It’s a scene designed to stop passers-by in their tracks.
Dig a little deeper into what it means and the shock sinks in. Each pair of shoes lined neatly in front of St George’s Hall in Liverpool represents a child who took their own life in Britain in 2017 – 226 in all.
The charity joined local broadcaster Radio City for the 100th episode of its Mental Health Monday show.
“We hope our live show and Lost Childhoods shoes event will shine a spotlight on the issue of young people’s suicide and also the wider issues our young people are facing,” said presenter Mick Coyle.