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Protesting the president?

Work boots, slippers, sneakers and sandals -- thousands of them -- littered both lanes of the Palmetto Expressway near Miller Drive Friday causing long traffic delays and a two-hour clean-up.

The shoes mysteriously appeared just before 8 a.m. on the southbound lanes of the Palmetto between the Bird Road and Miller Drive.

No word on why.

But shoe protests have been gaining in popularity: anti-war protestors last month tossed shoes at a mockup of President Bush outside the White House -- days after an Iraqi journalist shucked a pair of size 10s at Bush.