Originally Posted by Quadcammer
yeah, its not a money issue (although I guess it could become one if I was buying dozens of $1k+ shoes), but more a psychological block of "why do I need or want so many"
I think I need to get this last pair and take a 3 month+ hiatus.
I've thought about this issue a fair amount...this was one of the first threads I ever started on SF:
I've come to the conclusion that, given my means, I can afford to spend a fair amount on clothing, and I really enjoy doing it, learning more about it continually (reading books, reading on SF and on too many excellent blogs to list). It's a hobby for me and therefore has a higher reason for being than "need". Barring drastic changes in my body, I could almost certainly not buy a single non-undergarment clothing item for the next 20 years and never be short on something to wear. Yet I currently have 4 bespoke commissions in the works. And I have decided not to feel guilty about it (again, realizing that I can afford these things, care for them properly and derive satisfaction from working with the skilled artisans that create them and wearing them every day), and instead enjoy it as much as I can, and feel lucky and grateful in the process. Grateful both for having the means to engage in this hobby, and having the ability to appreciate these items, in the same way I feel grateful for my sense of hearing and musical abilities when I listen to a transcendent piece of music, or even better, play it myself.