almost two and a half years ago, if you guessed that I’ve taken tens of thousands of pictures around town, you’re right!

And as with any kind of photography-related project, most pictures don’t “make the cut” for one reason or another. Naturally, with digital photography, you can pretty much take hundreds of extra pictures to be sure you get one that you’re satisfied with. Other times, you just snap pictures for no reason.

This is one of those instances.

Mystery Shoes

Can you guess the reason why the shoes in each of these pictures were on the sidewalk? I’d assume that the kids shoes were lost, or fell off a stroller. But the adult shoes, I’m not sure why they’d be on the street!

Was it someone “donating” them to a random homeless person? Was it a homeless person who just “left them in the closet?” Or maybe a drunk person just dropped them while stumbling home.

Whatever the reason, it always seems out of place, doesn’t it?

PHOTO GALLERY (HOLD MOUSE OVER IMAGE TO NAVIGATE – 2 PHOTOS IN THIS SET)

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10 Comments on "Hoboken sidewalk shoes"

escaped68
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Urban myth

globetrotter
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globetrotter

[quote comment=”99693″]Usually shoes hung on the power lines signified a drug corner. I wonder if this could be the same thing. Maybe there are drugs in the shoes?[/quote]
Wow. I thought that was amateur Eruvim…

beerzgood
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beerzgood

The poor shoes are victims of dog mounds. 😈

Stabone130
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Just an unattended shoe…or a bomb????

Actually, when people put things on fences, phones or benches like that — its because it was found on the street & they put them up so they’re more noticeable in case the owner comes looking for them.

Mystery solved.

elainetyger
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elainetyger

Adult shoes could also be sidewalk specials that teenagers pick up and toss around. We put unwanted clothes and shoes over the front gate or on the sidewalk instead of in the trash if they’re not terribly beaten up, and they usually disappear in a hurry. Sometimes, however, people take things they don’t want. Once, we put out books, and after Hoboken High let out, we found them thrown all over a 2-block radius and we picked them up so the neighbors wouldn’t get pissed off.

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