Why do you see pairs of shoes hanging by the laces from power lines?


All across the United States, you'll encounter discarded shoes hanging from wires, poles, and trees. Theories as to what these shoes signify abound, but, contrary to what one hears, there's no one right answer.


* Crack dealers festoon wires to advertise their presence in the neighborhood.


* The shoes increase wire visibility for low-flying aircraft.


* Overly puffed-up boys who have just lost their virginity or otherwise passed a sexual milestone look to signal the event to others.


* Graduating seniors mark this transition in their lives by leaving something of themselves behind; namely, their shoes.


* Kids do it just because it's fun. And besides, what else are you going to do with a worn-out pair of sneakers other than tie the laces together and toss them high?



Photo Friday Submission: Immature


  • gotham_pics 9y

    always loved seeing a pair of shoes hanging from the lines

    (from the 1on1 group)
  • tanakawho PRO 9y

    Interesting explanation!
    From The Continuum Pool
  • Irene 9y

    Very interesting.

    From The Continuum Pool
  • PolloPatagonico 9y

    I dont have idea, but here, in Argentina is the same, btw...

  • Darlene Martin 9y

    probably all ligitimate reason........never thought of the first one though...........we got them in our town
  • Azure1070 9y

    This was voted a maybe from Hit, Miss or Maybe
  • Darlene Martin 9y

    Like the write up with it......and we can all relate to it......!(from the CARPE DIEM group)
  • Houman 9y

    it is funy how the same act ,is interpeted the same in many countries all around the is the same thin in Iran.
    i like it because it is more then a picture of shoes on a wire.
  • Residual Effects 9y

    ** This was voted a Hit from Hit, Miss or Maybe **
  • Jason Presser PRO 9y

    Great capture and explaination..I have always wondered and have gotten many different answers from people..anyway great capture...(from the CARPE DIEM group)
  • Sheri 9y

    Unique shot...I like the scale and the contrast.
    (from the CARPE DIEM group)
  • Little*Rabbit 9y

    My brothers used to do this all they time... for the last reason. It almost seemed like a right of passage. :o)

    Great capture!
  • Hance Gesell PRO 9y

    Don't forget the school bully that had nothing better to do but throw your sneakers where you could never get them.

    Anyway great picture.
  • zencoffee 9y

    hey...those are my shoes!
  • Luciana PRO 9y

    hmmm... so when the strings rotten they will fall on someone's head??? hehehe
  • kerianna09 9y

    heheeh. signals for an invasion.
  • Earl 9y

    When I was a kid, it was the last thing you did when they were worn out and you had new ones. I always thought it was kind of harmless - but I didn't work for the phone company!
  • Amancay Maahs 9y

    the thing of it is... they never look like worn out sneakers to me, I alays saw it as the bully factor: stealing someone's shoes and tossing them away as a sign of power/control!
  • Donna 9y

    We have a few shoes hanging around up here as well. Great theories...I didn't realize there were so many, I thought the individuals were just stupid! :-))
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