Frank owns three pairs of work shoes: an everyday black pair, and everyday brown pair, and a dressier black pair that he can wear with suits.
His brown pair, oh they have seen better days. We can’t pin it down exactly but we are pretty sure he bought them at least five years ago, maybe six or seven. So we went to the mall yesterday to get him a pair of shoes. We went to DSW Shoe Warehouse. (I do love that store. I wear size 11 shoes, and it ain’t always easy to find shoes in that size. DSW and Nordstrom’s are the only places I have decent luck. Online, too, but online lacks the tactile satisfaction and instant gratification of bricks-and-mortar shoe shopping.)
We found a pair of brown Eccos. Really nice looking, Frank reported they were very comfortable. They were $120 and he scoffed. I explained to him some basic shoe logic — they are an investment of sorts – if wears them for three years, that is only $40 a year. This seemed to thwart his initial knee-jerk OMG reaction and he carried the box with him as he tried on other shoes.
Then I showed him the clearance section in the back, and his eyes lit up. Bargains! He was beside himself with glee. To his credit, he persevered through, and found a clearance pair of Bostonians, which he liked nearly as much as the Eccos, on clearance for $47.
He has seriously needed a new pair of brown shoes for a year. He could have gotten a new pair two years ago. I think he wore the old pair to work today, even though he brought the new ones home yesterday.
He criticizes me for having too many shoes, for having shoes I don’t need. I would argue he has a related affliction — he gets too attached to the shoes he already owns.