Shoe Throwing

Josh described an initiation trust ritual that used to be performed in his fraternity. The group would stand over a cliff or near a canyon and ask a new member for his shoe. An already initiated member would pretend like he was going to throw the shoe over the cliff, although it was secretly tied to a string. The idea was to make the guy choose between the frat and his shoe.

Interestingly, Josh said that most guys chose their shoe. He explained “Cause some kids have really expensive shoes, like ‘I don’t want you to ruin my shoes and throw them in the canyon.'”