Abandoned Shoes: Winter

What circumstances lead someone to lose a shoe in winter?

I found the first of these on December 20, 2010. It’s a child-size flipflop — the left one — upside in the snow. Why was a child wearing a flip-flop in winter? Or had it been lying there in the grass and the leaves for months, flung off in a kick during warmer weather?

I found the second of these just two days later and a few blocks away, an un-scuffed walking shoe — also the left one — still tied, surrounded by damp patches of concrete and a few remaining spots of snow. Because it’s right beside a traffic light, I can imagine the man who wore it leaning against the utility pole as he slipped it off and walked away.

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