Shoe

Shoe

Would you take home the pairless shoe? First published in AlienSkin Magazine, December 2009. (PG)

For those of you that know the story, it’s pretty obvious that Shoe is a retelling of The Red Shoes. I studied The Red Shoes in year 10 and drew some rather terrible charcoal pictures to go with it.

Apparently unrelatedly, a friend of mind has this pair of gorgeous black shoes that I have always admired. Back when I was teaching Pathfinders (like Scouts or Guides or whatevs), the kids did some work with photography, and one of the girls took a photo of said enviable shoes (shown below).

Finally, I don’t know about you, but I always wonder about those single shoes you see lying by the side of the road. Perhaps that isn’t so common elsewhere, but I swear, hardly a week goes by where I don’t see some lone shoe lying discarded by the road. BIZARRE. How can you possibly lose a shoe from a car and not realise?

So combine all these, and you get Shoe.

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