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April 6th, 2008
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Today I bought a pair of shoes and decluttered several others. I was also offered the chance to win a years supply of shoes.

"A year's supply of shoes" would be interpreted by you in a general context to mean how many pairs?

0
1(1.1%)
1
16(18.2%)
2
21(23.9%)
3
16(18.2%)
5
7(8.0%)
7
2(2.3%)
9
0(0.0%)
12
2(2.3%)
24
0(0.0%)
52
0(0.0%)
100
0(0.0%)
200
0(0.0%)
365
3(3.4%)
More
0(0.0%)

But in the context of a shoe-shop competition, you would expect it to mean how many pairs?

0
0(0.0%)
1
2(2.4%)
2
5(6.0%)
3
1(1.2%)
5
11(13.1%)
7
0(0.0%)
9
1(1.2%)
12
38(45.2%)
24
5(6.0%)
52
3(3.6%)
100
0(0.0%)
200
0(0.0%)
365
5(6.0%)
More
1(1.2%)

How many pairs of shoes do you buy in a year?

0
6(6.8%)
1
22(25.0%)
2
27(30.7%)
3
10(11.4%)
5
3(3.4%)
7
1(1.1%)
9
0(0.0%)
12
1(1.1%)
24
0(0.0%)
52
0(0.0%)
100
0(0.0%)
200
0(0.0%)
365
0(0.0%)
More
0(0.0%)

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

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0(0.0%)
1
0(0.0%)
2
4(4.4%)
3
7(7.8%)
5
25(27.8%)
7
11(12.2%)
9
14(15.6%)
12
10(11.1%)
24
12(13.3%)
52
1(1.1%)
100
0(0.0%)
200
0(0.0%)
365
0(0.0%)
More
0(0.0%)


I owned 37 pairs of shoes, but have now downsized considerably to a much more respectable 20. This still sounds ridiculous, until you realise that's work shoes, interview shoes, trainers, sandles, going out shoes, ballroom dancing shoes, folk dancing shoes, nice boots, doc martins boots, blue shoes with flowers on them, hillwalking boots, climbing shoes, ice skates, rollerblades, and a fair few other completely non-interchangable things I have forgotten. It is still, however, a silly amount of shoes.

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From:kaet
Date:April 6th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
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I buy about half a pair of shoes a year, my DMs, which I buy when the old ones wear out, usually in winter when any holes have functional impact. I also have "proper shoes" for posh occasions, but they're rare, and these ones rarely wear out.

When I went out clubbing, etc, more, I used to have a lot more. But still I think I could have bought fewer than two a year.
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From:phlebas
Date:April 6th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Ditto!
(except for the 'used to have a lot more').
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From:liseuse
Date:April 6th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
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My year's supply is: one pair of winter boots, one pair of summer flats and one pair of flipflops. I subject all three to such hard wear that they require replacing each year. That said, I own far more pairs than that as I also have nice shoes, interview shoes, old winter boots I can't decide what to do with, trainers that I never wear because I never go to the gym and probably some old ballet and riding shoes tucked away in the cupboard.

I think about buying shoes far more often than I actually buy shoes.
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From:mostlyacat
Date:April 6th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
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I have one main pair of shoes that I wear all the time and replace when they fall to pieces which normally means that the sole cracks and lets in water. I also have several pairs of trainers for different purposes (normal, indoor, lawn mowing), smart black shoes, walking boots, wellies.

Women sometimes show off their pretty feet. That is good. :-)
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From:mostlyacat
Date:April 6th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Feet...
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From:mostlyacat
Date:April 6th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
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Feet...
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From:kaberett
Date:April 6th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Feet!
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From:ylla
Date:April 6th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Feet!
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From:atreic
Date:April 6th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Legs!
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From:lnr
Date:April 7th, 2008 08:53 am (UTC)
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Socks! (with feet)
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From:gerald_duck
Date:April 6th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
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When I buy a pair of shoes, I expect it to last a couple of years with continuous and almost exclusive use — so I buy 0.5 pairs a year, which makes answering your poll tricky. (-8

My other four pairs of shoes are my previous pair (which is now sacrificial for DIY or whatever), some plimsolls for use on beaches, small boats, etc. my formal shoes and a pair of wellies.

