Originally Posted by Metlin
There seems to be a bit of misunderstanding in terms of what I meant by my original statement. I did not intend for it to be condescending -- I was merely curious as to why people would buy things they don't intend to use.
For the past few years, I've had a foot injury which prevented me from wearing good dress shoes (I had to make do with dainite soles and custom orthotics). So, I had a collection of great shoes that I could not really wear, that just sat around in my closet unused.
However, now, I can wear pretty much any shoe. And after having some geat shoes sit in my closet for the past few years unused, I do not see the point in not wearing them. Yes, they will get scuffed. Yes, they will get beaten up. Worn. Wet. And perhaps even damaged. But so what? After all, they are just shoes. Besides, I have other shoes, and there will always be new shoes to buy.
It has nothing to do with how many shoes (or suits, ties, watches) that you have. It's just a shift in mentality of buying something you do not intend to wear or use. I buy shoes because I will wear them, not because I wish to collect them.
There is no misunderstanding; you merely made a false generalization ("i save this pair of shoes for certain occasions" = "i bought something i don't intend to use") and just now you repeated it again... several times in one post, in fact.
If you really wish to understand, then give your post some thought and try to see this as less of a black-and-white issue than you are describing it to be.
Some people buy expensive things and put them in a locked box.
Some people buy expensive things and use them with absolutely zero regard for their suitability or the damage they may sustain.
The vast majority of us exist somewhere between the two extremes, and I don't think one person is any worse than the other for choosing to stand somewhere else on that spectrum than you or I would. I think that if you understand the idea that things can have situational use, then you will understand why the OP and others do not regard the idea of beater shoes as some horrific sin. (If you cannot understand this, then by all means wear your most expensive shoes in the worst possible environs for fear of being branded "someone who buys things he/she doesn't intend to use")