Armstrong Park - The Shoe Tree

The Newcastle shoe tree has been around for a few years now and I guess it must have been the amount of shoes on the original tree that made the local council cut down a few of the most decorated branches leaving it a shadow of it's former self. In the last couple of years people have been adding shoes to the other trees along that particular pathway making it more of a shoe tree alley these days.

A nearby sign about the shoe tree says The shoe tree is an old Sycamore, which reaches nearly 40 metres high. There are lots of different stories about how the shoe tree came about, but it is thought some time ago this fine, but ordinary tree became the shoe tree when young people celebrated the completion of their exams by throwing their shoes high into the branches. This has continued and there are now shoes of all different types, showing the fashion trends of the last 20 years. The shoe tree was made famous by the novel "The Taxi Driver's Daughter" by Julia Darling.

25th November 2021

2nd November 2020

A close up picture of some of the shoes in The Armstrong Park Shoe Tree

30th November 2010

A snowy Armstrong Park Shoe Tree

18th December 2008

A short lived information board at the Armstrong park Shoe Tree

26th February 2008

10th January 2008

9th January 2008

6th march 2007

5th may 2006

28th December 2005

11th November 2005

Armstrong Park Shoe Tree article on BBC Look North.

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