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The Scrap Box collects donations of materials which can be creatively reused in art, craft, and learning projects. People have donated some mysterious things over the years. Just the other day, someone brought in a box full of baby shoes.

In this case one can imagine the story behind them: they were probably intended as party favors at a baby shower.

Ah, but take a look at the mysterious donation below. What is the story?

Last year, a fellow stopped by with several boxes of these new-never-worn athletic shoes. Take note that there are no pairs: all the shoes were made for the left foot. What could that story be?

Well, the man’s brother was a shoe salesman, and these were samples he showed to potential clients.
These were great for little people learning how tie their laces!