House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Why do the girls hide the shoes when they come home?

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The girls find some old high healed shoes that happen to fit their small feet. Neighbours warn them against wearing such sexually charged shoes on children feet. A drunken bum tries to flirt with Rachel; he asks her for a kiss in exchange for a dollar. Yes, shades of prostitution. The girls are so scared that they hide their shoes on Rachel and Lucy’s porch.