Maples and sage brush come from seeds, roses come from the florist, where do these shoes come from? I have heard many answers from all sorts of people but none knew for sure. I tend to have too much time on my hands and decided to use it to find the answer to this important question.
Luis, far right-
“It’s a marking of time. We always did it with Pro-Keds, that’s what we always wore. You would wear those things till they couldn’t be worn any more. Once you can’t tape them up anymore, you get new ones, and throw the old ones up on the wire. We would do it at the hang out, ya know, so we all can see. I could look up and be like, there’s ’84, there’s ’87. Man, we can look up and be like I can’t believe I used to fit in those.”
“That’s to let you know where you can get that stuff. Ya know, it’s a drug corner. I thought everyone knew that. It’s a hot-spot.”
“They talk about a recession, we been in recession. We always been poor. We was all poor and didn’t never get nothin’ new, so when we did get some new shoes we wanted to show them off. We took our old ones, threw ’em on the wire to let everyone know we had new ones.”
“It’s nostalgia. Ya throw ’em up when ya move, to mark where you used to live. So the folks on the block don’t forget you.”
I always thought the shoes were the work of older brothers playing the ultimate game of keep-a-way on younger siblings.
I got the shoes mark where to buy drugs answer many, many, times. Once I started walking around and asking people on the street, I noticed something…
There may be many reasons, I may never decide on which ones are true or best, but what should I make of the fact that none of the people who told me the shoes mark drug corners have either bought drugs or thrown shoes up on a wire?
Note- I promised my wife I wouldn’t take my computer on vacation. See ya in September.