The Shoe Thread

That’s a lot of shoes! I’d love to understand the mindset of owning so many, because quite a few people seem to own as many shoes as any other item of clothing!

I just one pair of boots, 1 pair of sneakers, wellies, and slippers!

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40+ pairs of trainers (some collectable and never worn).
Allbirds are my daily drivers (about six pairs). SO COMFY.
Then formal shoes, running shoes etc.

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What are these actually like?

I’ve heard a lot about them, and from what I gather they seem like a Brit take on Atoms.

These new sneaker players are an interesting bunch, and in many ways remind me of the fintech industry.

They are very comfortable and a great fit - I have slightly wide feet and they fit me great. Like walking on a cloud. Also, just throw them in the washing machine and let them dry and good as new. Pretty sure there are many similar companies but I have not tried their shoes.

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Same! I have slippers, wellies, one pair of running shoes for everyday wear, and one pair of winter boots. Oh, and some dusty work shoes somewhere

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Favorite specific shoe - Adidas 1’s from 2004, which I still wear (dog walks) though they are looking very tired now and slightly more discoloured than in the earlier smart-shoe post:

Favorite brand, tricky but probably between Camper (casual/formal) and Adidas (LA/X_PLR trainers and also the excellent SLVR shoe range) - I’ve owned quite a number of Camper/Adidas shoes and they’ve been great.

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You have actually just sold me on these! They sound great!

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This sounds like a club you’re not allowed to talk about!

I like the variation. New pair, new colour/style.

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Love my Allbirds. Have a pair of the wool runners :ok_hand:

I have two pairs of trainers, a pair of semi-smart boots, my docs, a couple of pairs of smart shoes (one v cheap, one v spen) and then some Birkenstocks.

Edit: I guess some Christmassy fluffy slippers too but I don’t really count those as ‘shoes’.

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For clarity, by smart do you mean formal, or smart like a smart phone?

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Haha formal. Two pairs of black leather shoes for work/formal events.

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I remember being obsessed with shoes as a kid. Before I grew up and embraced minimalism.

I blame all the Clarks adverts on Nickelodeon! And I still have GEOX! The shoe that breathes! engrained into my brain.

The pester power marking of adverts aimed at children was very effective though. You can bet my school shoes were from Clark’s and my trainers were GEOX. Probably had some Sketchers too. And Heelys!

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Who can forget the electronic machines that Clarks had that you put your foot into to be measured?!

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Converse all star for my civilian clothes. At work I have to wear steel toes so I got some no-name SWAT-style boots (my Shit Kickers, I call them) and they’re the most comfortable boots I’ve worn. Plus there’s so much steel in them I get a workout whenever I walk.

(The orange laces were transplanted from some walking boots that didn’t last half as long as the shit kickers)

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Got loads of adidas originals. Hamburgs, München, Spezial, Continental 80s, Bermudas etc in various colour ways. Went through a phase collecting them but got plenty now.

Astorflex are great, like an upgraded version of Clark’s desert boots.

Then some bog standard adidas and Nike trainers i use for dog walking.

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Important clarification before voting: Where do slippers fall on this list

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See comment #3. They’re allowed :tada:

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This could start a whole new thread on how you lace up - I’ve never seen boot done like that. :nerd_face:

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Ah, I carry big sheets of aluminium a lot and often rest them on my foot when opening doors or lifting them on to the printer. The original laces eventually got sliced, so when I re-laced them I made it so the laces stayed inside the tongue recess and were less likely to get sliced.

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