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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

Very interesting stop. Would love to know the actual origins of this Shoe Tree site.

[Suzanne Thompson, 07/02/2019]

Shoe Tree.

Shoe Tree

This Shoe Tree is quite a thought-provoking roadside stop, wherein your imagination runs wild thinking of how some pairs of shoes made it as high up as they are in this tree! Don't let the animal carcass alarm you, it must have been shopping 'til it dropped! This is a neat and creepy site filled with any type of shoe you can imagine.

[Lindsay Ellis, 09/28/2018]

Shoe Tree.

Shoe Tree

I had never seen nor heard of this Shoe Tree. My husband and I were traveling up north on Highway 131 when we saw the tree with a multitude of shoes hanging from it, and it fascinated me.

[Julie F, 10/25/2016]

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.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Robinson Scenic GardensRobinson Scenic Gardens, Mancelona, MI - 3 mi.
Big Trout FountainBig Trout Fountain, Kalkaska, MI - 3 mi.
Woolly MammothWoolly Mammoth, Elk Rapids, MI - 15 mi.
In the region:
45th Parallel Sign, Suttons Bay, MI - 28 mi.

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