Shoe Gazing Rotterdam

Image by R.Sastrowidjojo

Shoe Gazing – Hanging on a thread

When walking or cycling by the West Blaak in Rotterdam centre and close to the Cinerama cinema (check the Cinema Cinerama article), you might notice this tree and stuff hanging from it. On closer inspection you will see that there are loads of shoes hanging in the branches of this tree.

I have no idea when exactly people, the (local) skaters and skateboarders, started throwing their worn and old pairs of shoes in this tree after getting a new set at the Skate Store which is across the cycle lane from the tree.

The shoes do get removed from time to time as branches either break due to the weight or when it’s stormy weather and the cycle of throwing shoes in the tree starts all over again…

So be careful if you want to have a closer look and try not to get hit by some shoes falling on your head ;-).

Offline Rotterdam tips? Get our iPhone / Android app!

Details about this spot



Westblaak 28, Rotterdam

Opening Times

24 hours daily


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)