Showing up shoeless

Author – Cam

Yesterday, my friend came over to visit. When he knocked, I just told him to come in while I played video games on the couch. I heard him come in and take his shoes off, and he came over to join me. I secretly love when he takes his shoes off, because he always wears fun socks, but this time he wore simple grey ankle socks. I didn’t think much of it and didn’t ask why, but I did notice it was unusual for him.

Later that day, I asked if he wanted to grab a bite to eat. He said he didn’t want to go anywhere, but takeout sounded good. I assumed it was because of the pandemic and it probably being less safe to eat out, so I agreed and started to put my shoes on. He said he didn’t want to wear shoes. I kind of laughed and asked why and said he’d just go in his socks. I said okay and we left.  I only spotted one of his shoes by the door, but I assumed the other was just carelessly tossed nearby.

We came back and ate, and eventually he had to leave to go back home. I said I would bring him his things and he said very suddenly, “No, you don’t have to.” I chuckled and said it was no big deal and he got nervous and fidgety. I thought there must be something he didn’t want me to see in his bag, so I said, “Don’t worry, I just meant I’ll just bring you your shoes.”

I went to the door and grabbed his left grey DC sneaker and looked around for the other for a while. I couldn’t find it anywhere, but still I wasn’t super worried. I thought he must know where he’d set it down, or maybe it was in or under his bag. I jokingly brought him the one shoe I’d found and tossed it at him saying, “looks like you’ll have to go home in one.” He blushed beet red but didn’t say anything, silently sliding on his one shoe and picking up his bag, sighing and looking down.

“You’re joking,” I said, not believing him at first.
He just shook his head. “The other one isn’t here.”
“Where is it?” I asked.
“I don’t have it,” he admitted, embarrassed.
“I wear them too loose, I guess. I was running to catch my bus yesterday, but I slipped in the wet grass and it flew off and I didn’t have time to look, and I couldn’t find it today before I came here…” he shrugged. “I was hoping you wouldn’t notice,” he sighed.
“I wondered why the grey socks,” I teased, trying to lighten the mood and make him feel better.
He nodded. “They kinda match, at least a little.”
“Less obvious that you’re missing a shoe, definitely,” I told him.

We had a good laugh about it, and I teased him because it’s his only pair. We’re both usually limited to one pair for the last couple of years because university is so expensive, but I was sure his family would help him get a new pair the moment he was brave enough to tell them what happened. I didn’t worry about him too much when he left, I just gave him a hug and went back to the couch to play more games as I heard his one shoe and one sock walk out the door and down the hall.

This morning my attitude changed a lot. I got ready to go to work as I got to the door to put my shoes on, I saw only one of my grey Nike SB’s on the floor. I frantically searched everywhere but couldn’t find it and ended up going to work and working the entire day wearing only one shoe! I texted my friend and it turns out as he walked out my door I had left my own shoes there, and he snatched my right shoe! He didn’t put it on right away, to make sure I could hear is one-shod steps, but he figured they were close enough in size, color, and design to mismatch with his own surviving DC shoe. But now I’M the one stuck wearing one shoe for I don’t know how long!

I’ll let you know what ends up happening…

The stranger

Author – Nike Mike

At the end of the deserted pier I kicked of my white Nike AirMax trainers, the cold concrete soothed my aching feet after my long walk. I climbed the steps of the wall  to view the sunset leaving my trainers down below.
I was interrupted ‘These yours’ a voice shouted. A cyclist was holding my discarded trainers aloft. Embarrassed that a stranger had my shoes I hurried back down the steps.
‘Nice trainers, my size too’ he said before looking at my white socked feet. He gave them back, he looked disappointed as I quickly put them on, I was relieved but wierdly disappointed too.
Asking if I enjoyed being shoeless in public, my blushing face answered his question.
‘Am I who you want?’ he asked. I was puzzled.
‘The person to steal your deliberately unattended shoes’ he said smiling. Too embarrassed to look at him I looked at his feet, he was also wearing Nikes, black/grey AirMax with grey socks.
He was very confident, telling me he would leave, if my shoes where again abandoned upon his return he would take them and I would have to walk the half mile length of the concrete pier in my socked feet to retrieve them. It excited me.
‘How can I trust you?’ I asked him. 
‘You can’t’ he said ‘That’s what makes it thrilling’.
I told him he could of easily taken them now without me knowing, ‘That wouldn’t of been fun’ he said.
‘The sun must disappear below the horizon before I turn around and look for my shoes’ he said or I  won’t get them back tonight. He’d be watching!
To retrieve them I would have to return tomorrow at sunset, shoeless! If I cheated and wore shoes hiding them nearby he would steal them too, as he’d be watching!
He suggested that as an incentive if he doesn’t just steal my shoes then I might get to take his AirMax Nikes some other time.
‘My decision’ he said, if my shoes where not there to take when he cycles back he’d leave and never return. I watched him ride away on his bike.
I liked his confidence and wanted to meet up again but to do so he had to take my shoes.
What would you do?

