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Oct 11 2013

Shoes Glorious Shoes…

That’s how the song goes, isn’t it?  OK, OK, I know it isn’t but it would work, wouldn’t it?  Or, is it just me who thinks that?  Perhaps, I should have called it ‘Shoemazing!’  Well, whatever, today’s Foto Friday, which I’m sure you’ve been missing over the past few weeks, is back with a good’un.

One of the many things I love about travelling is that when I think I have seen it all, I come across something like this…

shoes, ljubljana

‘Are they birds?’  Are they planes?’, I hear you shout.  No, they’re shoes!

I arrived in Ljubljana by train from Zagreb and, having taken the scenic route on foot from the train station to my hostel (the long way round by accident), I came across what looked like shoes hanging above my head.  On closer inspection, they were, indeed, shoes.  I stopped to take a photo and a quick video, as you do when you come across such an unusual sight.  I thought it must be a piece of artwork but, during my time in Ljubljana, I found more shoes suspended above my head in other parts of the city.

If you search on the internet, you’ll find different theories to explain why there are shoes suspended above the road.  I spoke to another traveller after I had moved on to Bled.  He went on a walking tour when he was in Ljubljana and was given a couple of explanations; one of which is the same as the explanation on Gadling.  Apparently, it marks the end of term for students.  According to the information on Gadling, the students throw, yes, throw the shoes up.  Really?  I don’t believe they throw them up.  Someone must get up there with a ladder or take down the wire or rope and secure the shoes in place.  They’d fall down otherwise, wouldn’t they?  It was too high up for me to see but they all seemed to be fitted securely.

To me, the ‘how’ or ‘why’ doesn’t really matter.  In fact, I love the idea of not really knowing the reason for doing this.  I just love it’s quirkiness and that is what endeared me to Ljubljana.


This is where I first spotted the shoes when I first arrived in Ljubljana but just walk around and you’ll find more hanging around.  It really is shoemazing!  Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!

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What do you think about this whole shoe thing?  Do you have any insights into who might do this and why?

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.


  1. Jennifer

    That is a lot of shoes! Maybe one pair got stuck up there and others began tossing more and more shoes up?


    Yes and there are lots more shoes dangling above other streets in the city, Jennifer. I like your theory! That is quite possibly what happened. I wonder if they add lights at Christmas 🙂

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