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Background I am real low-maintenance. I don't need any medications, I eat just about anything, I don't wear jewelry or perfume or nail stuff. I'll wear whatever fits or comes close to fitting with the exception of shoes. My shoes have to fit. But my feet are weird. If I just had to fit the length, I could get by with men's for the most part, but those are just too wide. Oh yeah, and my feet are as flat as feet can be. All those shoes that offer arch support are pure walking torture for me. When I find shoes that fit, I am very happy.

So I was watching King John with Brian last Friday and at intermission I pointed out my shiny new sneakers.

Oops. I forgot some background. I wear sneakers every day for at least an hour, all day most days. I always have an older pair and a newer pair. When chunks start falling off of the older pair, I toss them and get a new newer pair as soon as I can--but sometimes it takes months because of my aforementioned weird feet. A new pair of sneakers is a cause for celebration.

Brian (in a tone not indicative of celebration): Great. How many pairs of shoes do you have?
Me: I don't know. Ten?

Then I sort of zoned out of the first part of post-intermission King John because I was mentally counting my shoes. Over and over. I was right; I have ten pairs of shoes.

Now we're walking out to the car.
Me: You think I have too many shoes.
Brian: Yes, you do have too many shoes.
Me: That is just silly. I bet if you asked everyone in that theater, you would find that NO ONE had fewer than ten pairs of shoes.
Brian: I would take that wager.

Much to the relief of our babysitter, we did not poll the theater. And I did concede that the cowboy boots aren't strictly necessary, but they fit perfectly and if I ever decide to be a cowboy having them will save me a lot of looking.

Anyway. Will you LJ friends indulge me and count your shoes? How many do you have?

*No good for running at all--I found this out the hard way.

Boots, snow & cowboy2
Dress, brown & black & blue3
Sneakers, older & newer2
Chucks (like sneakers, but no good for running*)1


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Oct. 4th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
Well, I'll count them when I get home tonight, but I certainly have more than 10 pairs. Some (a lot) of them are for gig wear (various RenFest/performance gear) but I know I have more than 10 pairs.
Oct. 4th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
He's going to lose, very badly...

work/dress shoes - 2
dance shoes - 2
boots, combat, engineer, renfaire, 15th century - 4
sneakers - 3

11 pairs.

and those are just the ones I USE on a regular basis... there's the saved pair of gardening/work shoes, the older dance shoes, the cowboy boots i haven't used since Newport, etc...
Oct. 4th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
koralleen, you are a cool person, but I will not, even to help you win a bet with your husband, count my shoes, because I've got waaaay too many. Rest assured that between dance shoes, dress shoes, casual sneakers, slippers, foul weather boots, old sneakers I save for gardening & other messy work, and shoes and sandals associated with a myriad of costumes, not to mention the special needs of cranky severely pronated feet, I have dozens of pairs of shoes.
Oct. 4th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
quick count
i think I'm down to 15
Oct. 4th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC)
Boots: hiking, snow, cowboy, dress, moccasin
Boat: 3prs plus dinghy boots
Sneakers: 3 (includes deck shoes not counted in boat shoes pile)
Sandals (recreational): 2pr + 3 that aren't formal but work for work & play
Formal sandals: 4
Work shoes: about 9pr? Maybe 10?
slippers: 2pr
Shoes dyed for wearing with only 1 outfit (the bridemaid dress): blessedly 1

My boyf's closet? 2pr flipflops, 1 pair brown shoes, 1 pair boat shoes
housemate? I would hazard not much different in numbers.
Brother? Same. Foredeck? Same. Trimmer? 12 prs sneakers 6prs dress shoes, 4 prs boat shoes.... the trimmer is the foredeck's wife.

See the trend?
Oct. 4th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
Well, he wins here. 1 pair flip-flops, 1 pair sneaks (being worn), 1 pair dress shoes, and somewhere downstairs I think I still have a pair of dockers. So, four.
Oct. 5th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
A whole big fat bunch. Sneakers, boots (both very warm for winter and not-so-warm for spring/fall), dress shoes in a variety of colors, sandals in several colors and heel heights, I'm up to 4 pairs of dance shoes as of today (although one of them, I never wear because they are a tad large), renfest sandals (really should invest in a pair of ren boots, too)... Definitely more than 10.
Oct. 5th, 2005 12:40 pm (UTC)
Boots (snow, hiking, duck) = 4
Dress (combo of high and low heel, several colors) = 7
Sneakers, older & newer = 7
Sandals = 2
Slippers = 3

I think my husband has less than 10, though. He has 2 pairs of dress shoes (black and cordovan), 2 pairs of sneakers (white and black), 2 pairs of boots, and 1 pair of slippers.
Oct. 5th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
I have one pair of teva-like sandals, two pairs of flip flops, one pair of boots, two pairs of old sneakers, and one pair of newer sneakers just SCATTERED AROUND ME RIGHT HERE BY THE COMPUTER ON THE FLOOR. These are just some of the shoes I've worn in the last couple of weeks. Upstairs are many many more.

I almost never get rid of shoes, even if I never wear them, unless they are falling apart. I might want to wear them again sometime.
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