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With shoes you can’t lose

It might be cliche to admit this, but I adore shoes. In fact, I first started Well Heeled Blog as a lifestyle and fashion blog devoted mainly to, you guessed, shoes. If you are a shoe-lover like I am, or if you just wonder HOW can people have so many pairs, check out this documentary, “God Save My Shoes.” The film follows several women in their love affairs with high heels and incorporates interviews with shoemakers and fashion folks. If you don’t have the time to watch this, New York Times also provides a summary.

Take the shoe survey!

(I’d love to learn more about you and your shoes, so I thought of 5 simple questions.)

  1. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  2. The most expensive pair of shoes you have ever purchased cost….? 

  3. Would you take $500 or a pair of Louboutins? 

  4. If your house was burning and you could only save ONE pair of shoes, which would it be (assume that your family, laptop, photos, pets, etc. are all safe)?

  5. What was your most recent shoe purchase? 

My answers:

  1. I have around 20 pairs of shoes, including 5 pairs of boots, 4 pairs of black pumps, several suede platforms, and a few delicate strapped sandals.
  2. The most expensive pair of shoes that I have ever purchased was almost $300 – a pair of gorgeous red and black tango heels that I splurged on during a period of unemployment. I think I blocked it out of my memory because it was so painful and irresponsible (to spend $300! On tango shoes! While I was laid off!). But I spent many, many happy hours swirling in those babies – and I eventually found a job – so I’d have to say they were worth it.
  3. I’d take the $500 because then I could buy FIVE pairs of shoes with the $500 instead of one pair of Louboutins.
  4. As to the shoes I’d save, it’d have to be a pair of Rockport dress boots – Rockport boots are so comfortable that I can walk in them for hours.
  5. My most recent purchase were these snakeskin block heels during a 30% off sale.  Love them and I can’t wait to wear them.

hat tip to Single Ma for introducing me to the documentary

 

  • MindLess - 1. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

    I guess around 23, but I really need to get rid of at least three pairs which didn't survive the winter. Do sports shoes count as well? Than make that number 25 pairs.

    2. The most expensive pair of shoes you have ever purchased cost….?

    Those were New Rock boots which I bought for 130 Euros (which is half off the original price).

    3. Would you take $500 or a pair of Louboutins?

    Definetively the $500. Which I wouldn't spend on shoes but on traveling!

    4. If your house was burning and you could only save ONE pair of shoes, which would it be (assume that your family, laptop, photos, pets, etc. are all safe)?

    Said pair of boots. I love them, they are comfy and I will never get them for the same price again!

    5. What was your most recent shoe purchase?

    Black leather witch boots, which look slightly victorian. Those will be worn under historical costumes…ReplyCancel

    • Mochi & Macarons - I like that — spending $500 on TRAVELING!!! :)

      $500 is worth more to me than Louboutins, because they're pretty uncomfortable. ReplyCancel

  • Jenny@FrugalGuru - 1. Less than 10.

    2. $160–Latin-style ballroom dance shoes are hideously expensive! For regular wearing, though, probably $65. My pack boots were around $100.

    3. $500. No questions. :)

    4. My pack boots–my most expensive shoes that AREN'T worn out.

    5. Ummmmmmmm…. Thrift store boots ($6) and shores ($3). :) I love it when other people break in shoes for me–I have "problem feet," partly due to dancing.ReplyCancel

    • Well Heeled Blog - Dance shoes are expensive, aren\’t they? What kind of ballroom do you do? I love the Viennese Waltz, the Foxtrot, and the Two-Step. ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ Love Bites - This is brilliant!
    1. I'm scared to count…there would be at least 20 pairs of heels, 6 pairs of boots, many flats, and my gym shoes. Let's not put a number on love now….
    2. The most expensive shoes were a $200 pair for a friend's wedding…and I didn't even like them all that much!
    3. I would take the Louboutins…it's my life goal to own a pair! I can make $500 any old time…
    4. My brown wedge boots – I LOVE these babies, they are so comfy, and I have never ever seen another pair quite as perfect. I just spent $75 on getting them repaired when they only cost me $40 in the first place!
    5. Gorgeous mint green heels with an ankle strap – but I had to send them back because they were too small. That's what you get for online ordering! ReplyCancel

  • Jane - 1. How many pairs of shoes do you own? Probably close to 45 pairs, 6 of those are for work (my job requires special footwear)
    The most expensive pair of shoes you have ever purchased cost….? Just ordered my first pair of Louboutin's to the tune of $625
    Would you take $500 or a pair of Louboutins? I would take the $500 and put it in savings
    If your house was burning and you could only save ONE pair of shoes, which would it be (assume that your family, laptop, photos, pets, etc. are all safe)? Probably the new Loubies, otherwise it would be my everyday work boots so I could go to work.
    What was your most recent shoe purchase? The Loubies, I haven't bought any new shoes in over a year. ReplyCancel

  • Mochi & Macarons - How many pairs of shoes do you own?
    11 pairs of shoes, sandals and boots. Need 1 more pair just for winter.

    The most expensive pair of shoes you have ever purchased cost….? </b?

    Hiking boots at $400. Ironically, the most expensive branded pair are my thrifted Manolo Blahniks I bought for $60 (one of the cheapest pairs I own).

    Would you take $500 or a pair of Louboutins?
    $500. Louboutins are uncomfortable.

