Re: High With heroin I think it's meant to symbolise the idea that, once you've tried it, you'll never leave. Hence, you don't need your shoes. But this may be symbolism that's been added after the event.
Re: High Rich, one pair of shoes is a signal. We've got many. Big dealer, huh? With the recent marijuana legalization in the state of Colorado, maybe this is the NYC citizens' subtle way, as strange as it sounds, to voice support? Joking aside, I really question whether it is legal to hang things on the traffic light pole.
Re: High No one seems to be able to agree about the meaning of tossed shoes (the BBC even did a segment on this in 2009). It's rare to see this many shoes hanging on line or lamppost, though -- typically you'll see a pair or two -- and our friend PostSandy who sent this photo to us said she had a feeling it was maybe an ad campaign for the nearby Vans shoe store. As yet, I cannot confirm or deny this, but it makes sense as a possibility.
High Is this symbolic in the US? In the UK, one pair of shoes over a house's telephone line is often said to symbolise that a heroin dealer lives in that house, but I've never knocked on doors to see if that actually correlates.
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