Today, as a friend and I were leaving a restaurant, I noticed a young woman wearing one pink tennis shoe and one turquoise tennis shoe.
I pointed to them and asked, "Is that a new fad?" She said that she had been doing it since she was "three years old"; well, she is certainly now old enough to know better than to look ridiculous in public! I told her about a schoolmate who used to wear one scarlet sock and one gray sock when she was wearing her Ohio State University garb.
There is a "National Two-Different Colored Shoes Day" which will be observed on May 3, 2016! The stated purpose is to "encourage individuality".
Later, I said to my friend, "There are organizations that supply shoes mainly for amputees, children with cerebral palsy, and people with mismatched feet; she could donate her extra shoes there." My friend laughed and I told him that I have another friend who has to buy two pairs of shoes because one foot is bigger than the other.
Here are some organizations to help people find their "sole mates":
HEMAPHLEGIC CEREBRAL PALSY SHOE EXCHANGE
NATIONAL ODD SHOE EXCHANGE
ODD SHOE FINDER
ONE SHOE, TWO SHOE
Several companies will give discounts to people needing to buy different sized shoes: Nordstrom's, Birkenstock, Healthy Feet Store, Nike, and Brooks Sports, Inc.