Driving up Décarie the other day, right there on the side of the center lane of the highway was yet another lost sole. This one was a relatively new looking suede platform shoe with a good five inch spike heel, just lying there all by itself on the road. I looked around to find it’s companion but once again, there was no other shoe to go with it, no leg attached to it nor anywhere in the vicinity. Years I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out how the hell one manages to lose just one shoe!! Sometimes I walk by a lone sock in my travels and that had me confused too but then one day I decided that it was possible to lose just one sock. If you’re on your way to the laundromat and your bag isn’t quite closed properly, well you can lose a sock or a bra or something. But a shoe??? How can you lose a shoe and not notice?
Often I’ve had the joy of walking behind someone who loses a shoe right in front of me. They’re flying down the street and their heel gets stuck in some grill or other type of hole on the sidewalk. I love it when that happens. Every single time I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing such a thing, it’s some woman wearing heels and she’s on a mission flying down the street with some serious momentum. Now that’s normal, after all, have you ever seen someone in heels just sauntering down the street? No, you don’t put on heels to simply saunter. With heels you need to maintain a certain pace otherwise the whole look goes right out the window! So imagine the scene…there’s some woman flying down the sidewalk on a mission when, oops, her shoe gets stuck in a metro grill or a manhole cover. With the momentum she’s got going, she takes a good three steps, up and down since she’s now got one leg five inches higher than the other, before she stops in her tracks. She noticed right away that she’d lost her shoe but it took her three good steps to come to a full stop. Now does she look back at her lost sole, simply decide to abandon her shoe and carry on? No! Instead she hobbles six steps back because without the other shoe she can’t fly at the same clip, bends over and gets her shoe.
I’ve seen women lose their shoes on a number of occasions and it’s just as amusing every single time. I have yet to see a man lose a shoe in mid stride, yet, I’ve seen many abandoned male shoes on the streets like this old sole I shot while walking through an upscale neighbourhood in Boston. I’m sure you all have too, and have you ever noticed that despite our sometimes difficult weather conditions, you never come across an abandoned boot? It seems to be only shoes which adds to the mystery. It leads me to believe that this would be because a boot doesn’t come off one’s limb quite as easily. But it still doesn’t explain how people don’t notice that they now only have one shoe on. Now, if someone could solve this one for me once and for all, I could clear up some much needed head space to dedicate to other things… I do have other things to think about, really, I do!