I pass this tree, which we have dubbed the "shoe tree" on our way up north to the family cottage. It is in the middle of nowhere, outside a really small rural town.
What is the significance of throwing shoes into a tree?
**Ok, I googled "shoe tree" and found this.
Apparently, "Shoe Trees may be the greatest embodiment of the American Spirit you can find on the highway (free of admission charge, anyway)."