Creative Prompt (Lost Shoe Series #4): A little bit Cinderella

I saw this shoe some time ago now, tossed down amongst a collection of other shoes and rubbish. I think it had been flytipped, as many of the odd things I see around are. It was early morning on a relatively warm and sunny day, and the sparkle of the silver caught my attention.

The interesting thing for me was that at the time I could not see it’s partner. It’s quite a glamerous looking shoe, made for going to parties and balls. I got a sense that perhapse the shoes had been lost on the way home from such an event, and was waiting to be picked up and reunited with the foot that wore it.

I’ve drawn on the cinderella narrative before for one of these posts, but I think the story has space for multiple readings and interpretations. This shoe feels like a far more traditional fit – a glamerous party shoe left on the road by someone leaving a glamerous party in haste, before their carraige turns into a pumpkin. Now it waits to be found by a prince, who may happen to be working that day as a bin man.

I wonder who left it?

I wonder who picked it up in the end?

I’m not a huge fan of creative exercises, so it’s not my habit to tell people what to do with these prompts. There are lots of options – a scene, some flash fiction, a short story, an idea for a short film or a physical piece of art. If you do have a go with this one and would like to drop the result in the comments please do so. I would be very interested to see what people make of these so please do link to blog posts or comment below.

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