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Thursday, November 15, 2007

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Heh. I finished my post at 11:16 and it published it as being the 16th and I had to change it back to be the 15th because it WAS. It's not MY fault the darn thing didn't change with daylight savings...

I do not own that many pairs of shoes, yet my boyfriend thinks I own a store worth. Not counting flip flops, I own maybe... 8-10 pairs? Maybe? Not a lot. Love shoes, but, like you, I prefer going barefoot. Ironic.

I have bomber* feet
And I don't like buying shoes.
I don't own many.

*"Bomber" means "solid"
In mountaineering geek-speak.
Thought I should explain.

I still buy only cheap shoes. And I know I need GOOD shoes (the wonky pelvis thing). But good shoes cost so much!

Someday...

Yes, Danskos are wonderful...I wear them for work. (Although lately I've been wearing my pale pink Crocs to work because, well, they're pale pink...but I trip a lot in them so I may need to go back to my Danskos.)

You and I are sort of opposite, though, in that my whole life I've worn comfortable, supportive shoes, and now I'm suddenly going for the cute ones. (And deciding that at 5'11" I tower over everyone anyway, so I may as well wear heels...what's really the difference?)

Still, gotta say that I'm impressed by the 50 pairs of shoes at one point...that's a lot of shoes! Sounds like you've pared down well. :)

Who are you and what have you done with my sister?

I just counted to see... including the four pairs I just took from your trash bag (:-D), I have exactly 22 pairs of shoes. Six of them are SAS (two sandals, three walking shoes, one loafers.) There are three pairs of winter boots. But 10 pairs are things like those two pairs of gold ballet flats y'all hate, and the hot-pink Chinese maryjanes that I got for $3, and so forth. I wear SAS shoes almost all of every day (except in the summer when I'm going barefoot!)

I love cute shoes, but I too have ginormous feet (or maybe you don't, so then I am alone) - size 9.5 on my little 5'2" body! I also have major issues wearing...well, any shoe I have to stand on for more than a few minutes. I worked as a nursing assistant for a while, and I went through several pairs of shoes before I figured out, it's not the shoes, it's my feet, and they are just going to hurt.

All that said - do you all have Kohl's there? They have quality shoes, and often have a good sale. If you are ever needing shoes...

Could you do a post just on how you guys have set up your budget? This fascinates me. I know there are a million and a half 'how-to's out there on the web, but it's so nice to hear these things from a real people it works so well for. The way the budgeting works around here is that I'm a great big miser who doesn't want to spend any money. Your way might be a bit more realistic. ;)

"a real people"? You can tell I didn't get much sleep last night, no?

I just had to start wearing shoes with some support in them too. Which means I need to get some good ones because I am mainly wearing my old workout shoes.

I love real shoes. They last longer too. Though it helps if you throw away the real shoes that have truly died.

I have no idea how many shoes I own. Less than 20 pair for certain. I wear about 3 of them on a weekly basis. I do have payless shoes for special occasion, once in a blue moon shoes. But I try to spend more on the "everyday" shoes because I spend way too much time on my feet.

I do love shoes. But I have hard-to-fit feet. 6 1/2 to 7 wide. solid is a good word for them. Unlike you, pregnancy did change my shoe size eventually (it took the third kid to do it!). I was very sad to throw out some very nice shoes - because it meant I had to try to find new ones and that is always an ordeal!

Danskos! Danskos! I am wearing a pair right now. I have a pair on right now -- maroon maryjanes. They are SO worth it. I like the ones with the rubbery bottoms better than the clogs -- I have a bunch of pairs of that type and one clog. I am currently eyeing up a pair of "mandolin" loafers but am searching for the best deal.
I found some really cheap (like $30 cheap) at a Nordstrom Rack if you have that near you.

Seriously, a nice pair of shoes can make a HUGE difference. Definitely worth the price.

That said, I do have my fair share of payless-type shoes but do not wear them on a regular basis. Also, I did get two pairs of supercomfy shoes at Kohl's (hi Kim!) that I wear pretty regularly.

I own six pairs of shoes.

2 pair of plain white sneakers, one of which I don't wear because they have holes in them.

1 pair of plain black dress shoes.

