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My Sneaker Addiction

Last week was my three year anniversary of joining my current job. The job itself is fairly low stress, pays well, and the people I work with have been (mostly) a dream. It’s the same type of work and industry I’ve been in for a long time so the transition was a breeze.  The biggest change, however, was the switch from working in an office to working from home full-time.

There are the obvious perks of the 30 second commute, saving on gas, and more free time.  But I also started saving a lot more  by not buying office-appropriate clothes and paying their necessary dry cleaning bills.  It was so refreshing to be able to walk into a store, pick out clothes, and not have to think, “Wait, can I wear this to work, too?”  I could buy just one set of clothes and they were all what I would wear in my free time.  With all the savings, I was able to buy…

…more expensive versions of my casual clothes.

Of course, I had to buy more casual shoes to match.  What, was I going to wear dress shoes with jeans, shorts, and sweats?  I had to buy sneakers.  In different colors. For different occasions.  Up until two years ago, I had two types – running shoes:

Although I can count on a couple fingers the number times I’ve actually been running in them.

And cross-trainers

I do use these a bunch for tennis, basketball, and fitness classes at the gym.

But really, I couldn’t wear either with jeans without looking like a tourist. All I’d need is a little purple fanny pack to complete the look.  So I picked up these hot ones at the Hugo Boss store in Chicago.

Yes, they’ve seen better days.

Last summer I started to plan for my pilgrimage to Lollapalooza.  With all the walking there, I knew I had to wear something a little more comfortable than flip flops.   But I didn’t want to look like a tool in my running shoes and I didn’t want to trash my Boss sneakers in a mudpit.  So I bought these counterfeit, pleather, pseudo-Pumas at a flea market for $10!!

I couldn’t get them clean again, so now I’m the most stylish gardener in Ann Arbor.

After a while, I started thinking that my Boss sneakers were a little too skinny, flat, and definitely too white.  So after months of searching, I found my perfect “going out and drinking with the guys” shoes:

Gray suede Adidas Stan Smiths

But… they don’t go well with  everything.  So I had to get these:

Comfy, too.

As you can probably tell, I have a problem.   But the important thing was that I myself know that I have too many.  So six weeks ago I vowed that I would not buy any more.  And I was pretty good with that promise for about a month.  That’s when I saw these golf shoes:

How frickin’ sweet are these? Hell yeah, I was going to buy them.

But that’s it.  No more.  I refuse to live up to my heritage and be a shoe hoarder like some other famous Filipino.  I’m going to save my money and buy more wine, beer, or my kids’ college education.

Seriously, that’s IT!

Except these, which I bought with a Nordstrom’s gift card that Boom Boom let out of her sight momentarily.

Technically, I’m not spending my money.

Do I have a problem? What would you do if you were in my – ahem – shoes?  Anyone else addicted?

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15 comments on “My Sneaker Addiction

  1. Cheryl
    July 10, 2012

    I have a similar situation, only mine involves sandals……especially If they’re on sale! The way I see it – you’re screwed. You might need a bigger closet!

  2. the drunken cyclist
    July 10, 2012

    Unfortunately, I think I have you covered on the shoes. It was only relatively recently that the number of shoes I own was surpassed by the number of bottles of wine that I have in the cellar!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      July 10, 2012

      Haha… These are just my sneakers, I still have flip flops, dress shoes, and a pair of cycling shoes to contend with. But it doesn’t sound like I’d hit your numbers. If I compare to my cellar, I’m at no risk of coming near # of wine bottles. Even with our current wine bender we’re going on…

  3. Anonymous
    July 10, 2012

    Seems like we have similar style.

    I can’t stand high top sneakers though.None of the ones you featured seemed to be high top.

  4. Socialkenny PUA
    July 10, 2012

    Seems like we have similar style.
    I can’t stand high top sneakers
    though.None of the ones you
    featured seemed to be high top.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      July 11, 2012

      Yeah, they never did look good on me because I have short legs. And I didn’t think they were comfortable.

  5. lauragrai
    July 11, 2012

    And people always give women grief about shoe shopping! BTW, those Nike golf shoes are amazing.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      July 18, 2012

      Hmmm – this showed up as Spam. Thanks, I’m all for challenging gender roles!!! Have gotten huge compliments on the golf shoes. AND I’ve been playing better. It must be the shoes. (to quote Mars Blackmon)

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  7. Kayla Hoffman
    July 23, 2012

    oh! you weren’t kidding! Welcome to the group of “shoe obsessed.”

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  9. the winegetter
    July 25, 2012

    You had me laughing like three or four times. Minimum!

  10. winopants
    February 13, 2013

    Hey FWH, the boyfriend picked up a pair of these in the white/blue/black color: http://www.zappos.com/merrell-bare-access-2
    He has since declared them to be the best shoe ever 🙂

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