Friday Five:

1. What size shoe do you wear?
I wear a 9 1/2 in U.S. ladies’ sizes. I’ve given up on knowing what that equates to in any of the other countries I’ve lived in. I find that if you ask a salesperson, they can usually help you to convert.

2. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Let’s see… Combat boots, knee-high dress boots, clompy black oxfords, neat black dress loafers, navy dress flats (I should throw those out; I never wear them), panda mary janes, fake Birkenstock sandals, two pairs of flip-flops, two pairs of sneakers, and my gym shoes. So that’s twelve. I did have some more in London that I gave up rather than ship (and four of the pairs I have are ones I bought here). That’s really not a lot, considering.

3. What type of shoe do you prefer (boots, sneakers, pumps, etc.)?
For comfort, sneakers or gym shoes all the way.

4. Describe your favorite pair of shoes. Why are they your favorite?
Hmm. I’m gonna go with the pandas, just for the novelty factor. I really wasn’t sure when I bought them, but now I love them to bits. Some random girl e-mailed me saying she’d seen them on this site and – as she was the “world’s biggest panda collector” – she had to have them. Unfortunately judging by the manufacturer’s site it doesn’t appear they make them anymore. (They do make some bitchin’ other ones, though, like the cat mary janes, which I also covet.) I told her that, and she then offered to buy mine. I turned her down. Somehow knowing that I’ve got the only pair anyone has ever seen makes them just a little more special. 🙂

5. What’s the most you’ve spent on one pair of shoes?
It would probably be a toss-up between my black leather knee-high dress boots and my Doc Martens. I bought both pairs in England and I think they were each roughly about seventy quid. That’s about $120 US. Of course, on the other end of the spectrum you have my $3 pair of Kmart flip-flops.


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  1. Sheeeesh. I feel bad. My most expensive were 155quid, which was 3quid more than my full on (can take a flexy crampon, goretex, vibram, dead comfy) walking boots. Then after that there’s the pair of shoes I bought in Sienna for about 250000 Lira, which was about 145quid and only come in cheaper than the the other pair because in Italy Prada (darling) is 1/3 cheaper than here!!

  2. Ps they are dead nice, very comfy too.

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