    If your house was burning and you could only save ONE pair of shoes, which would it be (assume that your family, laptop, photos, pets, etc. are all safe)?

    Thrifted Manolo Blahniks.

    What was your most recent shoe purchase?

    Aigle rainboots at $165.
    http://www.savespendsplurge.com/2013/04/14/march-
    ReplyCancel

    • Jane - I have a pair of Cole Haan boots that I bought for $50. They were marked down from $400. I love a good deal, just wish the heel was lower so I could wear them more. ReplyCancel

  • Leah - 1. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
    ~12 if you count athletic shoes

    2.The most expensive pair of shoes you have ever purchased cost?
    $130–my newest running shoes with inserts. Luckily, I had a $50 gift certificate to cover SOME of the cost!

    3.Would you take $500 or a pair of Louboutins?
    $500. Easy.

    4.If your house was burning and you could only save ONE pair of shoes, which would it be (assume that your family, laptop, photos, pets, etc. are all safe)?
    My leopard print Sperry ballet flats. I wear them darn near every day for work, play, etc.

    5.What was your most recent shoe purchase?
    A pair of black pumps from Target. I had to get them as a last-minute purchase when I learned that a bachelorette party I was attending would be more dressed up than I originally thought!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal @ PET - 1. How many pairs of shoes do you own? Eight I think.

    2.The most expensive pair of shoes you have ever purchased cost? $65 for a great pair of amazing boots in high school.

    3.Would you take $500 or a pair of Louboutins? $500.

    4.If your house was burning and you could only save ONE pair of shoes, which would it be (assume that your family, laptop, photos, pets, etc. are all safe)? Probably the $50 close-toed, platform dress shoes that my husband bought me last Christmas. They are the most expensive shoes I own right now.

    5.What was your most recent shoe purchase?
    Since my husband bought those platform ones and I borrowed the dressier shoes I own, my last shoe purchase was last September for the $20 sandals I wore to the Financial Blogger Conference. ReplyCancel

  • Daisy - 1. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
    30ish?
    2.The most expensive pair of shoes you have ever purchased cost?
    $350 for knee high black leather Stuart Weitzman boots.
    3.Would you take $500 or a pair of Louboutins?
    Tough one. I have never tried on Loubotins because I was afraid I'd fall in love but it sounds like they aren't even comfortable so probably the $500. I have to say, I did try on one pair of Manolo's once and they felt like butter on my feet. From that point forward, I promised I wouldn't try on nice shoes unless I could afford them.
    4.If your house was burning and you could only save ONE pair of shoes, which would it be (assume that your family, laptop, photos, pets, etc. are all safe)?
    A pair of knee high Ecco deep red wine colored riding style boots. I have big calf muscles and it is impossible to find boots that will fit these, but these fit perfectly and are very comfortable.
    5.What was your most recent shoe purchase?
    Tory Burch black sandals ReplyCancel

  • JW_Umbrella Treasury - I love this post! My mother used to call me Imelda Marcos because I loved shoes so much (and this goes back to as young as three!)

    1. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
    A lot. Like 75? (Many were gifts, which makes it a little better, I guess)

    2. The most expensive pair of shoes you have ever purchased cost:
    $225. They were an awesome pair of Tiffany blue Kate Spade pumps. They were my wedding shoes.

    3. Would you take $500 or a pair of Louboutins?
    Hmm…see, if I were to buy a pair of Louboutins, they would cost more than $500. So, I think I'll be the first person here to say that I would take the shoes!

    4. If your house was burning and you could only save ONE pair of shoes, which would it be (assume that your family, laptop, photos, pets, etc. are all safe)?
    My wedding shoes : )

    5. What was your most recent shoe purchase?
    A pair of sequined pointy-toed flats. They were perfect for all the winter holiday parties. ReplyCancel

    • Well Heeled Blog - Yay for Team Louboutins! :-) Your wedding shoes sound beautiful – I love the trend of colored shoes on your wedding. Mine were pink. ReplyCancel

  • Ms. D - 1. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

    About 10.

    2. The most expensive pair of shoes you have ever purchased cost….?

    200-ish

    3. Would you take $500 or a pair of Louboutins?

    Definitely the cash.

    4. If your house was burning and you could only save ONE pair of shoes, which would it be (assume that your family, laptop, photos, pets, etc. are all safe)?

    I want to say my lovely red heels. But I'll probably grab my orange ballet flats.

    5. What was your most recent shoe purchase?

    It's been so loooong. A year ago, my running shoes. Technically, my newest shoes were purchased by the SO (who insisted to grabbing my (current) favorite orange flats. ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Thanks for posting the documentary. I loved it!
    1. Umm, including athletic shoes about 20.
    2. Most expensive are my Stuart Wietzman 50/50 boot. About $600 and worth every penny. I've worn them over 100 times. I've worn them for 2 fall/winters and still love them.
    3. I'll take the $500 now. Maybe Louboutins someday but I need the case more today.
    4. Is it winter or summer? Assuming the fire was today (May) I'd take my black ballet flats – Tieks. They slip on so I can run quickly and they're comfortable and versatile.
    5. I just bought another pair of Tieks ballet flats in camel. Great to wear to work. ReplyCancel

  • Tanya - 1. 120 -130
    2. $240 (mark-down from $1,200)
    3. Louboutins of course
    4. Navy patent stilettos
    5. Mint green pointy toe pumps for $28ReplyCancel

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