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how many shoes should a man have?


Well-known member
Oct 21, 2002
I have over 35 or so pairs of shoes - but I don't wear most of them. Medical people told me to go buy good shoes, and explained the characteristics to look out for. Basically, when the toe part is pressed back, good shoes don't bend from the halfway mark, but from under the ball of the foot mark.

Unfortunately the very good shoes cost around $150 to $300 a pair. So, when I saw Rockport shoes going for $80 instead of $300, I bought 3 pairs. Same with Florsheims. Then, when I saw Niblicks going for $20, $40 or $50 instead $140 or $150, I bought 8 or so pairs.

Then when I saw assorted runners and casual shoes which met the medical criteria going for $10 or $15 at one store's sell out, I bought another 20 or so pairs. At that price, I can afford to actually test and discard shoes that I don't like the feel of after a couple of days. And some which I wound up not liking for casual use, turned out excellent for work use around my big backyard.

I have three slip-on walking shoes specifically for use when on long flights to Europe. And over in Europe I ran into a snag with my Niblicks, they were a bit wide and it's easy to press on the accelerator while braking in their smaller cars. So I've mainly been using Florsheim walkers over there.

Hush Puppy walkers that cost around $120 I used and liked, but for some reason, they kept going quite smelly on me. I threw them out, and haven't bought any since.

I've given away about 15 pairs of shoes that I wound up not liking, about half from before I got the medical advice, and half from the later purchases.

The moral of this sad tale of mine - while you are young you can get away with wearing either average cheap or expensive shoes that look quite classy, but aren't actually very good for your feet. But as you get older, it catches up with you.


New member
Mar 28, 2006
As far as dress shoes are concerned, one doesn't need more than 3 or 4 pair at a minimum, but they must be high quality calf leather or shell cordovan. English shoes are among the best, then Italian. The only real good American shoes are Alden and Allen Edmunds. I probably have about 20 or more pairs of shoes, including sneakers. My dress shoes are Alden, Edward Green, Church's, Foster & Son, Sutor Mantellassi, Fratelli Rosseti, etc.


New member
Aug 22, 2013
How many pairs of underwear and socks should a man have?

Like, honestly... we may as well ask how many spare toothbrushes and sticks of deodorant should a man have... lol


New member
Dec 11, 2013
One actual pair of shoes, the ones I wear for work, and they are Chelsea boots anyway. A pair of brogue boots for winter, a pair of Timberland boots for when the weather is really bad, desert boots for nights out spring summer and autumn, and about 15 pairs of trainers, mostly adidas.

Apart from work I wear jeans all the time, trainers look much better for the establishments I drink in :beer:


New member
Jul 19, 2014
Well it doesn't matter. I do have only three shoes. One formal, one casual and the other one for training


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Basenotes Plus
Nov 2, 2011
Well it doesn't matter. I do have only three shoes. One formal, one casual and the other one for training

Glad to see that the one-legged feel welcome here {awaits anti-unileggist reactionary protestations}.


Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Aug 14, 2009
Take your age, divide by two, then add seven.
Bingo! :)

Hot damn, that actually works!

I was going to say that I think for most guys all in all around 15-20 would be a good overall well rounded wardrobe and somewhere around 25-30 there are probably some bad buys or ones that get neglected in there etc


New member
Dec 9, 2005
I'd say as many as you like.

If you like to be practical and savings-savvy then less is more but always keep one or 2 pairs more than the absolute minimum required for your personal needs in case of "accidents".


New member
Feb 10, 2015
I have 20 pairs :). Mostly for work. I like Neil M, Clarks, and Kickers lines.

Monsieur Montana

New member
Jan 14, 2015
It is a very personal matter. If you like them a lot you should free feel to buy as many as you want.
But the question is if you are going to be able to wear them all and how oft?
Usually we tend to wear a few pairs of shoes and the rest lays somewhere in the closet.


New member
May 19, 2015
3 or so dress shoes
couple pairs of boots
3 or so athletic shoes
Couple closed toe casual croc types for leisure

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