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It's been written about, photographed and documented on film, but still no-one really knows why so many shoes are hanging from powerlines around the world.
From sexy to sinister, the reasons behind sneaker-tossing have become the stuff of urban legend and in the 1990s it was even given its own term: 'shoefiti'.
Popular theories are that they signify gangland turf, drug houses, that someone's recently lost their virginity, or just a plain old schoolyard prank.
"It's a beautiful, incongruous image that you have this thing that's designed to walk on the Earth and there it is floating about you in the sky. It's a beautiful juxtaposition."
Originally posted by wigit
I've seen this and it made me laugh. A signal for drug-dealers? Maybe in some places.
Where I saw it was not too far from a high-school. I think it was just boys having a carry on with their mates, pinching gym shoes or trainers from each others bags and tossing them over the lines for a prank. Next time I'll be sure to take a pic.
Shoefiti - great name.