What's the big deal about shoe trees?

There are many of them spread out all over our state. Some of them have mystery and urban legends attached to 'em but mostly they're done for fun.

Sometimes the shoes are thrown in the trees by athletes, graduating seniors, and people who just wanna add their old worn-out shoes to the collection, rather than throw them out. Whatever the reason, shoe trees continue to hold our fascination.

When I drove by this tree recently, someone had put up a sign that said "Boot Tree" even though the majority of footwear were shoes.

This shoe/boot tree is located on the north side of M-32, about 2 1/2 miles west of Atlanta, in Montmorency County.

Take a look at the photos below of the Atlanta shoe tree, and next time you're driving down M-32 toward Alpena, keep a sharp eye out for it.

Also, read about these other Michigan shoe trees by clicking the links:
Bath Shoe Tree
Ionia County Shoe Tree
Salem (the serial killer's) Shoe Tree
Oscoda County Shoe Tree (& possible bigfoot sighting)