Shoe theif at Walmart

Author – Adam

I was at Walmart looking for a pair of shoes for whenever School opens up and as I went to try on shoes some weirdo came over and he grabbed my shoes and I asked him to put them down, and then he started running with my shoes.

I gave chase to the shoe thief but I was running in Walmart in my socks and the floor was slippery and there were so many dumbass people in the way and I ended up slipping and falling on my face nearly crushing my glasses as I could hear some shoppers laughing at me.

My Mom caught up to me and went to go find an employee as my knee was bruised up from the fall as a Walmart Employee approached as we explained what happened. My socks were dirty from running and my knee was sore since I wore shorts today and I kind of thought I looked hot with my nice legs and socked feet in walmart.

Walmart decided to sell me a new pair of shoes which was good and all but i’m so pissed and so are my parents, and I hope that creepy man who stole my shoes in Walmart gets caught.


Author – Ivan

I am a Polish lad living in the UK for the last 5 years and loving it. I tend to avoid trouble and usually it avoids me though I am a big lad rugby build with a no 1 crop. Saturday was to be a special day as I was going to buy a pair of Nike HyperAdapt trainers. I had been saving from my part time job and Birthday and Christmas money and I had enough. I had rung the shop and they had put a pair of size 11 aside for me to try on. I rushed to the shop on the bus to be there just after they opened and the assistant went and got the trainers as soon as I came in. I took off my old skate shoes for the last time and sat patiently in my brand new red socks, I had chosen to wear them as the new shoes had red trim so I thought they would look good together, I tried them on and walked up and down the shop, they were very comfortable, though not correctly laced and I decided I would have them. The assistant went and got the box for me and asked if I wanted to keep my old shoes, they have had it, I laughed, can you bin them for me please. She did so and handed me the box in a store plastic bag. I handed over the £590, It was a lot of cash but they were what I wanted. I headed for the bus stop to begin my one hour journey home. I sat upstairs, which was almost empty and was enjoying the journey. After about 10 minutes a group of very noisy lads got on the bus shouting and swearing but they sat at the back of the bus well out of my way. After  a short time one of them came and sat next to me and two more sat directly behind me, it was not yet 11 o clock and I could smell the beer on their breath. The lad next to me took the box and bag off my lap and announced hey Zac hees the same size as you, 11. Zac who was one of the lads behind me handed me a pair of knackered trainers, lets swap lad, No man I said NO ive only just bought these and I don’t want your skanky trainers. OK he said we wont swap – just hand them over, He held me tightly round the neck and one of the other lads started undoing my trainers pulling them off and handing them to Zac along with my socks leaving me barefoot  NO I yelled you can’t have them – Zac explained loudly they could have what they want and do what they want. My trainers disappeared and the next time I saw them they were on Zac’s feet along with my socks as he put his feet on the seat back showing them off so I could see them. In what seemed like a flash they had grabbed the box and bag and pilled down the stars and off the bus, I ran after them and just got off before the doors closed, I had no idea where I was and I was in my bare feet trying to chase these lads who had run off up a lane. I have played Rugby for several years and am both fast and fit but in truth they had such an advantage over me in knowing where they were going that I had no chance. I knew which way the bus was headed so that’s the way I set off walking, I soon realised where I was and knew it was a two hour walk to get home. I waited 10 minutes or so at each bus stop in case a bus would come staring sadly at my bare feet, but I had no luck. Two lads were walking towards me on the other side of the road and they asked why I was walking up the road bare footed, I explained what had happened and they were sad for me but there was nothing they could do as they did not have spare trainers, one lad said no but we have got our socks let him have them it will be better to have 2 pairs on than only none. They took their shoes off stood there barefoot  and handed over their socks one pair black and the other pair grey and while they were not trainers it was much better to walk in their socks. I thanked them gratefully and continued towards home my faith in British people somewhat restored. One thing for certain I do not want to walk home in my bare feet again its not fun.

