When I lived in Toronto, this was the time of year I’d take out my Red Star high tops, which were a cheap but very serviceable Converse knock-off.
Another pair of shoes, from my remote correspondent, pistachiowriting.com
Found at Bloor and Dovercourt, Toronto, outside the Tim Horton’s.
I’m in Toronto for a few weeks and thought I wouldn’t be seeing any abandoned shoes here but it is a veritable minefield, a cornucopia, a smorgasbord. Plenty, in other words!
Here’s what I found within this past 10 days:
The first one was this bag / box arrangement near a bus stop: As I neared the corner, I saw it coming and it was great to find a handy bag next to it as well.
They even took the lovely lid off, to help you consider the contents. I was tempted to look inside the Sears bag but decided against. It felt wrong. Something about the lid says Europe, don’t you think?
At the park near my folks, out in the west of the city, there’s a cute little playground. Near it is a bench and some bins, for local residents to picnic, and a nearby recycle bin. This pair were sitting here for days, and are still there a week later, as if no-one dare claim them, although they have been shifting round a bit, so I recon people have been trying them on. Not good enough for anyone to take home though. Used shoes are so personal, so intimate! I now understand better why some cultures consider the importance and significance of feet and shoes so much.
Now for some adventure!
While here in Toronto, I’m staying in this B&B, (Hi Lyndsey!) near Dufferin & Davenport, quite a nice European immigrant neighbourhood, mostly Italian and Portugese. It’s a look I know well and defines this part of the city, in particular on their compact front lawns. I extensively photographed it back in the 80’s when I was a student of photography here and am open (on request) to bore you with some scans from those days.
These flippers were found out on the corner, on the edge of someone’s front lawn, hopefully so someone could take them on their summer holiday. In good nick, if you’re interested. I already have a pair though, so they’re all yours.
And finally, another pair, right by the door to the Dufferin (and Bloor) subway station. It was a crowded, intensely sunny morning, so I didn’t notice them in the shadows for a moment, then pleasantly surprised. Not my thing, but perfectly OK, which is why someone left them out for interested parties, I assume.
Here’s another pic, closer, in case you’re interested. A bit of heel, for those who seek it.
Four pairs in just over a week.
Eyes peeled for more on my ride out along the ravine this afternoon.
My first guest donation to the Abandoned Shoes Project © from someone other than me.
Thanks to Stephanie from Pistachio for her donation of this snazzy pair of trainers from near her home in Dovercourt/Bloor area of Toronto.
Looks like the Tin Man or some robot exploded nearby with those bars and springs…
Anyone else noticing perfectly usable discarded footwear near them?
Another pair, found a week later, on Dewson Street. I guess with summer coming they don’t need their boots?