Walker in L.A.: Driving Shoe - CityThink - Los Angeles magazine

Walker in L.A.: Driving Shoe

Seeing the city from the ground up

Santa Monica Blvd. and Butler Ave., West LA

Should you find yourself strolling down Santa Monica Boulevard just west of the 405, there may come a moment when you fully expect a Disney character to walk out of a nearby store and climb behind the wheel of this high-top hot-rod. Maybe Goofy? It looks like his style. The "shoe car" is parked outside Quality Shoes, a shoe repair shop that has certainly fixed its fair share of flats. Part custom masterpiece, part Claes Oldenburg sculpture, this is mobile programmatic architecture at its best; a driveable version of Randy's Donuts. It's also achieved legendary status in the neighborhood. As I walked by on a warm afternoon, a mom and daughter took turns having their photos taken in front of the most pedestrian-friendly automobile in town.


Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each Wednesday. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.

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