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Kalkaska, Michigan: Shoe Tree (Gone)

One of many footwear-garnished trees across our shoe-surplus country.

Three miles north of town on US 131. On the west side of the road.
Shoes removed April 2024.

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Shoe Tree

Torn down April 25, 2024.

[Monica, 04/28/2024]

The Michigan Department of Transportation left part of the tree standing but removed all of the shoes, calling them a "hazard" to both people and the tree.

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."

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