The Lost Shoe Project

We went to see In Search of a Midnight Kiss about a month ago, maybe more. It’s a quirky artistic movie, with a quirky artistic character who at one point mentions that she likes to take photos of shoes, and publishes them on her quirky artistic website called “”. Seeing this, I was sitting in the cinema burning with curiosity. I had to know if the website really exists, and really does have photos of lost shoes. …but then I forgot all about it ….until now.

So looking at it now, I was expecting to either find:

  • A website created by the official makers of the movie (possibly pretending to be someone’s quirky artistic lost shoe project)
  • A fan website dedicated to the movie
  • A holding page grabbed by some domain name parking search engine optimising asswipe.
  • But I’m not sure what to make of this site. It does really exist, and has photos of lost shoes. No mention of the movie, but a very personal little account of what the site is about, complete with a very personal looking email address. “Have you found a lost shoe? Send me a picture and tell me your story…”, and an unpolished “coming soon” section, all of which makes me think it is not an official site by the makers of the movie.

    Maybe this is some clever double-bluffing. It could all be designed to harvest email addresses or generate confused blog posts like this, which help promote the movie.

    Or am I being too cynical. It really is someone’s little quirky artistic pet project, which the script writer randomly came across and decided to write into the movie. 

    ….Nah! Surely not. There’s only one way to find out. Anyone lost a shoe?

    16 thoughts on “The Lost Shoe Project

    1. Oh right. I saw the movie in the cinema a few months earlier. My memory wasn’t that good, but that’s interesting. So they must’ve asked permission from the owner of the website to show those photos in the movie, or maybe the movie director knows the owner of the website somehow… or one of the more cynical scenarios.

    2. mm.. that picture where u can see in the background “pizza by the slice”. I think the characters have lunch there or something. is this correct?

    3. that’s not a picture.
      it’s the first shot after the shoe montage, and you think it’s a still, untill the PIZZA sign lights up…

    4. one of shoes is actually mine! the thing is, there is no contact address to claim it back.
      (the truth is; the movie was great, and i was also intrigued by the project). there is so much talent out there!

    5. I was curious about the lost shoe project and found this blog. I can see that its been a few months since anyone has written to this thread but I just thought I would mention that in the credits it says Johanna Jarcho both created and photographed the LOstShoEproJect>Com…

    6. They stole the idea of lost shoes from me, I have been on CNN and many other shows a few years before they came up with the idea for the movie. I must say I am pretty pissed off. Trust me I have way more lost soles than “she” does and have been doing it since 2004!!!!!

    7. I think its possible that more than one person came up with the idea of photographing lost shoes and posting them on a blog. I came up with the idea independently of anyone else and if you call me a thief or a liar then I’ll call you what you are… a punk-ass bitch. I’d rather have a brotherhood/sisterhood of lost shoe collectors than a bunch of petty rivals arguing about who had the idea first. I’m just saying.

    8. A brotherhood/sisterhood of lost shoe collectors is the way to go.

      Mind you it decentralises the database, making it harder to get a global overview of worldwide lost shoes. Clearly what’s needed is some open data sharing; a project gathering and releasing geo-located lost shoe data as an open licensed download. …or maybe I’ve been hanging around OpenStreetMap too long 🙂

    9. Hi

      I saw the film on British TV sometime in 2009/10, and looked up the URL as well, delighted to see it existed!

      I’d forgotten the name of the film, but decided on some targeted keywords and found you today!

      Looks like the website went online in 2007, probably during production of the film, and expired sometime between 2012 and 2013. This is the final version, looks like the URL got readopted recently, but has since gone again –

    10. I have found a few lost shoes in the past, but I have also LOST a shoe several times.

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