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#1 of 53 Old 07-30-2009, 08:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Okay, the 'zen monk' answer would be one, but I'm talking in the modern world

For quite a while I would just own two pairs of shoes- summer shoes and winter boots. Something that could fill multiple functions, but never all of them. I would wear them out hard and fast, then get a new pair.

Now though I take a different approach, as I've learned that footwear really does work best when used for the purpose it's intended for. I try to have multiple pairs, each for a certain purpose, and therefore I can longer in between buying new pairs of each type but obviously have to buy more to begin with.

I'm just not sure- how many pairs are really necessary? are you the first type of shoe person (wear one pair for everything until worn out) or the second (multiple pairs for different things)? If you are the first type, which kind of shoe do you wear as your main shoe- running shoes, sandals, boots? If you're the second type, how many pairs of shoes do you own, and what are they for? And how does this relate to frugality/finances? Well, I'm also wondering- what do you think is the more frugal approach? Obviously it seems it must be option #1 but then you are wearing them out faster, too.

When I was the first type, I would wear clogs in the spring/summer/fall and boots in the winter. Now I have many pairs of shoes (dare I list them??)- clogs for in the garden, running shoes for running and walking, waterproof sandals for the beach, birk sandals for casual wear, one pair of dressy shoes, a pair of cheap flip flops for just throwing on sometimes when I'm lazy, a pair of ugg type boots for cold weather plus another pair of waterproof boots for winter hikes*. Wow, that's eight pairs! And I am going to have to get another pair of CSA approved boots for working on construction projects.

My dp doesn't have nearly as many but he does have one pair casual shoes, one pair dress shoes, running shoes, biking shoes and sandals.

You?

*please note some of these shoes are from the thrift store!
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I've got two pairs of practical boots (winter and rain) and two pairs of dressier boots (brown and black). Two pairs of heels (pink and black), runners, sandals, maryjanes, and clogs. Wow, that's more than I thought!
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Here's my tally:

One pair of somewhat stylish everyday shoes
One pair of sandals (Chacos, can get wet, wear them much of the summer)
One pair of RUNNING shoes
One pair of mucky shoes (my old running shoes)
One pair of hiking boots
One pair of nice dress sandals (I don't do heels)

Then there's the cross-country ski boots, downhill ski boots, telemark ski boots, climbing shoes, and the like.

That gets me through the whole year, and I replace the running shoes based upon miles, the sandals I've had for at least 6 years now (and they still look/feel GREAT!), the hiking boots I've had for 5 years (look/feel GREAT), the dressy sandals I've had for at least 5 years (again, still look/feel GREAT), and I replace the everyday shoes each fall.

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i wear thongs until they die for everything but work. well, sometimes i even wear them to work.

i do have:

running shoes (10 years old not used very often )
crocs for the garden
snow boots (used maybe five times each winter- these are also 10 years old)
one pair merrill shoes my mom gave me
two pairs dress shoes for teaching

i think that's it...

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I'm probably no help, because I have around 20-30 pairs of shoes. I have casual shoes, sandals/flip flops, heels, running shoes, etc.

I think you need:
Light, summer shoes
Shoes for bad weather
A pair of boots
Sandals or shoes for the beach
A pair of shoes for working out. If you are a runner, a pair specifically for running and another pair of workout shoes for other things.
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Hi there,
I am shy to even mention how many I have, but I have the approach of having a lot for different purposes. I know it is not frugal, but I have bought the majority at a thrift store and they have been new or gently used.
I am thinking about 5 if I had to cut down.
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sandals
dress shoes
winter boots
running shoes
everyday shoes

So 5.

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I have one pair of sneakers, and only bought them because my other sneakers I'd worn for 8 years had holes in them. All three pairs of sandals are now broken, so unfortunately I'll be forced to buy new sandals, or deal w/only being able to wear my sneakers. My daughters otoh, have about 6 pairs of shoes, and getting more for back to school.
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I have lots of shoes. Some I only wear with a few things so they don't get much use. Some I wear daily.
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I have
one pair of running shoes
Sandals
knock off crocs
winter boots

For all I use dress shoes I borrow from my Mom or sister.

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I wear one pair of shoes at a time. I buy a pair of cheap croc knock offs inthe summer, and a pair of winter boots in the winter....repeat, yearly.

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I have lots and lots of shoes.

The reality, though, is that I wear very few.