The plimsolls I've owned for about five years and worn maybe half a dozen times; the wellies and formal shoes I've had for over two decades now and they may well last me a lifetime.
From:yrieithydd
Date:April 6th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
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I managed to remember 12 pairs of shoes (scattered across three locations) Ooh no, that's reminded me of another pair in a fourth location!* So allowing for having forgotten some 12-24 seems plausible so I ticked both!

Mostly it's my black boots (waterproof but smartish) in the winter and sandals in the summer, but I have two pairs of heels (one white, one black), indoor and outdoor sports shoes (badminton and cricket), slippers (if they count), and assorted old ones I've never got rid of and (somewhere) some roller blades! Wellies and walking boots seem to have been lost in a move at some point over the last 10 years.

*I have shoes in my flat (obviously); still some at my parents;** one pair in the cupboard at the sacristy at church for serving if I turn up in sandals or other inappropriate shoes;*** and the fourth location is similar, assuming they're still there, which is in the servers `vestry' at LSM from my days as a server there. These last two are black slip ons which aren't in the best condition on the inside but look ok from the outside.

**This was useful last week when as it meant I had some to wear, my boots having got wet in the course of a 50 mile cycle ride. I suspect there was at least one pair there as I couldn't find it here, but failed to find that but did find three pairs I'd forgotten about which are all fairly tatty but one was wearable. Yesterday, a more sustained hunt found the posh shoes I thought had to be there and the indoor and outdoor sports shoes I'd discovered weren't here during the week when I was thinking about playing cricket.

***e.g. Boots which are not only still damp from the day before but very muddy!
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From:keith_underdown
Date:April 8th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)

Rollerblades

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In our attic!
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From:ashfae
Date:April 6th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
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My mom collects shoes; I used to think she bought one as a souvenier of everyplace she visited. She's probably not really that bad, but maaaaan she has a lot of shoes. Granted, she's a doctor and an administrator, and looking seriously professional is required.

So what did they mean by a year's supply of shoes, anyway?
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From:atreic
Date:April 6th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
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12 pairs.
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From:ashfae
Date:April 6th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
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That would be pleasant. =) 12 free pairs of shoes!
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From:rjw76
Date:April 6th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
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I wouldn't know where to store 12 pairs of shoes!

Well, actually, I would, because this is roughly the number that my husband and I have between us, but...
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From:kerrypolka
Date:April 6th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
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I don't think having lots of shoes with distinct purposes is at all silly or indulgent for people who do many different things. Not just "dance shoes" and "work shoes", but "light ballroom shoes" and "dark ballroom shoes." (Because wearing dark ballroom shoes with a white dress is just ridiculous!) The silly part comes in when you have lots of shoes with the same purpose, like six pairs of black ballroom shoes (although "black strappy ballroom" and "black solid ballroom" is another valid purpose difference).

At the moment, I have lots of pairs doing double-duty, like "folk dance shoes" doubling as "work shoes" and "rehearsal shoes," and most of them are a few years old, but when I get a full-time job and some more money, this will change! Significantly!
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From:geekette8
Date:April 6th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
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I have:
- 1 pair of black CAT boots which I wear all the time (to a first approximation). I replace these about once every two years. Used to have DMs but now find CATs more comfortable.
- 1 pair of black Crocs for beach etc. I have had these two years and they are nowhere near needing replacing.
- 1 pair of trainers for aerobics. Effectively never need replacing since I wear them so infrequently.
- 1 pair of wellies, ditto.
- 1 pair of smart (ish) black heeled shoes which I wear when I have to wear a suit for work. I replace these maybe once every 5 years?
- 1 pair of smart black heeled boots which I bought on a whim (VERY unlike me) last autumn. I've worn them maybe a dozen times since then, either in place of CATs or with a long skirt.
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From:ilanin
Date:April 6th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
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I own six pairs of shoes, which wasn't an option in your poll.

Two of these are specialist ("cricket boots" and "ballroom shoes"). Trainers are used for rock and roll because duh, and my solution to the boots thing is not going places where boots are required.
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From:ewx
Date:April 6th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
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I buy less than one pair per year. My five pairs are slippers (which could use replacement), everyday work/outdoor shoes (smarter enough for a job interview, but not smart enough to meet the Queen), smart shoes (may or may not be smart enough to meet the Queen but they'd have to do), a pair of walking boots (smart enough to meet mud) and another pair of everyday shoes that don't get much use (I can't remember what their history is).
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From:l_ren
Date:April 6th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
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I like shoes. I buy lots of shoes. I am not ashamed!
From:neonchameleon
Date:April 6th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
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2 work pairs (1 about a month old, 1 over a year old and wearing out), 1 pair heavy duty trainers of the sort I would wear for light hillwalking if I wanted to go walking, 1 pair of slippers, 1 pair of dance shoes.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 6th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
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I maybe buy a pair a year of my 'standard' shoes that I wear most days (though my mother thinks I should get more as she thinks it's bad for feet to be squeezed into exactly the same pair of shoes every day). But I also have trainers and a pair of shoes for special that last for years 'cause I don't get invited to that may weddings.

