Lost soles come together in mobile photo blog of missing shoes
Call it a strange quirk of urban life: Our city streets are littered with the lost soles of shoes that have gone missing. How did they get there? Where's their mate? What's become of their presumably now barefooted master?
Solely Found, a Tumblr blog by interior designer Michelle Dirkse of Seattle, Washington, attempts to answer some of these questions by offering a collection of currated smartphone photos documenting this lost shoe phenomenon, along with clever captions that identify where the footwear was found and sometimes speculate about how they became a lost cause.
All those lost soles have led Dirkse to a few conclusions she shared with us: "It's more common to find one lost shoe (truly a "solely' found shoe) than two. If a pair of shoes is found, they're often missing the laces. Flip-flops and sneakers seem to be the most common thing to lose, and I can't wait to find a fancy high heel (I suspect the heel will have been broken if I ever do find one)."
Solely Found isn't alone in its lost shoe cataloging: David Hartzell's Mysterious Shoes of San Francisco compiles mobile photos of the same subject in that city. How many other similar lost sole sites are out there?
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