I use a pair of Birks, a pair of sketchers (sort of MJ style), a pair of slip on black leather loafers, a pair of sneakers/walking shoes, and my winter boots.

In the spring and summer you'll see me in the Birks, sketchers, or sneakers.

In the autumn the leather loafers start to be seen.

And in the dead of winter pretty much all you'll see on me outside the house is my boots!

I also wear some pumps when I have fancier events and wear dresses, etc.

So for me I've determined that about 6 pairs would be what I need/use.
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You should see our shoe closet, way too many shoes for two adults and most of them are his.

These are mine:
Running shoes
Two pairs of Chuck Taylor's (black and blue)
Birk clogs for work
Sneakers for work
Two different styles of Chacos
Two pair of Doc Martins (the boots I wear the MJ I don't but I can't give them away because they were a gift from my husband)
Bean boots
LL Bean Storm chasers
Three pairs of heels (black strappy, black peep toe and red)
Black flats
Uggs
Brown sandals
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-pair of walking shoes for work
-2 pair of clogs brown/black
-pair of slip on sandals for summer
-pair of flip flops
-2 pair of dressy flats

I didn't even realize I had this many! My kids only have one pair each. I didn't buy them sandals this summer because they complained they didn't like them.
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I think it really depends upon what your needs are:
Do you work in a business/corporate environment?
Are you a SAHM?
Do you work outside?
Do you have to dress up a lot?

For me: I work SAH/WOH so I have shoes for work and shoes for "play"
My shoe wardrobe consists of:
1 pair tennis shoes
2-3 pair sandals
1 pair Birkies
1 pair winter boots
2 pair work shoes (dansko clogs)
1 pair Birkie clogs
a couple of pairs of heels
2 pairs of dress boots

Ok that's 13 pairs but I've found that my shoes don't wear out as quickly because I rotate wearing them and they last longer.
I also have had the same shoes for upwards of 5 years.

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Well, you should never wear the same pair two days in a row... just like a bra, they need time to rest in order to retain their elasticity, dry out, etc. Overall they'll just last longer.

So my answer would be 2 pairs for summer (casual/everyday wear), 2 pairs for winter (casual/everyday wear), a walking/running shoe and a dress shoe. But if you're in a professional setting then you'll need more dress and less casual.

Personally I have 1 pair of sandals that I can wear right now (edema), but non pregnant I have - a pair of birkenstocks that are my "round the house / garbage can / mailbox / laundry" pair, a pair of slip ons for when I do yard work, a pair of walking shoes, 2 pairs of sandals, a pair of danskos that can go casual or professional, and a couple pairs of dress shoes that I never wear. Of course, the worst weather we have to worry about here is rain, so I don't have any winter type shoes.

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Well, you should never wear the same pair two days in a row... just like a bra, they need time to rest in order to retain their elasticity, dry out, etc. Overall they'll just last longer.
Really? I did not know that.
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Well, if I went bare minimum, I would need a pair of heels for work, a pair of sneakers, a pair of sandels, and a pair of dressier everyday shoes. I have a lot more than that though. I like shoes.

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I am not a stylish shoe person. So I tend to stick with the minimum.

What I have:

Yucky old sneakers for yard work
Nicer Sneaker for most everyday wear
Running sneakers for running
Sport Sandals
High heeled boots in brown & black - I wear this with slacks in the winter whenever I need something nicer than sneakers
I have a couple pairs of strappy heals which I mostly hate because they are uncomfortable

That's pretty much what I wear. I really need to buy something nicer for everyday wear, something that is better than sneakers, but isn't as formal as high heeled boots. Probably a clog, but I hate clogs. I tend to have nothing appropriate to wear in the summer with shorts when I need to dress nicer (I hate flip flops, so most sandals on the market today don't work for me).

I'm very particular about wearing comfortable shoes, so I limit my options severely.

ETA - whoops, forgot snow boots!

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I have over 15 pairs of shoes... probably more than that and mostly all I wear are flip flops and gym shoes.
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I'm probably not the person to answer this poll.

I have:

snow boots
10 pairs of flip flops (some basic old navy, some slightly dressier w/ rhinestone or other detail, etc)
high heeled dress sandles in black and silver, for formal events (I've had these since high school, and I've worn them as recently as February!)
loafers
patent leather shiny shoes, probably a loafer, but with a heel.
dressier sandles (probably 3 different type of black low heeled open toed/open heel sandles)
sneakers for running/walking
sneakers for mucking around

Easily 20 pairs. There are probably more I'm not thinking of.

