Is Letná a drug lair?

Letná park is a popular location frequently sought out by locals, as well as tourists for a wonderful panoramic view of the city. The power lines by the metronome, where the Stalin statue used to stand, are covered by numerous pairs of shoes flowing in the wind. Neither tourists nor Czechs know what they symbolize.

According to the internet, tennis shoes hung up on power lines often mark a neighborhood where drugs are sold. The area by the metronome is, however, only filled with tourists and skateboard enthusiasts.

“There are many internet discussions on the meaning behind hanging shoes on power lines by the metronome and other places in the world. We do not know the true meaning behind them either,” says Michaela Krainová, spokesperson for Prague Real Estate Management, which operates the metronome.

At the same time, it seems like hanging up shoes has become a hit all around the world, just like putting love locks on bridges. Hung up shoes can be spotted in other major cities in the world as well. People post photos on social media with the hashtag #shoefiti.

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Photo: Eva Fornálová for Blesk