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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?

0
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: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: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: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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