When Gui Ribeiro first noticed that Nike sneakers kept washing up on Flores Island in the Azores in 2018, he had no idea that it was the start of a strange phenomenon. That’s because similar shoes would soon start turning up halfway across the globe. But, a year after the first piece of footwear was found, a theory to explain the mystery was put forward.
The Azores are a group of nine volcanic islands in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean. An autonomous region of Portugal, they lie just over 1,000 miles to the west of the Portuguese capital Lisbon. And with nearly 1,200 miles between the archipelago and Newfoundland in Canada, it’s fair to say that the Azores are pretty secluded.