Kalkaska, Michigan: Shoe Tree

One of many footwear-garnished trees across our shoe-surplus country.
US Hwy 131, Kalkaska, MI
Three miles north of town on US 131. On the west side of the road.
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Shoe Tree.

Shoe Tree

Pretty standard for a shoe tree - looks like they've started to expand to the tree next door as well.

[Kait, 06/16/2012]

March 2013: Ron R. writes: "Approx. three winters ago (2010) one of the large branchs near the road broke from the weight of the shoes and snow, and that is the reason it has spread to the nearby tree."

Rubber waders.

Shoe Tree - Rubber Waders

My husband and I saw this shoe tree and turned the car around to get pictures. We have never seen anything like this in our home state of Missouri -- this caught our eye! It is outside Kalkaska, MI. There was even a huge pair of waders up high in the tree.

[Lynette and Mark R, 03/05/2009]

In February 2010 the tree was trimmed to keep shoes from falling on the highway, but it was otherwise left unmolested.

Shoe Tree.

Shoe Tree

This shoe tree is in Kalkaska County on US-131 between Mancelona and Kalkaska. I'm not sure when it originated, but it has been collecting shoes for at least eleven years, as there is a pair with a 1995 date on them.

[Mark Jeska, 11/22/2006]

Shoe tree.

Shoe Tree

This is my 2nd shoe tree sighting. Folks say that the high school graduates started throwing their shoes there upon graduation. Who knows if this is true?

[Sindy Kievit, 06/23/2005]

Shoe tree.

Shoe Tree

It's a big hardwood shoe tree. Lots of shoes - some pretty high up. It looks as though some of the shoes have notes tied to them.

[Rose Petersen, 06/20/2004]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Big Trout FountainBig Trout Fountain, Kalkaska, MI - 3 mi.
Robinson Scenic GardensRobinson Scenic Gardens, Mancelona, MI - 9 mi.
Monument to the Dean of Michigan's Tourism ActivityMonument to the Dean of Michigan's Tourism Activity, Kewadin, MI - 15 mi.
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Big Swan Statue, Elk Rapids, MI - 15 mi.

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