*The most exciting thing about He Said, She Said is wondering if we’ll still be married by the end of each post! We both write on the same topic but only get to read the other’s work after it’s published.*
How many feet do I have?
At least one more pair than they currently own.
What’s more, he says:
How many blood cells a person need? How many eggs can someone carry at one time? If you’d asked me either of these questions instead, I would be just as stumped. And before I met Mrs Romance, I’d have been even more stumped. My shoe collection at that point was a daring total of two: sneakers and black work shoes.
Meanwhile, Mrs R was well into forging the foundations of her collection. When we first started going out, my guess would be her collection was in its teens. Or twenties. Actually, I have no idea. You see, men don’t automatically know about shoes.
Women, on the other hand, seem born with an inherent understanding of footwear. If asked, my mates would announce a man only needs three pairs of shoes: black, brown and sneakers. And the brown option is exactly that: an option.
My shoe collection has since multiplied to gargantuan proportions. Two reasons: I’ve had years of tutorage from Mrs Romance and I’m a hoarder. I’m embarrassed to say my shoe stash has grown to about 15 pairs of rhythms*. But how many pairs do I need? Three… No, four: can’t live without my flip-flops**.
How many pairs does Mrs R need? This cannot be given a quantitative answer; it is beyond numerical limit. A qualitative answer, however? I can do that. The answer: “all awesome.”*Cockney Rhyming Slang for ‘shoes’ as in Rhythm and Blues.
**Flip-flops are also known as ‘thongs’ in Australia, ‘jandles’ in New Zealand and ‘sloppies’ in South Africa and Zimbabwe!
And another thing, she says:
What a loaded question.
I’m no Imelda Marcos. I’m probably more of a bag person than a shoe person, but I do have a fair number of shoes.
Shoes are not just a practical item of clothing that stops your feet from getting dirty, they are a fun accessory that really make a statement.
Didn’t your mother tell you that you could judge a man by his shoes?
Boys, keep your shoes neat and clean; girls notice these details. And another thing, please don’t wear a running shoe with jeans. Oh and to girls in super high platform stilettos, please practise walking in them before you leave the house.
I suppose I’m avoiding talking about the number of shoes a person needs, but this all depends on their lifestyle. As a minimum you need dress shoes, everyday shoes, fun shoes and sports shoes. Plus flip flops for the beach and pretty sandals for the beach bar. And maybe reef shoes. Or snow shoes. See? It all depends where you live and what you do each day.
I stand by my original statement that a person always needs at least one more pair than they currently own. I like to keep my options open. Plus have you seen the latest Marc Jacobs? Want. NEED.