Shoe house
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You may think that it was just the little old lady of fairytales that lived in a shoe, but apparently several other people have decided that shoe shaped homes are a perfect fit.

The Haines Shoe House in Hellam Pennsylvania was built in 1948 for the self-promoting shoe wizard, Colonel Mahlon Haines. The five story tall home was used as a weekend vacation home for elderly couples and came with a live-in butler and maid but didn’t last as a resort. Currently the Haines Shoe House serves as a roadside attraction.

On the other side of the states another shoe man created his very own shoe shop, literally. Deschwanden’s Shoe Repair resides in Bakersfield California and has been in business since 1947.

Not to be outdone, a few other countries have added their own shoe homes to the collection. South Africa has a shoe house at Abel Erasmus Pass, Branddraai Mpumalanga which was created by hotelier and artist, Ron Van Zyl. For his wife who said she wanted a shoe, one has to wonder if she was really serious.

India joined the fray by adding a shoe home to its Hanging Gardens and Kamala Nehru Park on Malabar Hill in Mumbai.

So if traditional living isn’t quite your style, why not come up with your own shoe and live like the little old lady did.