Thank-you for your responses to “How many shoes do you own?”

It’s an interesting exercise to actually go and count. Just as a point of reference . . . most sources in the U.S. state that the average female owns between 20 and 27 pairs of shoes. The average male? 3. No male in our response said they had only 3 pairs.

Ummm, I have a confession to make–I own 32 pair! When I counted my golf shoes, flip flops and went through all of my closets it became more and more embarassing. I found shoes I didn’t even know I had! The crazy thing . . . I received two new pair for Christmas.

Why do most of us have more shoes than we need? In a nutshell: We are consumers. We are programmed to purchase–even things we don’t need–especially things we don’t need.

What do we do about it? Well, it’s up to each of us as individuals. I plan on making a deposit to Good Will Industries. I also plan to stop buying new shoes simply because a marketing complex tells me my old ones (which are perfectly fine) are no longer fine.

What will you do?