Found and stolen

Author – Irsocks

Kaz was all set for his first weekend in the new house without parents. He had chips, wings, soda, pizza, video games, and movies. There was a knock on the door. Kaz opened the door to find Oliver standing there with his hands full of games and snacks wearing a blue tank top, blue and white cargo shorts, white crew socks, and blue and white DC Court Graffiks. Kaz couldn’t help but stare because he had on the same clothes just in a different color. Oliver slid in beside Kaz and kicked off his sneakers letting them fall next to Kaz’s DC Commands revealing the blue stripe and orange heel and toes of his socks. Kaz closed and locked the door and then followed Oliver into the living room. Oliver dumped his load on the floor in front of the couch and plopped down next to it. It did not take them long to make the living room look like a tornado had came through and stayed a while. They both had fallen asleep, Kaz on the sofa and Oliver on the floor. Kaz was awakened by a noise. He raised his head up just in time to  see a sock foot disappear around the corner. He thought he heard someone say, “Where are my shoes?” He went back to sleep thinking it was Oliver.
The next morning Kaz woke up to find Oliver gone. He called out his name, but there was no answer. He walked to the front door and noticed that Oliver’s sneakers were gone. One of his sneakers was gone too. He thought Oliver was playing a joke, so he just went upstairs and showered. When he came back down, he noticed a note on the table that read, ‘Gone to work be back later.’ He went up to his room and grabbed his DC Pure sneakers and left the house. When he returned, Oliver was waiting at the front door wearing the same thing from yesterday. Kaz asked him where was his sneaker. Oliver said that he did not take it. He noticed that it was gone this morning. Kaz let Oliver in, and they started there weekend all over again until they heard a noise coming from the hallway.
There was that sound again, “Where are my shoes?” They both looked around the corner and saw a teenager standing near the basement door in his socks pointing to what appeared to be Kaz’s missing  sneaker. “Where are my shoes”, the guy said again. Oliver watched as Kaz walked toward the guy, picked up his sneaker, and slowly walk back to him. The guy pointed to Kaz’s sneaker and said again, “where are my shoes?” Kaz looked down and saw a key in his sneaker. It must have been the key to the basement that no one could find. He walked over to the basement door, pulled out the key, and unlocked the door. The guy smiled as Kaz opened the door and walked in. Oliver walked to the door but did not follow Kaz inside. Kaz turned on the light and noticed a pair of sneakers at the bottom of the stairs. He went down and grabbed them and walked back up the steps. They were DC Character sneakers. Oliver smiled and so did the guy.
Kaz placed the sneakers in front of the guy and waited to see what would happen. The guy slipped his feet into the DC sneakers and looked up at Kaz and Oliver with a huge grin on his face. Oliver broke the silence with, “I told you he was the one that could find your sneakers.” Kaz was confused. Oliver explained that they could not leave the house because Mark, his brother, could not find his sneakers. He told Kaz about the robbers finding Mark and him at home alone. They had taken Mark’s shoes and threw them down the stairs into the basement and hid the key in his sneakers by the door. They knocked them out and set the house on fire to cover the robbery. He woke up just in time to try and get out but only made it to the edge of the grass outside the door. Now that Mark had his sneakers, they could both leave the house together.
Oliver grabbed Mark’s hand, and they both walked towards the door. The door opened and they both waved at Kaz and said, “Thank you.” Kaz noticed that Mark had a pair of DC Commands in his hands while Oliver had a pair of DC Pure in his. They smiled again, turned and walked out the door. Mark disappeared as he walked out the door. Oliver disappeared when he stepped off the concrete into the grass. Kaz could not believe what he just saw. He looked down at his sock feet realizing that both his DC Command and his DC Pure sneakers had been taken. He still could not believe what just happened. He started thinking about it. He never did see Oliver come up the driveway; he was just at the front door. He never saw him eating or touching anything. He looked on the floor and noticed that the things he thought Oliver had brought were not there anymore. He looked at the note on the table, but there was no writing on it. He never really saw Oliver come back because he was already on the doorstep when he returned. He never really saw Oliver in the daytime either. He may have helped Mark find his sneakers, but his sneakers were now lost.

Poor James PT.2

Author – Katie

If you haven’t read poor James pt 1 read it so you know why I am doing this. So I decided to go with the comment to leave my shoe in a isle in a store. I drove to a local Walmart and walked in. I was wearing my white slip on vans. I walked in a isle filled with bread. I then used my left foot and stepped on the heel of my right shoe and slipped off my right van. Now my white no shoe sock was visible to everyone I then left the store and came back a few hours later still in one shoe. When I walked in the isle my shoe was gone just like James boot. When I told James about it he said you didn’t have to do that for me. Now we both are stuck in one shoe and a sock.

