There are six of them. Where do mateless shoes come from, and how are they made? I kinda get it that there are mateless socks because the dryer eats them, but I don't put the shoes in the washer and dryer, so I don't get it.

I don't understand. I am here, and the six shoes are here, so why aren't the other six shoes here too?

Maybe there are shoe gnomes, like the underwear gnomes from Southpark? I'm just thinking that stealing the one shoe isn't a good business plan. Not that the underwear gnomes had a good business plan (step 2, something happens), but at least with underwear you can use one at a time, while shoes and socks you generally need two at a time.

I had the idea to put the shoes in a box, and they could wait there until I found the shoes they went with. And that mostly worked, as I have found other shoes while cleaning and such, but there are still these six with missing mates.

I'm thinking these mostly are not my favorite shoes anyway, so it won't hurt too much to toss them.

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Hey, some friends are supposed to have a garage sale next month. So I've got a deadline now for finding the shoes. Shoes I don't want that are in pairs can go to the sale, and the single ones can go in the trash. (Except maybe this one that I really like and am still hoping to find, cause it hasn't been lost as long as some of the others.)

My back hurts, maybe from moving books. I'm taking a break from the book reorganization project. I'll do something else today, if I stay here. It's Earth Day, so I might mostly skip the whole doing work thing and go to the park and look at irises or something.

Okay, recap, does this shoe problem happen to other people? Any theories on what happens to missing shoes?