Looking for the name and author of a science fiction short story about why you only ever find one shoe on the side of the road.

  • Hot babe picks up hitchhiker in a nice sports car.

  • Hot babe turns into alien monster and EATS hitchhiker.

  • Throws one shoe out window.

  • Welcome to the site. In which year did you read this story, and in what format (magazine, anthology book, online)? Also, do you have any idea which decade it was published in? Apr 25 '21 at 15:41
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    I was a teenager. I'm 48 now. It was one of those sci fi mags. I don't remember anything else about it
    – Joe Parato
    Apr 25 '21 at 16:26
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    So, late 80's. Do you think it was an old magazine? Small (Analog) or large (Omni) format?
    – Spencer
    Apr 25 '21 at 16:49
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    What did the monster do with the other shoe? Apr 25 '21 at 17:24
  • It doesn't say. Car speeds off. The end.
    – Joe Parato
    Apr 25 '21 at 17:43

This is definitely Ron Wolfe's "The One-Shoe Blues" (1985). It can be read in its original context online courtesy of the Internet Archive.

He looked toward Lyn again. She was driving like before, tapping out the rhythm of the "One-Shoe Blues" on the car top.

At the same time, Charlie couldn't help noticing, she had both hands on the wheel.

He fingered the door latch.

"Suppose," she said, "suppose... there is no monster, Charlie. But suppose there is a... very different kind of life, from a different kind of place. Lost here, through no fault of its own. And it can change shapes, like on 'Star Trek.' Suppose... it could not make you understand how it does that, except to that it breathes in the feelings all around it."

It's not the protagonist that gets eaten, but another hitchhiker after the protagonist's escape.

He turned just in time to catch a glimpse of the candy apple Corvette. There were bits of glitter in the paint finish. The girl driving it wasn't wearing any top at all that Charlie could see, and her hair was done up in a blond swirly-cue like Dolly Parton.


The car sped past him, and was almost out of sight when Charlie saw the driver toss out something small and brown.


Before long, he found the other shoe.

  • Thanks a lot! I'll check it out. Not sure but probably lol. My memory of it is probably inaccurate after all these years.
    – Joe Parato
    Apr 26 '21 at 18:41
  • Just looked. That's definitely the one! Has it been collected into any anthologies?
    – Joe Parato
    Apr 26 '21 at 18:43
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    @Joe Parato - If this answer is correct, please mark it as accepted by clicking on the check mark beneath the voting buttons. Thanks. Apr 27 '21 at 11:31
  • @JoeParato, according to ISFDB, no.
    – Otis
    May 12 '21 at 20:05

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