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audog

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Different colors don't count as duplicate. I'd say only look at how many you have in same style and same color.

I've been trying to justify to myself that I need color 8 Barrie lasted jumper w/ reverse welt since it's different than my color 8 Grant lasted jumper with flat welt. Not there yet but working on myself.
Once you cross the threshold of "Its a different last/welt/oh this one has foxing........" it's a slippery slope.
 

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Once you cross the threshold of "Its a different last/welt/oh this one has foxing........" it's a slippery slope.
Jumpers are just your jam. What style do you own the most of? Mine is the LWB.
 

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Jumpers on Barrie, those are the most plentiful in the closet....color 8, black shell, black calf, .......its a bit insane.
I’m on the rule of thumb. As long as it still brings you joy and you’re not stressing to find use for it or wear. I personally cap around 5-8 of a particular maker/design. But I also have an extensive collection and I tend to buy the same model in different leathers - because I’m an emotional dresser and collector. I also find a lot of joy just looking at the possible options I have.
 

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I’m on the rule of thumb. As long as it still brings you joy and you’re not stressing to find use for it or wear. I personally cap around 5-8 of a particular maker/design. But I also have an extensive collection and I tend to buy the same model in different leathers - because I’m an emotional dresser and collector. I also find a lot of joy just looking at the possible options I have.
I totally understand, often I dress according to which pair of footwear is "speaking" to me in the morning. I thought I was the only one.
 

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Different strokes for different folks. I’m fairly new into quality shoes, with about 15 pairs split pretty evenly between boots and shoes, and quality brands like Alden, Viberg, grant stone, etc and I looked at my closet this morning and had to admit I’m years from needing to even think about resoles because I have so many. I find myself looking at a possible shoe/boot and feeling like if it’s too similar I have a harder time justifying it.

I also tend to think about opportunity cost: if I have color 8 cap toe boots, would I rather have color 8 plain toe boots or some new hertling wool trousers or a fine linen blazer?

Then again, of my 15ish shoes, 4 are LWBs so what do I know 😂 Buy things that bring you happiness.
 

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