The GUARDIAN was driving along U.S. 20 between Vale and Juntura, Oregon recently and came across this “Shoe Tree.”
Many of the shoes are signed and dated. They are mostly sneakers of some sort, but there are cowboy boots, hiking boots, sandals, and more hanging from the branches of the lonely tree.
At the cafe in Juntura a waitress told us it was “like yellow ribbons for the troops.” It didn’t make much sense until we recalled rubber bands on wrists, magnetic vinyl on cars, and plastic ribbons on trees. Why not shoes tossed into the branches of a tree?
It makes you think.
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