That's not being playful, that's a fetish
Great finally someone else has a cat that dose this. my is not alone
"Looks like no mice in here either..."
Whiskers deep in that there shoe.
We have an orange tabby that is obsessed with feet. He constantly curls up with a shoe, resting his head near or in the hole like OP's. I thought it was a cute quirk, then I awoke one morning and looked over at him doing it again. I said good mornin' buddy, he looks up at me, then pukes in my shoe.
Shoes are the gateway to cats huffing.
My Dog does it. She'll straight up LICK the inside of your shoes if you don't put them on a counter. Got a cat a year ago...and now not even the counters are safe.
I wish my cat did this. Instead he’ll pretend other people’s shoes (never mine for some reason) are his new scratching post, and I have to yell at him.
"Im just gonna go ahead and sniff these shoes really quick just to make sure theyre safe... *SSNNNNNNNNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF* OH YEA! oh, oh yea, these shoes are indeed dirty"
Awww it means he loves your smell!