However, I own many different designer shirts for occasions (rather than for going to work) and I don't see why it's unreasonable to treat shoes in the same way.

Not that I'd notice if someone was wearing a different pair of shoes every day: I don't have enough X chromosomes for that.

S.
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From:pozorvlak
Date:April 6th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Interesting: my mother thinks it's bad for shoes to be subjected to feet every day :-)
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From:pozorvlak
Date:April 6th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
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10 pairs; one pair each of brown shoes, black shoes, sandals, slippers, trainers, and German army para boots, and four pairs of walking boots in various configurations of fit, age, weight and repair. For everyday, I cycle between the lightest of the walking boots, the para boots, and the brown shoes (leaving the brown shoes out of the cycle in wet and cold conditions). The para boots are high enough and waterproof enough to serve as wellies for most uses. The black shoes were bought for formal occasions, but mostly only get brought out for Edinburgh Festival costume these days. I think I bought three pairs of shoes last year, but that was atypical: my DMs and sandals needed replacing, and my parents offered to buy me a new pair of hillwalking boots to replace my aging main pair (which are still around, and relegated to the spares pile in case I need to lend some out, as occasionally happens).
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From:pozorvlak
Date:April 6th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah: the (brown shoes)/lightweight boots/para boots cycle is the winter cycle. In summer, I mostly wear sandals. Obviously.
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From:pozorvlak
Date:April 6th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
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... and climbing shoes. 11 pairs, then.
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From:jane_somebody
Date:April 6th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Putting that I bought 3 pairs a year was a non-scientific attempt to guestimate an average over the last many years, without distorting too grossly my current practice - I *think* I only bought one pair last year, but in years well past I bought many more (mostly, in those days, from charity shops.) I don't know how many pairs of shoes I currently own, but once I owned more than a hundred. I then rationalised quite a lot (relatively) to I think a little under 50. Since then I'm sure it's crept up again, and perhaps by more than I think/hope, so I can only guess it's somewhere between 50 and 100 (thus why I ticked both boxes) - especially as I know my original count *didn't* include things like slippers/wellies/walking boots that most people are including, and certainly not things like ice skates. So - if you think 20 pairs is a silly amount of shoes, goodness only knows what you'd make of my 'collection'!

Your blue shoes with flowers on sound very nice ;-)
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From:bouteillebleu
Date:April 7th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
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It appears I own more shoes than I think:

* 2 pairs of New Rocks in varying degrees of second-hand batteredness
* 1 pair of calf-high boots
* 1 pair of ankle boots
* 2 pairs of sandals
* 2 pairs of trainers, one set of which are forever stained with Cam water and the other pair of which I've almost worn to death
* 1 pair of walking boots that I bought over a year ago for LARP and have stood up to it rather well.

So that's nine pairs, seven of which were acquired in the last, er, three to seven years. I think my guess of 2 pairs per year was fairly accurate for me.

...oh, also a pair of smart shoes at the bottom of a pile of rubbish in a shoe box. I have worn them precisely twice - once for graduation because I wasn't allowed to wear the ankle boots, and once for a job interview.
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From:azron
Date:April 7th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
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sorry if someone else has asked - I flicked through the comments but it's LATE

when you say a year's supply, is that rounded to the nearest whole number of pairs (so if I need 1 pair for >2 years, then that's 0?), and does it included formal shoes (so, for instance, if I need a pair of formal shoes to wear once in a blue moon I add that in, allowing for the number of years I expect such a pair to last)?
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From:atreic
Date:April 7th, 2008 08:00 am (UTC)
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Wel,, the question was about your interpretation of the phrase, so it means whatever you think it means. But if you're trying to work out how to record 0.3 shoes, then I think ticking both 0 and 1 seems a fair enough way to do it. It includes all shoes, so formal shoes, walking boots, etc etc.
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From:azron
Date:April 7th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
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oh, so it does, I misread the question as meaning "how many shoes do you get through in a year" which is somewhat more objective (and hence I had to go and be pedantic...)
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From:atreic
Date:April 7th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
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That was the third question. It's a compaire and contrast thing ;-)
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From:simont
Date:April 7th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
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Shoes bought in a year: not actually zero, but rounded to nearest.

