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Live - Camino Francés Boot Shrines?

Camino(s) past & future
St.Jean-Santiago (2017)
#1
Can someone shed light on the mystery shoe(s) left as shrines on top of waymarks?
Here are just two examples of anti have passed along the way.



This last one, on the way to Villar de Mazarife, is a fairly new pair of Salomon trainers. (Alas, not my size)

They always seem to have the laces removed.

Is this just a Camino meme? Or is there something deeper being communicated?

TIA,

-jgp
 

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onwayhome

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances Ponferrada-Santiago,(c1986)
Frances SJPP-Santiago (2011)
Portuguese Porto- Finisterre (2016)
St Michaels Way (2016)
#3
The battered and threadbare boot has been artfully juxtaposed with the concrete mileage marker, a mute commentary on the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit when confronted with the seemingly implacable demands of the Way.
Well maybe the first few. Now they seem to be everywhere and are probably seen as more pilgrim junk to be cleared up.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
#4
The battered and threadbare boot has been artfully juxtaposed with the concrete mileage marker, a mute commentary on the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit when confronted with the seemingly implacable demands of the Way.
You must have taken a course on writing for artists. :D

These weren't litter. They were a garden ornament in Agés.
garden-boots.jpg
 

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mvanert

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Camino(s) past & future
Pamplona - Santiago 2014, St. Jean to Estella June 2016, Estella to Santiago April 17, 2018
#6
The first time I saw boots on a marker I thought it was "so camino", the second time, 'cute' by the time I'd seen the sixth or seventh pair - not so cute!
 


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