About the Project
In October 2004 my wife Sharon and I, Randy, lost our residence on Pensacola Beach to Hurricane Ivan. Instead of treating it as a disaster we made this an opportunity for us to pursue our dream of traveling the U.S. in a motor home. During our four-year adventure on the road, we noticed numerous lone shoes sitting on the side of the road. We began to get intrigued by how many there were, and the fact that each of those shoes had to have belonged to someone, but who? Were they male or female, young or old, rich or poor? How did it end up alone on the road? The inherent mystery tied to these images is the untold story of each shoe, the viewer cannot help but create that story in their mind.
So what we have decided to do is catalog the shoes we come across through photographs along with the stories of Adventure that accompany each shoe. Hence the birth of the One Shoe Diaries™. The shoes are left in their original state, we do not alter or move them.
We have since stopped living full-time in the motorhome and currently reside back in Pensacola, Florida. Many events have happened since we first started out on this journey of life after Hurricane Ivan. We journeyed cross-country, we lost our sweet Noah at birth, we were blessed with Nora shortly after, we endured the BP oil spill as it wrecked our beaches and economy, I lost my mother and most recently Jinny passed away. Life throws lots of ups and downs and we invite you to experience ours with us. We hope you enjoy our ever-growing collection of shoes and the stories attach to them.
Most recently discovered Lost Soles
Latest Stories from the Road
I really feel bad I have not been doing a better job documenting Nora's life. Not because I think she is so incredible or special, which she is, that the world wants to know what she has been doing. But rather for me, Sharon and especially her, to someday be able to...read more
Being from Cincinnati, and with German heritage, it is easy to see why I was excited to visit this brewhouse, which almost exclusively brews authentic German recipes. Christian Moerlein has been brewing award-winning beers since 1853. What I found really cool is that...read more
Mobile, Alabama is one of those places, while close to home, I have not explored much. So on a run to pick up political signs outside Mobile for a client, Sharon and I decided it was time to check out the downtown. It was actually much cleaner and nicer than I...read more