My 3 year old said to me yesterday “daddy, you have millions of shoes”. For the record his estimation is a little on the high side.
I wondered where this had come from, so asked my wife whether anything had been said earlier in the day, and she recounted the following story:
3 year old, to wife: Mommy, why did Daddy buy new shoes?
Wife: He wanted to try them.
3 year old: Well, what about those blue shoes and those and those and those?
Wife: Well, Daddy just wanted to try new things.
3 year old: Daddy has lots of shoes. He has more shoes than anyone in our family.
3 year old, standing over the running shoes looking down at them turning his head from left to right then holds his arms out really wide: He has millions of shoes!
After a short pause: When I’m bigger maybe I can have lots of shoes.
I’ve been thinking about posting a picture of all my shoes for the last couple of weeks, but was waiting until my latest pair arrived, and in the meantime another blogger, Vegetarianbarefootrunner, posted hers (so at least one person beat me to it). I’m glad I waited otherwise I wouldn’t have had the story of my 3 year old’s conversation with my wife.
Here are my running shoes:
Top Row, left to right: Vibram Bikila (my first minimalist shoe), Vibram Bikila LS, Saucony Kilkenny XC4 (not barefoot shoes, but they are flats – I haven’t run much in these at all), Another pair of the Bikila LS.
Middle: New Balance Minimus Road Zero, Merrell Trail Glove (these are a bit worn now but still doing ok).
Bottom, left to right (my newest shoes): New Balance Minimus Road Zero (again), New Balance Minimus Road 10 (I only use these jogging to the gym, and at the gym), Vivobarefoot Neo Trail (haven’t even tried these yet – planning to run a trail President’s Day), Newton Running Distance (see my last post about my first run in these).
Now, I’ve also gone minimalist on every other type of shoe I wear daily, so here are those shoes:
Top, left to right: Vivobarefoot Dharma, Vivobarefoot Evo II (these are a running shoe, but I used them for casual wear – at the time I was running in the Vibram Bikila), Vivobarefoot Off Road Mid
Middle: Vibram KSO, Vivobarefoot Achilles
Bottom, left to right: Vivobarefoot Ra (Red-Brown), Vivobarefoot Dharma (again – the other pair are looking a bit worn), Vivobarefoot Ra (Black)
Vivobarefoot definitely has the biggest selection of non-running barefoot shoes (not sure there’s anyone else making anything close to a formal work shoe like they do), and they often have discount codes, so that helps.
I think I have enough shoes for now, but if I see some on sale I can’t be held responsible for my actions.
Do you have enough shoes?