Shoe Corner

The Mystery of Shoe Corner: "Thousands of shoes have been dumped there over the years, and residents can't figure out how or why."


Posted on Wed Sep 04, 2002


Well mr.Quigley thank you for your concern and i am glad you see it my way.

My Mother, God Bless Her, RIP now.

so the next time you go to you other house and see shoe corner, think of me and my mother.

goodbye Quigley

Posted by Kenward Frederrick Villen  in  St John  on  Fri Jul 18, 2008  at  08:04 AM
We need boots at shoe corner. Winter is coming. Childrens especially
Posted by Kim  in  Dyer  on  Thu Sep 11, 2008  at  02:48 PM
I hope shoe corner lasts forever, it's so and all my friends love it! YEAH!!
Posted by G-UNIT  in  Dyer  on  Wed Oct 01, 2008  at  03:29 PM
Lived in crown Point in the 1950s.New cedar lake.From the time I was 5 There have been shoes on that father pointed it out when i was a boy.I am now 58 and there has always been shoes there even before i know about it.
Posted by Robert Green  in  7500w 141st ceder lake ind  on  Sun Oct 12, 2008  at  10:56 PM
The story I was told was that during the depression there was a person nearby who was a traveling shoe salesman. After a long road trip he was almost home but was killed in a car accident at Calument and 109th. People left shoes in his honor and his wife resold them to support their many children.

I don't know if this is true but it makes a great story.

And, yes, I have tossed a few worn pair there to add to the ambience of the place. I fear that the new Christian Reformed High School nearby may clean them up too often and not use them for the poor.
Posted by Joe Bloe  in  St. John, Indiana  on  Tue Oct 21, 2008  at  02:44 PM
The last story that was posted above makes the most sense out of any of them.
Posted by John  in  Crown Point  on  Sun Nov 23, 2008  at  10:16 PM
OK guys. Which one of you was visiting Miami? smile
Posted by BQuigley  in  Chicago  on  Sat Jan 03, 2009  at  07:25 AM
I used to live in Dolton and me and my dad go camping on the weekends near Indiana Beach and I have always watched out for the shoes. Now that i live right here I hear a lot more about it. And wish i knew what really happened.. Plus now i have family friends that live right down the street from the corner they own a farm and I'm tring to get more out of them about it. lol.
Posted by Ashley  in  Crown Point Indiana  on  Fri Jan 23, 2009  at  12:35 AM
I recently talked to someone that actually lives near the shoe corner and what he said about it was that a lot of the local teenages were throw a pair of shoes there when they loose their virginity or when they do something stupid that they are proud of.
Posted by K-Tux  in  Oak Lawn  on  Tue Jan 27, 2009  at  09:18 AM
i have lived here for about 4 years . i have heard just about every story possible . thact fact that i have come up with is no one knows ...
Posted by glenn pfiel  in  2 houses south of shoe corner  on  Sat Feb 21, 2009  at  05:28 PM
its for the people who cant afford shoes. they pick them up and hand them out at the salvation army. its a charity thing.
Posted by mandi  in  crown point  on  Tue Jul 14, 2009  at  08:38 PM
I am dying to know who started this...but really I think that it's better to enjoy the imaginitive ideas we all have about it. I'm only 20 but they've been there all my life and according to my dad they've been there all his life too. My stepmom threw a pair of my 10 year old brothers shoes out there one time. She said she was scared I told her "it's not like someone is camping out waiting on you" (judging by previous post I may have been wrong haha) I just think If you go by throw an old pair of sneakers or your high heals out the damn window and keep this tradition alive. I want my kids kids kids to wonder about the shoe corner.
Posted by ILLINOIS TO CEDARLAKE  on  Mon Jul 20, 2009  at  10:17 PM
At least now I know I'm not the only one obsessed by the origins of Shoe Corner.

I've been driving out to Bass Lake that way for 10 years and have always seen shoes. We use it as a marker for my 6 year old son to help avoid the "Are we there yet?" questions.
Shoe Corner
Purple House
Big Red Courthouse

