02 May

I surveyed my Facebook friends this week, about how many pairs of shoes might be considered “too many”. The verdict was that most are too disinterested to respond.

Of those that did, however, the general consensus was FIVE.

That’s right. Five pairs of shoes is too many.

I think even Fraser has five pairs of shoes. See diagram below. Almost.

In fairness Kathy went to 10, and Mousey even allowed up to 15. But that was the highest anyone went, even though I tried to skew things by offering increments up to forty.

Dear Friends,

You suck at validating my shoe fetish.

Love, Melissa xxx

I got excited and drew some Matrices. To represent the Need For Shoes.

Here is Fraser’s:

Casual, Rubber-soled Flat, dressy Heels Boots Sandals
White Runners
Black Work shoes Crappy sandals
Brown Hiking boots

4 pairs.

OK let’s try the kids.


Casual, Rubber-soled Flat, dressy Heels Boots Sandals
White Runners
Black Dressy shoes
And another more casual pair on order
Ugg boot style things. She wears them as slippers. Bought in Albury last year when she was hideously sick & couldn’t keep warm.
Brown Everyday shoes. Kind of groovy. A pair my mum bought her that probably don’t fit any more
Green Everyday shoes. Soft and fairly worn.

Note please the count: 7 pairs of shoes. Owned by one of the people who said 5 pairs was too many. QED.


Casual, Rubber-soled Flat, dressy Heels Boots Sandals
White Runners (they are purple too)
Black School shoes
And another pair with gold bits
Purple Last year’s boots. Tragically, probably outgrown.
Gold and silver Can I count 2 pairs of Jiffys here? She wears them as slippers at school and everything.

Yah. Not so great. Not really breaking any records there.

My matrix – once created – turned out to be a really good way to keep a log of all my shoes. A LOG OF MY SHOES. Which is itself one of those statements that suggests that the two shoe shops and I should perhaps have a parting of ways – for a time, anyway.

It is also a pretty fabulous way to frighten Fraser.

But I may never live it down.

And so – having set the scene – I will try my poll again.


Posted by on May 2, 2012 in be happy, shopping


15 responses to “Shoes

  1. Aline

    May 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    There is no such thing as having too many shoes (much like fine wine really)…I have bought over 50 pairs in the last 10 years (not that I wear/wore them all) – gave some away to make more space for more…If you think about it, that’s only 5 pairs per year (sandals for summer, boots for winter, autumn shoes and spring shoes and one needs a pair of dress shoes too – and I took up running very briefly so bought 2 pairs of runners…) – Hmm…I wonder how many glasses of wine I have drunk in the last 10 years…On second thoughts, I don’t want to think about that!

    • Melissa

      May 3, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Wine is a good analogy. I have drunk more wine than I have shoes – good 🙂
      But you are right. Even if you don’t completely wear out shoes each year, it’s reasonable to buy new ones the following year to match colours or styles, or just (for those of us who don’t exactly follow fashion) to have some newer-looking shoes. And even if you don’t wear them this year, there’s always next year … and the year after.

  2. Aline

    May 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    And I totally forgot the work shoes. One must have decent work shoes for the office. And I read somewhere that one should not wear the same pair of shoes on consecutive days – this will make the feet happy and healthy 🙂

    • Melissa

      May 3, 2012 at 9:17 am

      I’ve read the same thing – especially in wet weather, you may even need 3 pairs on rotation to let them dry out, breathe etc.

  3. auntiejustine

    May 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I aim to keep under 20 – successful with that goal at present with the hideous plantar wart, my move and several pairs all dying at once.

    • Melissa

      May 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

      You knew it was good for something, right! I actually realised this week that I have 4 pairs fewer than I thought I did … no wait … I don’t! I now have a buffer zone in case I see a pair I need 😉

  4. Gerald McD

    May 3, 2012 at 3:13 am

    My wife and my mother-in-law would agree that there is no upper limit. At age 103, my mother-in-law has drastically reduced her vast shoe collection, although she still walks quite a bit every day, and likes to have the right shoe for different occasions.

    My wife’s shoe collection has greatly diminished over the years, after she retired and she no longer needed to dress well every day. We prefer jeans and running shoes on a daily basis, with an occasional upgrade for very special occasions.

    Maybe you should buy into ownership of a shoe store, rather than avoiding them…..

    • Melissa

      May 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

      The right shoe for the right occasion is important. I wore my fuchsia patent snakeskin flats to speak to new parents at my daughter’s school. Doesn’t matter if what I said was boring – they will have been entertained by the shoes. And today I am wearing brown flats to look mature and responsible.

  5. yewenyi

    May 3, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Lets see: I have

    3 pairs of black shoes. One old pair, I used to have at work to change into when I rode my trike to work, 1 normal pair and one good pair for going out.

    1 pair of books for wearing when not at work.

    1 pair of thongs.

    So that is 5 pairs. seems like a good number. But I do cheat. When I need runners I wear Kirsten’s.

    • Melissa

      May 3, 2012 at 9:22 am

      LOL! So you really have six pairs then. And if you went to Aldi you could own a pair of Men’s Painting Gumboots. For all your Gumboot-painting (or man-painting?) needs.

      Like you, Fraser keeps a pair of shoes at work so he can wear his runners back and forth. I’d rather invest in a more comfortable pair that I can wear all day (he catches the tram, after all) – but I do accept that the trike requires different shoes. So far, I’ve work my runners for riding, but I have a pair of soft flat shoes that I think might be even better.

  6. Neroli Wesley

    May 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Tony has several pairs of shoes, all of them Dunlop KT26… and one pair of black leather shoes that hurt him.

    • Melissa

      May 29, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      It’s good to know what you like.

  7. yewenyi

    June 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I now have another pair. Though they are boots I guess they still count. Living out in the sticks I have now invested in a shiny pair of jet black gum boots. I feel like a farm boy again. It is good! 🙂


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