"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."
The fox appears to have five kits who are not involved in the swiping -- or, at least not yet.
Photo via BBC.