Poor James

Author – Katie

I have a boyfriend named James. He lives on a farm and dresses like a cowboy just like me. He will do anything to make me happy. The other day me and James went to the movies. We walked in got our tickets, got some popcorn and walked in the theater. We had to get the seats at the very top because we were pretty late getting there. Shortly after we sat down the movie started. About halfway through the movie I was pretty bored. I then whispered in James’s ear wanna play a game. James whispered back what game. I then whispered to him again take off one of your cowboy boots and drop it in the middle of the hallway and let’s see what happens. James whispered back again sure, whatever makes you happy. I hugged him and then got up and bent down on one knee and grabbed his right foot. I then pulled off his brown cowboy boot showing off his white sock. Almost immediately after I took off his boot the feet smell from inside his boot was coming into the air. I couldn’t wait for the whole theater to be smelling like James’s cowboy boot. I then got up and walked down to the hallway and dropped it right in the middle. I then turned around and walked back up to our seats. When I sat back down James whispered did you do it. I whispered back yea now we just gotta wait. We then both turned to watch the movie again. I mainly didn’t watch the movie and just stared at James’s white socked foot. As the movie got closer to ending James’s boot started to fill the Theater with the smell of feet. The after another half hour the movie was finally over. Everyone got up to leave. Me and James stayed in our seat waiting to see what what was going to happen to James’s cowboy boot. When everyone walked down the hallway I heard people saying look there’s a boot and stuff like that. Even a little kid said look and boot really loud. After everyone had left I said to James you ready? He replied when you are. We got up and walked down the stairs. To my surprise James was walking on his socked foot. When we got to the end of the hallway to my surprise there was no boot. I then told James someone probably put it in the lost and found. James agreed and we went to the lost and found. But to my surprise again there was no boot there either. We then asked the manager if he had seen a brown cowboy boot. He said no. I then told James I’m so sorry I lost you your cowboy boot. He said it’s fine as long as you are happy I am happy. We then left the theater and James was walking out with a brown cowboy boot and a white sock. I feel bad that I lost James boot because his cowboy boots are his only shoes and he can’t get new until November. He told me it’s fine having one shoe isn’t that bad but I can tell that he misses his boot. Comment any suggestions on how I should make it up to James.

Dash’s shoe

Author – Henry

This happened when I was in my freshman year of high school. When I arrived to school I got off the bus and went to wait for the bell to ring for school to start like normal. When I walked in the auditorium about half the kids were where. I took a seat and watched to see what everyone was doing. After looking around the auditorium I spotted two most popular kids in are grade. Their names are Ashton and Dash. They are best friends. Almost every girl likes them which always makes be jealous. Ashton was wearing a white sweatshirt with grey joggers and white Air Force ones while Dash was wearing a red sweatshirt with black joggers and red, white, and black air Jordan’s ones I think. Today Ashtyn was setting in the row in front of Dash. There was about 3 minutes till the bell rang. Dash started kicking Ashtons chair with his feet to be funny. The first reaction from Ashton was he slapped Dash’s knee. Dash didn’t listen and kept kicking the back of his chair. After a few more kicks Ashton reached back and grabbed Dash’s ankle. Dash started laughing and said let go of me. Ashton however didn’t and started to try and pull off dashed shoe. Dash started to kick and try and get his foot back but it was no use. After about 10 seconds Ashton have one more tug and pulled off Dash’s shoe. The bell then rang and Ashton ran out off the auditorium with Dash’s shoe. By this time everyone saw what had happens and started laughing. Dash got up from his seat with one shoe and a white sock and started to walk out off the auditorium. Then I lost track of Dash until 4th period. By that time everyone knew Ashton stole Dash’s shoe. When Dash walked in he had his left high top on with a white sock on his white foot. The teacher asked him where his shoe was and he just replied I lost it. The whole class laughed and Dash then sat down at his desk. Dash then crossed his socked foot on top of his foot with a high top. I didn’t take me long to see that his white sock had gotten pretty dirty on the bottom. I guess he just walked like normal and didn’t hop on one foot. As class went on less and less people didn’t pay attention to the teacher and just started and Dash’s feet. Mainly focusing on his foot with just a white sock.  One girl asked what Ashton did with do with your shoe. Dash replied I’m pretty sure it’s locked in his locker. The girl laughed and then started to work on her assignment but occasionally glancing under the desk at his socked foot. A few minutes later class was over. Everyone got their things quickly to watch Dash. After Dash got his things we walked out with one shoe and one sock. He walked up to his friends including Ashton and did a handshake with them and they walked to their next classes. I was surprised Dash was not mad at Ashton for taking his shoe. I guess it was because they were good friends. I lost track of Dash again until the end of the day. When I got my things I wanted to go to Dash’s locker and see if he got his shoe back or not. To my surprise he didn’t. He was still in a white sock. After he got done packing up he went over to Ashton’s locker and slapped Ashton in the back asking for his shoe back. Ashton laughed and said fine I guess and tossed Dash his shoe. Dash then put on his shoe and said they both walked out of the school with some other friends.


