Shoe Fence // Rice, California - The Dainty Squid

Shoe Fence // Rice, California

Monday, June 23, 2014

While we were out West I used the Roadside America app to find lots of neat places to visit. In Rice, California we stumbled upon this shoe fence. I had seen it on the app, didn't think it looked like it was worth driving out of the way for and forgot about it. As luck (?) would have it, it was right on the road we were cruising down. There was no way we could not pull over to check out this crazy place.
If I'm being honest, I've actually always wanted to visit a shoe tree. I don't know why. They're kinda gross but something about it is just interesting to me. This shoe fence blows any shoe tree away. There were SO many pairs of shoes. Some folks even left bras, shirts, and potty training seats in lieu of shoes. Jeff and I didn't really have anything we wanted to contribute but someone had left some permanent markers on the ground so I had Jeff leave our mark on some pipe.

All of the photos above were taken with a pentax k1000 and Fujifilm 35mm Superia X-TRA 400.

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8 thoughts

  1. Man, that shoe fence looks so surreal! Great find.

  2. What an interesting find! Did you add your shoes to the fence?

    xoxo Sydney

  3. Wow, a fence of shoes! People come up with weirdly awesome ideas sometimes. And I guess, when in doubt, leave a toilet seat.

  4. I've never heard of a shoe tree/fence before! Reminds me of those gum walls - definitely gross but so gross and weird that I really want to see one now.

  5. Am I the only person that thinks this is sad?

    1. It just seems like such a waste when so many people in the world are without shoes. It smacks of American excess, especially since many of the shoes seem to be in perfect condition. Sorry to be such a downer. Maybe if they were the odd mate-less ones you see on the side of the road, then I'd feel better about it.

  6. Whoa, I never knew something like this existed! I sure am learning a lot on your blog today, haha. This is a pretty wild thing!


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