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New Pair of Shoes (On A Wire)

New Pair of Shoes (On A Wire)The several pairs of shoes hanging on a cable next to the library are sadly/finally gone, but fear not, I have found a new pair of shoes on a cable on campus! The above pair of shoes is hanging just outside the Boyd Orr Building, above a part of the car park.

I featured the Hillhead Shoes last August, although by the time I posted that particular photo, taken some months earlier, they had already been removed.

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2 responses

  1. I recently heard that these shoes on a wire are often used to denote that drugs are for sale nearby. That was a new one on me – I still just assume it’s drunken student high-jinks.

    January 28, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    • According to Wikipedia, there are numerous different possible explanations for the shoes, some of them more sinister than others. Drugs is one explanation, or gang activity. It could also simply be drunken antics, with someone stealing a drunk friend’s shoes and throwing them on the overhead wires for a laugh. It could be art, or a form of graffiti called “Shoefiti”.

      The entry actually specifically mentions Scotland, suggesting that when a young man loses his virginity he tosses his shoes up a telephone line to announce this to his friends. Considering this is a University campus, this seems quite possible. I’d still put my money on the drunken prank.

      January 29, 2010 at 11:42 am

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