As technology progresses, so too, must the criminal element.  In a previous article — Shoes on a Wire — we learned that in the urban core, shoes hanging on a wire can indicate the house below sells drugs.  As cities “urbanize” neighborhoods, and the “wire utilities” are taken underground instead of up in the air, the “Shoes on a Wire” semiotic is rendered memeingless.  The new semiotic for selling drugs, according the Vice Cops on Spike TVHD, is “a single shoe” tossed on a roof as exampled in the generic image below.


What is your take on the “Single Shoe on a Roof Theory” and possible drug dealing below the shingles?

Are these single shoes merely misplaced?  Or is there something more unseemly going on here? 

Do shoes always travel in pairs?  Is eyeing a single shoe more obvious and indicatory than a normally sighted pair?

We had a lot of comments on the original “Shoes on a Wire” article.  Some readers didn’t believe shoes on a wire always meant drug dealing was going on beneath the laces.

Have you witnessed a single shoe on a roof?  If so, do you know if that new semiotic is illegally memeingful or not?

8 Comments

  1. As a denizen of this tremendous city, it is difficult to see roofs but I will keep my eyes out for roof shoes. I sometimes see a pair of shoes just sitting on a park bench and wonder what happened to the person who was wearing them.

  2. I have seen one shoe on a rooftop, David. I always thought it was the work of kids in the house messing around. Maybe that’s why it’s such an effective sign? So obvious that it can’t be criminal?