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The correct number of shoes to own:

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1 pair
  2030 votes / 5%
2-3 pairs of the same kind
  1716 votes / 4%
2-3 pairs of different varieties
  17476 votes / 46%
4-9 pairs of the same kind
  844 votes / 2%
4-9 pairs of different varieties
  11202 votes / 30%
10 or more pairs of the same kind
160 votes / 0%
10 or more pairs of different varieties
  1792 votes / 4%
Shoes are pushed on us by greedy capitalists!
  1976 votes / 5%
37196 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
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  • Re:It's easy for men (Score:5, Informative)

    by FeatherBoa (469218) on Friday February 24, 2012 @10:00AM (#39146563)

    I'm not Imelda Marcos, but I think I lost count at 12..

    How about snowboard and ski boots?
    Ice Skates?
    Water shoes?

    I live where we get weather, so boots means a pair of very warm boots for winter/snow, plus a pair or rubber boots. I happen to own hip-waders too.

    Then I have everyday shoes, and an old pair that I wear in the workshop.

    Work boots -- with steel toe and all that. Hiking boots since the work boots are a bit too heavy for long walks.

    And dress shoes.

    At the moment I also happen to have a walking cast, since I broke my foot. But that's not a pair.

  • Re:Missing option! (Score:5, Informative)

    by arth1 (260657) on Friday February 24, 2012 @10:40AM (#39147119) Homepage Journal

    I don't have feet, you insensitive clod!

    Fair enough. So how many and what kind of wheels do you have?
    I got by with five pairs of wheels - a collapsible outdoor chair and a rigid frame superlight chair with two sets of front wheels - indoor/dancing only and indoor / light outdoor.

  • Re:It's easy for men (Score:5, Informative)

    by GiMP (10923) on Friday February 24, 2012 @10:51AM (#39147295)

    Alternating two shoes daily is proven to increase the usable life of those shoes in relative terms. Many advocate having at least a 3 pair rotation.

    Shoes need time to remove moisture. Not only does moisture promote the growth of bacteria, but it directly damages the leather. Good shoes should be rotated, never worn two days in a row, and have cedar trees inserted. This will protect the leather and the shoe.

    After 3 years, your well-maintained shoes should get resoled...

  • Re:It's easy for men (Score:5, Informative)

    by ottothecow (600101) on Friday February 24, 2012 @12:54PM (#39148965) Homepage
    This is correct. There is an obscene amount of sweat that comes from your feet into your shoes every day. Leather shoes should really not be worn on consecutive days if you can avoid it (we are talking dress shoes here, athletic sneakers are different and while the same principle applies, they also tend to be designed to breathe and try fast and be disposed of when they wear out).

    There is nothing stopping you from wearing them again if you have to, but to ensure longevity, I would say you could easily get 50% or more additional life by allowing the shoes to dry (cedar shoe trees are also helpful). Of course, the first bit that wears out is going to be the sole in 99% of situations so unless you have already figured out how to go visit your local cobbler when the sole wears out (or rather if you haven't forgotten since that is what everyone did in the past), then rotating shoes will probably not benefit you at all since the sole will wear out and you will throw them away.

    Of course this is slashdot where people think that having anything more than a pair of brown and a pair of black shoes is overkill...might as well go the full steve jobs and wear the exact same shirt and pants every day too (ok, fine, your closet can contain both white AND light blue shirts but no stripes or no checks or no greens because what is this a fashion website? what a waste.)

  • Re:It's easy for men (Score:3, Informative)

    by somarilnos (2532726) on Friday February 24, 2012 @05:22PM (#39152851)
    Actually, putting the new tires on the back, even in a front-wheel drive vehicle, is the safest way to go. [] Given, it will also mean that you'll likely have to replace two tires sooner than if you had put them on the front. But, in theory, if you had put them on the front, your next trip to buy tires will mean you'll have to get 4. Also, a significant portion of the performance/luxury vehicles still are made with rear-wheel drive.

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