1 pair of "Franciscan sandles", so called because they look like the kind the friars wear--just plain tan leather things.

1 pair of white plastic crocs for the shower.

1 pair of men's boots for when it gets cold.

Yes, I wear men's boots. It is no easy task to find shoes in 10W, and 8 or 9 mens works nicely. I think I'm not a shoe person simply because every "cute" shoe is about 3 sizes too small for my feet.

You mean my worn out Birkenstocks might be the reason for that postpartum shooting hip pain and the leg that gives out??

I thought it was because I'm older than Methuselah.

(But I hope a tad bit cuter. Especially in my pink Steve Madden pumps.)

My pregnant self has noticed an increase in the need for more comfortable shoes, too. I used to not like shoes - only wore practical ones. Then I got a job where I had a ton of disposable income in college and my best friend convinced me there was an art to shoes. I started spending money on shoes, collecting fancy things, etc. I've reverted to my old practical ways both for budget reasons and for foot-health (I broke my foot a few years back and have never been able to tolerate heels long-term since). Eastlands are my favorite shoe investment, though I may look into those Danskos. DH lives in his Birkenstocks and now I've begun to live in my Eastlands and my tennis shoes. :-)

50 pairs Arwen! My jaw dropped. I currently have 6, although I recognize that I am cheap and unstylish. :) I'm just kind of indifferent to shoes, I guess. Ah, well. My husband appreciates it! LOL.

I love my Danskos. Do you know about Dansko Outlet.com? I've had luck there. And Ebay. I bought one pair of very gently worn Dansko Mary Jane clogs for $40 and a brand new pair of closed clogs for $65.

Besides Danskos, NAOT, Birkenstock, Ecco and Camper all make comfortable, supportive and good looking shoes.

I'm almost 18w pregnant and trying to resist buying new shoes since I don't know how swollen my feet with get (esp. the left, complicated by a bad ankle break and two surgical repairs)) and whether or not they'll ever return to pre-pregnancy size.

Danskos are awesome!! I wear them for work (I am a RN on an ortho/neuro floor), I wear them around home, pretty much for everything. And they don't break down like tennis shoes - I've had one pair for over a year, and still in great shape. Great investment overall.

I agree with Christiana- ever since I broke my foot, I haven't been able to tolerate heels for any length of time.

My feet grew half a size when I was pregnant with my daughter and they didn't go back. I'm scared to buy too many shoes because if we have another baby, I might not be able to wear them.

I struggle to find shoes that I consider a) practical and b) comfortable and that match my sense of who I am (no stilettos for me). I have been telling myself that I need to get better insoles for my current pair of shoes, and this post has only reinforced that feeling.

Aw, I have the opposite little kid stride-rite memories. That place was torture - the salesman was MEAN and always managed to convince my mother to buy the ones I liked the least!
I just HATE going to shoe stores too. I need wide width, and seeing a cute shoe that only comes in regular is torture. But I lurve Zappos too! Order in the afternoon - find shoes on doorstep next day - almost instant gratification!

Good supportive shoes (and a properly-fitted bra) are the key to back health for anyone who's ever had a baby.

And I discovered that the most important time to have the supportive shoes is when the ligaments and cartelidge in your pelvis is stiffening back up after delivery. I learned that the hard way by having near constant back pain between #1 and #2.

I read your post... and decided to buy some Danskos because of your recommendation! Ha ha! Thanks. :)

I used to also have a shoe habit, but have gone to the few expensive-but-good variety because of foot problems. I sympathize.

I love Zappos! I've heard so many good things about Danskos, but have yet to purchase a pair for myself.

Ahh the Dansko clogs!! I wear them for work (lots of walking on a hard surface (no carpet)). I used to have a pair of clarks that I thought were great but all of sudden I wasn't able to walk in the morning and my hips and back and everything just HURT. So on the advice of a coworker I bought a pair of Dansko clogs and have not had a problem since!

I also love my Dansko clogs, and I'm wearing them right now. However, I must caution you to be careful when you're wearing them (remember this post? I was especially creeped out to read the commenter who stated, "I fell in Danskos too! The physical therapist said it happens all the time." GAH).

I mean, granted, I'm not going to stop wearing them, but just use caution if you're carrying Milla.

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