"First of all we just collected them thinking they were too good to throw in the bin," Hewitt told BBC News. "When the pile grew we did a little notice ... We had a few phone calls from that and were able to give back and match up a couple of pairs."
Hewitt finally saw the fox carrying shoes one day, but she didn't see any reason to interfere with the animal's mysterious pattern. "I decided the fox was a further afield than just around our immediate vicinity, which is when I decided to put the table out on the street," she said. "The number of vehicles and passers-by who stopped to ask about it, to look and also to take their shoes back was absolutely astounding."