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   Undertoad  Saturday Jul 22 12:51 PM

7/22/2006: Shaoguan shoes

The Chinese town of Shaoguan has had a really bad flooding problem. Hundreds of people died. That's the sad part. The interesting IotDish part is this:

Thousands upon thousands of shoes and slippers were put in the sun to dry.

Trilby  Saturday Jul 22 01:49 PM

i hate wearing wet shoes and socks.

Clodfobble  Saturday Jul 22 02:25 PM

That's a lot of very colorful shoes, especially red. If this happened in the U.S. they'd be 99% white, brown, and black.

Oafed  Saturday Jul 22 04:26 PM

Drying out dead peoples shoes... GREAT

Stormieweather  Saturday Jul 22 04:26 PM

The thing I wanna know is, what is going to happen to all those shoes once they're dried out?

Does every shoeless person have to tiptoe through the thousands and thousands of mostly identical shoes trying to identify theirs? Could they just pick a pair that fits and walk away? Is there going to be a huge yard sale for used, sun-dried shoes and slippers? Has this happened before and now everyone knows to have their name clearly written on the sole of their slippers?

I'm just curious.


glatt  Saturday Jul 22 05:22 PM

I bet there is a shoe factory there, and these are new shoes.

xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jul 22 06:36 PM

I had the same thought.

wolf  Saturday Jul 22 06:50 PM

I'd be careful about buying Chinese shoes next spring, then ... not as big a deal as checking dealership of origin on car purchases six months after a flood here in the U.S., but wearability will be affected by the soaking.

Ibby  Saturday Jul 22 07:32 PM

my shoes are still cooler.

Except mine have rainbow shoelaces.

ajaccio  Sunday Jul 23 11:18 AM

Wasn't there another story in the news sometime this year about a ship that lost it's cargo, a shipment of new shoes, and they mostly landed on the coast of France? Maybe it's something like that. But notice how NEATLY they are all arranged! Now that took some time!

wolf  Sunday Jul 23 01:06 PM

The Chinese, I think, are known for their patience (willingness to keep at a project for 1800+ years qualifies) and also for their immense population. They have the time and the manpower to do pretty much anything.

xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jul 23 08:31 PM

Originally Posted by Ibram
my shoes are still cooler.

Except mine have rainbow shoelaces.
Chuck Taylor must be up to about 200 rpm, in his grave.

Ibby  Sunday Jul 23 09:07 PM

Good for him... I hate chucks, honestly, but I couldnt find any other cool, colourful shoes.

bluecuracao  Monday Jul 24 01:37 AM

Originally Posted by Ibram
my shoes are still cooler.

Except mine have rainbow shoelaces.
Oh shit, the '80s ARE back.

Do you have Plaid Vans, too? This is so *awesome.*

bluecuracao  Monday Jul 24 02:10 AM

Never mind, I missed the part about not being able to find other colorful shoes. Just got a little too excited, there.

Nothing But Net  Monday Jul 24 04:17 AM

These are the times that dry men's soles.

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