But my husband is just as bad. He has 3 pairs of work boots, snow boots, hiking boots, sneakers for running/walking, sneakers for mucking around, 2 pairs of sandles, multiple pairs of black dress shoes (no, seriously 4-5 black oxfords or loafers. WHY????)
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probably about 30 pairs. i get bored easily. shoes and accessories can really make an outfit interesting

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I have:
a pair of black, heeled loafers for professional/semidressy things
a pair of heels for dressy things
a pair of running shoes
a pair of birkenstock sandals
a pair of birkenstock clogs
a pair of snow boots.

Seems like a lot to me, considering I really just ever wear the last four.
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Wow, this thread is making me feel a lot better about my eight pairs lol- and making me justify going to buy some more shoes in my head
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In active rotation I have
2 pairs of sandals
1 pair of flip flops
running shoes
older running shoes that I use for mowing
1 pair converse
1 pair loafers
2 pairs of heels

I do have more that I really need to cull out. For what its worth, I work outside of the home and have to have a few different shoes for different outfits

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I have:
2 pairs Clarks pumps (I don't do real heels), one black, one brown
1 pair Chaco sandals
1 pair running shoes
1 pair old running shoes for backup
2 pairs Teva flip flops, one black, one brown

We just moved to VA from TX so I guess I'll find out if I need a 'winter' shoe later this year.
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I have:

1 pair of sandels that I wear all the time
1 pair of semi dressy flats that I wear lots, with sun dresses and with dress pants
1 pair of running shoes.

I am not crunchy enough for this forum. Everyday I get a little crunchier though! :
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here is what i have:

rain boots (vincent)

snow boots

tennis shoes (keen)

dress shoes (easy spirit)

slip-ons (don't have any right now so my rain boots double as slip-ons)


dh:

work shoes (vans)

nice tennis shoes (vans)

dress shoes (that he wears at least once every 2 years )

flip-flop type sandals

dc:

rain boots (vincent)

slipons (simple) literally falling apart

swedish moccasins (hanna andersson)

*getting ready to buy a new pair to replace the simples and would like to get a pair of dress shoes for a fall wedding we will attend


i used to have tons of shoes but have not replaced ones as others have worn out and have gotten rid of the ones that were not comfortable (mostly dressy type shoes)


i do think everyone needs at least 2 pairs in case one pair breaks or gets wet....that way there is always a back-up pair....so in short....my answer is 2 pairs per person

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I have about 10 pairs. Until being laid off I was working in an casual-dress office, fwiw.

4 pairs maryjane type shoes -- 1 in red suede, 1 in black suede, 1 brown cloth, 1 brown & greenish suede. The first two I bought on clearance and the 2nd go at a going-out-of-business sale, so they weren't too pricey and I've had the 2 newer pairs 6+ months, the older pairs maybe a year?

2 pairs sandles -- 1 that shoes my toes and one that does, as they aren't always sightly. I have worn these most of the summer so far.

1 pair black high heels

1 pair black strappy heels

1 pair white heels

1 pair tall brown suede-type boots

I wish I also owned black boots but I'm too cheap to buy them at full price and haven't found any on clearance that fit, and that I like, and that don't have heels greater than 2".

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20 pairs of Chaco sandals

10 pairs of Teva sandals

5 pairs of Birkenstock sandals

1 pair of Sorel snow boots

I have had multiple surgeries on both feet (5 in the last two years on my left foot) and I can't wear enclosed shoes because of fit = pain issues. An open shoe allows my toes the room they need and no rubbing on scar tissue. Because of my flat feet, the Chaco's great arch support is a must. Plus, I love the wide width they offer.

The Chaco sandals are the BEST shoe for me. I wear them most of the time, even all Winter (we live in Washington state, in the mountains, and deal with LOTS of snow). I only wear the Sorels when we are actually playing in the snow (and, afterwards, I'm always in pain). The Chacos come on as soon as I'm back in the house!

I wear the Tevs and Birks, too, but the Chacos are always my #1 choice.

Gave up all my gorgeous high heels when I married dh and quit working. They were so pretty, I had a pair in suede to match every one of my suede skirts. Not a lot of use for them in our area of the mountains!!
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