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Shoes?

Following a comment I made which seems to have caused some consternation:

Poll #854339 Shoes

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Mean: 9.73 Median: 7.5 Std. Dev 6.11
0(0.0%)
0
0(0.0%)
1
1(1.9%)
2
1(1.9%)
3
4(7.7%)
4
7(13.5%)
5
3(5.8%)
6
7(13.5%)
7
3(5.8%)
8
2(3.8%)
9
1(1.9%)
10
5(9.6%)
11
1(1.9%)
12
1(1.9%)
13
0(0.0%)
14
3(5.8%)
15
3(5.8%)
16
0(0.0%)
17
0(0.0%)
18
0(0.0%)
19
0(0.0%)
20
10(19.2%)

How many pairs of shoes do you wear regularly (more than 3 times a year)?

Mean: 6.27 Median: 5 Std. Dev 4.55
0(0.0%)
0
0(0.0%)
1
2(3.8%)
2
10(19.2%)
3
4(7.7%)
4
7(13.5%)
5
7(13.5%)
6
4(7.7%)
7
3(5.8%)
8
2(3.8%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
6(11.5%)
11
0(0.0%)
12
2(3.8%)
13
0(0.0%)
14
1(1.9%)
15
2(3.8%)
16
0(0.0%)
17
0(0.0%)
18
0(0.0%)
19
0(0.0%)
20
2(3.8%)


Come on, fess up. How many shoes does one person really need? :)
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I'm shocked and saddened, Edwin.

I expected you to have in addition smoking shoes (to go with the smoking jacket), turkish slippers, several different pairs of smart shoes according to the cut of the trouser, and of course brown shoes for when one is wearing tweed in the countryside. And far more pairs of boots.
Actually, upon writing this, I did then remember my battered New Rocks (last seen at Burning Man, still white with dust), and my slippers.

I've been pondering my lack of pedicular variety for a while (and I'm flattered that such a lack on my part dismays you!); the fact is, though, that really good quality shoes (Lobb's, and so forth) are prohibitively expensive, and until I can afford the style to which we both think I should be accustomed, I'd simply rather not explore the possibilities at all.

And why more boots? Winklepickers look daft on me; chelsea boots are vulgar (IMHO); I stopped wearing tall pointy boots years ago, favouring instead the comparably comfortable Regency riding boots mentioned above; and the boots I wear regularly cover most other circumstances.

I could certainly do with one or two more pairs of smart shoes, however.

And it shames me to note that I have not yet found a really ncie smoking jacket.
I don't buy expensive shoes because I'm a terrible slob and don't look after them, so they would be wasted. I try to go for style on a budget. The most expensive pair of formal shoes I have cost £70 (OK reduced from £250), and my dance shoes cost about the same (and I love them with a passion - half leather/half nubuck black brogues, with suede soles). The most expensive pair of boots I've ever owned cost me £100. Chelsea boots were OK for John Steed, but never cheap Chelsea Boots...

More boots simply because a variety of pairs is a nice thing to have - chosen according to what one is wearing and where one may be going. I have several pairs of walking boots - some black, some brown, some grey, some in nubuck, some in gore-tex, some in leather etc. So some can be worn to work, some can be worn with shorts in the summer time, some can be won to wear when it's muddy, others when it's dry etc etc. Plus a;lso it's good to have boots of varying ages, so that one is never forced to break in a new pair when an old pair dies.

Favourbrook for the smoking jacket, but it may well be a trifle pricey. But even without that, I think you should definitely invest in turkish slippers.