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  • It has always puzzled me when I’ve seen clothing lying outside in the street. Children’s clothing and shoes get lost a lot, because you always have to have spares in bags and they escape if you’re not careful. Adult size hats or the odd glove are expected now and then as they can be very easy to lose. But when I see adult’s shoes and clothing lying around I find it quite strange.

    When I was a teenager it would worry me that someone had been attacked & their clothing stolen or ripped from their person. Now I’m older I realise there is probably a more plausible and less worrying explanation, like the clothing has been blown from someone's washing line by the wind. However I do like to make up stories in my head as to why they are there.

    I found these shoes the other day on a little piece of grass on the corner of our road. There were two pairs which for some reason I found a lot stranger than there being just one.

    Immediately I began to wonder why they had been left there. Could the wearers have had sore feet after a night out and decided to take them off. Maybe they were drunk and then couldn’t be bothered to carry them home or had forgotten them. It could be that someone was moving home or throwing them out and the shoes had gone astray or maybe somebody had had an argument and thrown out their friend’s or partner’s shoes, although I think there would be other belongings there too if that were the case. I do like a little mystery!

    I saw again a few days later that the shoes were gone. Hopefully they found their way home or to someone else to make use of them. I wouldn’t have liked them to have ended up at a landfill site. I hate unnecessary waste!
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