January 24, 2004

And the cardboard was made by 5-year olds in a Vietnamese sweatshop

If you've never noticed sneakers hanging on wires in your town, I can only assume you don't look upwards all that often. However, I can't imagine anyone sees this very often: cardboard cutouts shaped like sneakers, hanging from a wire.


(Here's another, blurrier shot from a different angle that shows their two-dimensionality a bit better.)

Anyone got any ideas about this? Did someone try selling sneaker replicas for people who liked the idea of throwing their sneakers over a wire, but didn't want to get rid of their actual shoes? If not, then what could they be from? Cardboard sneakers don't seem like an exceptionally fun toy, even with laces attached.

Posted by Francis at 07:08 PM

They are obviously decoys placed by someone seeking to attract (and possibly capture) real sneakers.

Posted by: Rick Blaine at January 25, 2004 12:38 AM

It could be a really eccentric advertisement for Big Fish. (For explanation, see Big Fish.)

Posted by: Dan at January 25, 2004 12:54 PM

Extremely belated update: I saw another pair of these in Williamsburg a couple weeks ago.

Posted by: Francis at April 19, 2004 02:42 PM