Just to name a few.
Posted by Mark Ploch  in  Crestwood, Il  on  Mon Aug 10, 2009  at  10:47 PM
been going by there for over 30 yrs... my folks used to live in lake village , so i would travel the route to go and see them... now I tell my kids about it all the time . and no one really knows how it started. yet as all the post state, there always have been and always will be shoes there...
Posted by L420  in  illinois  on  Sat Aug 22, 2009  at  12:40 PM
i work with someone who lives in st. john who travels the corner everyday, he says that local kids will through shoes there when they have done something special, like loose their virginity.
Posted by Kenny  in  Oak Lawn  on  Sun Aug 30, 2009  at  08:40 PM
I live right by shoe corner and its a great landmark. I have heard alot of stories, I think no one really knows what happen and people started to guess. I think its weird that no one has seen people dumping shoes.
Posted by Brie  in  2 seconds from shoe corner  on  Tue Sep 01, 2009  at  08:55 PM
Power to the corner of shoes Ill take my fine to throw sneakers out there
Posted by Matt C  in  Cedar Lake  on  Sat Sep 05, 2009  at  11:04 PM
Pretty funny story? I'd not heard of it before but sounds very mysterious indeed!
Posted by Simone Winchester  in  UK  on  Mon Nov 02, 2009  at  07:30 AM
me and my aunt used to drive by shoe corner when we would go to the flea market. when she first showed me shoe corner i thought it was the funniest thing ever! there are so many different stories on how it started but i dont know which one to believe. i know where im dumping my old shoes for now on!!!! grin
Posted by Megan Waliszewski  in  Chicago Heights, Ill  on  Mon Dec 07, 2009  at  06:06 PM
I just moved to this location because my church is putting up a building near shoe corner. We have been wondering if there would be any way to help people who might need shoes to get some decent ones. Any suggestions?
Posted by Ken Puent  in  1/2 mile east of shoe corner  on  Mon Dec 07, 2009  at  08:31 PM
I work a few miles west of shoe corner, and have known a couple people nearby. I have not seen it myself yet, but plan to not only see it, but contribute to the cause!

From what I understand, there is no big mystery, and the entire "mystique" behind it has been profoundly overstated.

In reality, it's just a fun tradition to toss old shoes at this corner.

Period. That's it.

No murders, no weird back story, just... the fun of it. Leave it that way. Don't overthink it, just enjoy it.
Posted by Eric Bailey  in  Frankfort, IL  on  Mon Jan 04, 2010  at  12:41 PM
The story that was told to us is that the corner was part of the underground railroad.....and the shoes were left for the slaves fleeing the south.
Posted by Originally from Illinois  in  Cedar Lake, IN  on  Tue Mar 09, 2010  at  11:26 AM
Posted by ZORO  in  CHICAGO  on  Wed Apr 21, 2010  at  04:07 PM
This is the real story how shoe corner got started. God leaves me a new pair of shoes every week for being a good sole and straight lace person in Shoe Heaven, Unknown Galaxy. For the last 61 and a half years my shoes have been mysteriously disappearing from my house in shoe heaven, Unknown Galaxy. For the first 47 years I thought my neighbor Eugene had been stealing them, but then he was killed in an unfortunate accident in Seoul, Korea. While he was inspecting a Nike shoe factory his feet were run over by a forklift. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors amputated his feet, trying to save his life to no avail. At Eugene's funeral I met an odd women who introduced herself as Mrs. Villen. While we were talking she told me the whereabouts of Eugene's shoes. When I visited 109th and Calumet I not only found Eugene's shoes but also a few pairs of mine that had been recently stolen. I have never been able to locate Mrs. Villen, I firmly believe she is a shoe angel.
The Shoe Believer.
May you enjoy your visit to shoe corner, where the rubber meets the road.
Posted by rbaalkmw  in  Shoe Heaven, Unknown Galaxy, not know to mortals.  on  Tue Dec 07, 2010  at  10:08 PM
the shoe corner actualy came from john dillenger back when he was the top gangster, he shot 3 men at that corner and when the cops came upon the scene there were only the victims shoes. ever since people have been throwing shoes there just as a tradition
Posted by bob baked  in  crown point  on  Sun May 08, 2011  at  12:18 PM
The REAL truth is....the shoes on shoe corner are the ones we clean up when we make the crop circles. We don't like to leave a mess when we make the circles so we load the shoes into our invisible-to-the-human-eye hover vehicle and take them to shoe corner and dump them. We were originally going to use them to stock the shoe store we were going to build there but the St. John building and planning had difficulty trying to see our plans and would not approve them. So we put up an invisible building and all of our invisible fellow beings can get their shoes there. Although we don't wear clothing, we DO need shoes and it's very difficult to shop in your conventional stores for them. Please don't judge us until you've walked a mile in our shoes......
Posted by ccrider  in  shoecorner  on  Tue Jan 15, 2013  at  02:40 AM
People! Its a ghost. There is proof. People don't throw shoes out of their cars. That is stupid
Posted by Allison  in  Ceder Lake IN  on  Tue Sep 24, 2013  at  07:07 PM
Twice we saw 2 guys riding motorcycles throwing shoes on shoe corner. Both of these men has artificial legs.
Posted by joseph johns  in  Beecher IL  on  Sat Oct 12, 2013  at  11:48 PM
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