Thanks for all the feedback on my super long post about PTB's and my used shell projects, guys.
I too had some pretty bad "dress" shoe choices for several years as a young lawyer before I recently got into this shoe obsession. I thought it might be fun if some of you with similar stories (like the Ecco recovery group comment, above) posted a pic of past indiscretions. I have gotten rid of all but two of my old shoes, both super comfortable Rockports, one in dark brown, one in black. Around Christmas of last year, I wore the dark brown ones to Mobile to visit family. I actually packed nice clothes (a first) including some of my new slacks, button downs, ties, and a sport coat, all appropriately fit and tailored, but I wore the old Rockports, because I didn't want to worry about ruining my nice shoes or because of comfort concerns (I can't remember what I was thinking).
That was the last time I have worn the Rockports. I couldn't get past the mental discomfort.
Without further ado, I present: Anti-Shoe-Porn, or Shoe Pornuglify (trademark)