Shoes owned: I'm counting the unworn pair identical to my current main shoes, which I bought alongside the current ones out of fear that they might not sell the same kind any more by the time I need a new pair. I'd have bought another ten pairs if I'd had (a) space to store them at the time and (b) confidence that my feet wouldn't have mysteriously changed shape by the time I got to the end of them.
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From:lnr
Date:April 7th, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
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Hmm, can I enumerate my shoes?

Black DM Mary Janes, for every day
Old pair of similar, for gardening
Black DM 12 hole boots
Pink DM 12 hole boots
New Rocks
Walking boots
Knee length black heeled boots that probably don't zip up
Thigh length red shiny spike heeled boots that definitely don't zip up
Blue and white lace up plimsolls
Black checked slip on plimsolls
Black ballet pumps, comfy but smart, shame the insoles are disintegrating
Black sandals
Beige heels bought for sister's wedding
Beige ballet pumps ditto, for when I couldn't bear the heels any more
Purple slippers

I think there's also some cork soled wedge heels mules which I ought to get rid of, maybe a pair of uncomfy black court shoes, and possibly another couple of pairs of things I just don't wear in the box in the bottom of the wardrobe. So I'm actually halfway between 12 and 24 by the looks of it. Must go tick 24 as well :)
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From:naath
Date:April 7th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
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I kinda had to guess.

Most years I buy somewhere between 0 and 2 pairs (so I ticked 1), if my useful-boots or useful-sandals wear out then I have to buy a new pair. Sometimes I buy silly-shoes because I'm mad.

I don't actually know how many pairs of shoes I own - I know I have two pairs of useful-boots and two pairs of useful-sandals that are still wearable, and I have climbing shoes and hiking boots which are fairly justifiable, and a pair of shoes I keep clean and nice for interviews and such like. And a huge pile of Very Silly Shoes most of which fit poorly, most of which are sufficiently painful to be unwearable for significant periods of time, some of which I haven't worn in years - I really should downsize the silly-shoes pile.
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From:naath
Date:April 7th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
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Oh, also I have a huge slipper collection - because mum buys them for me as Christmas gifts. There are semi-'smart'-slippers (that look like shoes, only in fabric) and fuzzy-animal slippers and furry-but-shaped slippers and towelling slippers (for bath time? I don't know). It's very silly.
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From:pm215
Date:April 7th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
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Low boots, elven boots, kicking boots, fumble boots, levitation boots, jumping boots, speed boots, water walking boots, high boots, iron shoes.
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From:samholloway
Date:April 7th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Let's see:

* Really smart black shoes (to go with a suit for formal meals or visiting clients)
* Sufficiently smart black shoes (for going to work)
* Smartish brown shoes (for going to work with light trousers, although as I don't have any light trousers at the moment, they tend not to get worn)
* Old brown shoes with bleached laces (accident with the polish)
* Pseudo black trainers
* White trainers good enough to wear in public
* White trainers good enough to wear in the garden
* Black boots that I haven't worn yet
* Wellies

That's it. I usually replace a pair or two a year.
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From:ceb
Date:April 7th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
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Wow, so many shoes!

slippers, DMs, old pair of DMs for gardening in, walking boots, smart shoes which are actually comfortable and lasted about 15 years but wah! are now unwearable and I may never be able to replace.

ETA: talking to damerell, I have just realised I have never bought a pair of shoes.

Edited at 2008-04-07 05:44 pm (UTC)
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From:lavendersparkle
Date:April 8th, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
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One of the reasons I have lots of shoes is because I can never bear to throw the old ones away even when they have holes in them and I'm never going to wear them ever again.
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From:aldabra
Date:April 8th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
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I only have one pair in actual use, but I don't throw things away.
From:ext_72852
Date:April 13th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
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[x] 4
From:ext_72852
Date:April 13th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
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hm, only I forgot the pointy-heeled things which I believe are still somewhere under *that* pile of junk, just in case I need... pointyheeled things for something.
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