Ever wondered where all the shoes go?
There’s breaker’s yards in every town full of busted cars and acres of ocean full of our used plastic. But if you think of it, with all the billions of feet having several pairs of shoes at a time, who knows where the final resting place of shoes is?
Jane Ryan Romuáldez kept every shoe she ever owned, beginning when her mother boxed up her first pair of booties, and so it went on, throughout life and into old age. When Romuáldez reached ninety-seven and in frail health, she entered in her will that on her final journey, her shoes would go with her. She put money away for a second coffin but when the day came, her cortège required thirteen trucks to follow the hearse. The furnaces burned for thirty-six hours; all cremations had to be cancelled.
When the dust settled, the council passed a decree; two pairs of shoes per citizen at any time, on pain of a conviction. Sanity was eventually restored.
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, Challenge #184.
Imelda Marcos, née Romuáldez, came to the world’s attention for her extensive collection of fashionable designer clothes including a massive collection of shoes. I believe most had only been worn once and probably more than a few never at all. She is the richest woman from the Philippines. Most of her wealth is stored in off-shore accounts under a pseudonym, “Jane Ryan”.
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