Not in my neighborhood please. And, ideally, not in any aesthetically pleasing neighborhood, or one with aspirations to be so. I’m talking about shoe-flinging – the tradition of hurling worn out shoes over utility wires where they can remain for many years, until weather decays the laces or someone mercifully cuts them down.
A nice pair of shoes – fitted on the human foot – are pleasing to the senses. Stacked or lined up neatly in the closet, shoes can look good and make a nice sight. Basically, so long as they are being worn as designed, or properly stored, even the most offensive shoes have no business rising to the level of fodder for a real estate blog post.
I realize I’m making a value judgement here. Maybe that makes me a snob. Shoes perform a noble task in protecting our feet from heat, cold, moisture, injury, and exposure to the grime and scum of the streets. If one wants to build a transparent mausoleum to honor the memory of his/her podiatric warriors, be my guest. Please, just do it out of the sight, smell and senses of your community.
Along with most folks, I associate old shoes with smelly feet and the grime they have tread upon for years. When no longer commissioned for their intended purpose, shoes belong in the recycle or garbage bins. Ultimately, I think most adults, especially property owners, get this:
Old shoes (any shoes for that matter), hanging in a neighborhood, can’t help but communicate that this is a place where dirty ,smelly things exist out of order.
It’s like going to a restaurant and encountering the aroma of flatulence. The restaurant and food may be good, but the experienced is diminished.