Haha. That's funny. My wife hates my shoes as well and this would never work with her. She is too analytical.
My wife is used to me brushing shoes as I do it every night and my friends know I shine my shoes so there is no point in her taking a photo of me as it wouldn't really impact me.
Same here. Mine's more of a 'don't ask, don't tell' type deal. Or to be more accurate, 'she asks, and I try to skirt the subject and try to change topics.
My wife is happy that I take care of my shoes and other things so she doesn't care about that. She does ridicule me for having so many shoe horns in the house (I have 2 decent ones and then all the freebie plastic ones Alden gives you).