Author – Irsocks

I decided to catch the bus to run my errands. On my way I passed the school just in time to see a guy get his right black DC Plaza skateshoe taken off his white sock foot. The thief put it under the bush next to the fence. Lucky for him it was on the other side of the fence out of reach. As I waited in front of the temple to cross the street, this guy slipped off his penny loafers and walked into the temple in his white and black polka dot socks. He didn’t realize that the person behind him slipped off their old run down loafers and slipped their blue argyle sock feet into his loafers leaving their old ones behind. What a day so far. The car wash was a little different. I walked up just in time to see a guy put a left black and white Nike shoe with black, purple, and blue laces near the back. Because it was a nice shoe, I picked it up after he walked away. This day was getting better. As I approached the bus stop, I noticed something drop out of the window of the bus pulling away. I looked down to see a right black and white Nike shoe. I scooped it up placing it in my bag. As I was looking out the window on the bus, I noticed a left Gray Nike SB sneaker on the sidewalk near the theater we were passing. It’s owner was going in the opposite direction in his left gray and red sock foot. I had to do some research at the library. As I got off the bus to go into the library, a guy came out missing his right New Balance black and red shoe revealing his red and black ankle sock. I decided to go to the very back of the library to do my research. There in the last cubicle at the very back was the missing New Balance sneaker. One more prize for me. As I put my prize in the bag I saw the Nikes that I had claimed earlier. I decided to put them on. They were a half size too big and the laces didn’t match, but I didn’t care. After I put my Adidas in my bag I left the library. I decided to take the subway next. It was crowded as usual. The subway jerked a few times in between stops and I was startled by something hitting my feet. I put my feet up on the seat and looked down to see a pair of feetless Reebok classics staring back at me. I guess they wanted to go home with me, so I put them in my bag. I got off the subway and noticed the owner of the Reeboks standing in his Nike elite black and white socks. He was not happy at losing his sneaks. I felt bad, so I tried to return them, but by the time I got to where I saw him, he was gone. I tried didn’t I? I stopped by the mall. It was hard trying to keep the Nikes on my feet. I changed back into my Adidas. As I zipped my bag up I noticed a left black and blue Nike high-top all alone under the bench next to the trash can. A few guys ran by laughing. Then a guy missing his left sneaker wearing  black and blue Nike elite socks ran after them. It was too late to catch them so I placed that one in the bag. I had no idea that I would be shoe shopping that day.

It was time to head back home. I passed the amusement park. It was noisy and crowded. As I passed on the sidewalk a light-brown suede wallabee boot almost hit me in the head. I seemed to be a shoe magnet today. I picked it up knowing it had to have come from the amusement park. Then it’s companion came flying towards me too. They obviously wanted to go home with me, so into the bag they went. I decided to cut through the woods as a short cut home. I heard a crow overhead and looked up just in time to see a DC Court Graffik drop from the sky. I put it in my bag and continued on my way. I didn’t really notice this one guy shoeless in his socks or the guys who had taken his other shake shoe. Before I got out of the woods I almost tripped over a left gray Vans sneaker with black laces. Another prize. Near the well I noticed a guy had pulled up a bucket discarding stuff. A right high-top black and white DC sneaker flew my way. Another prize. It was dark now. I had to get home. I noticed a guy in his yard looking around like he had lost something. His friends were not helping him at all. He finally gave up and they left. I found what he was looking for which was a left red Janoski near the sidewalk under a bush in the yard. I could have left it, but honestly would you have? I never thought my errands would include free shoes.

Lunch shoe

Author – Irsocks

Another time I witnessed a shoe being taken was in high school. The victim was a big sophomore at lunch near the end of the building. This guy could have been a linebacker on the football team. Well I didn’t see it start, but when I finally noticed what was happening about five or six guys had him on the ground while another guy was trying to take his sneaker. It was hard because he was struggling. It took all four to hold him down, two to hold his legs, and one to try and get that sneaker. It wasn’t easy because he had on Nike black, red, and white high-top basketball shoes. One thing that was weird was that no teacher tried to stop it and nobody went to report it. Well before the bell rang they got his sneaker off. All of them even the victim was sweating and out of breath. What surprised me was that they didn’t keep his sneaker. The guy that had taken it just dropped it next to it’s owner and they all cheered and walked away. Part of me was glad it was him and not me, and the other part wished it was me although I probably would not have struggled as much as he struggled.