A Tale of Two Shoes

Posted by Mrs Money on October 1st, 2009

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Let me tell you a story. Last Christmas, when we were up in Michigan visiting my family, my 50 year old uncle had a bag of clothes and miscellaneous items that he was getting rid of. Obviously we are totally into hand-me-downs, so imagine my delight when we received this large garbage bag full of stuff. Even though it was all stuff for my sweet hubby, I was still excited. Hiding at the bottom of the bag was this pair of shoes.

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A lovely pair of dress shoes! Of course, they aren’t perfect, but they are still in good shape. Keep in mind, Mr. Money is a chef, so he really doesn’t dress up. It’s kitchen clogs and chef coats for him every day.

“I don’t think I really need a pair of dress shoes. I think I’ll pass on these.” He said.

“I think you should take them. They’re free, and you never know when you’ll need a pair of dress shoes. Better safe than sorry.” I rebutted.

We ended up taking the shoes. Fast forward to a few days ago when he had to go downtown to some leadership conference for work. Those shoes came in handy.

About 1 PM on the day that he was downtown, he gave me a call to see how my day was going and to fill me in on the event.

“So… I’m in the conference center, walking around looking for something to eat, when I realize I step on a piece of rubber, kick it out of the way, and keep walking. (I’m thinking wtf, why are people just dropping pieces of rubber?) A few feet later I step on another piece of rubber. This time I’m like what the heck? What is going on? Where’s all this rubber coming from?? And then I look down, pick my foot up, and realize that my shoes are literally falling apart as I walk.” Now I’m picturing him wandering downtown barefoot, in a crowd of people. The thought makes me chuckle. Then laugh a little harder. At this point I’m laughing audibly. I’m waiting for him to get mad at me for making him take these shoes.

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“Um, do you think you could bring my chef shoes to work after the conference?”

Of course I obliged, told him to call me when he was on his way, and told him to not throw the shoes away so that I could see them. When I saw them in person I think I laughed harder than when he told me on the phone. Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be too frugal. And sometimes your spouse suffers at the expense of your frugality. :)

Anyone need a pair of shoes?

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4 Responses to “A Tale of Two Shoes”


  1. Kacie says:

    LOL! That’s bananas.

    I think you can take the shoes to a, uh, shoe repair shop, and they’ll re-sole them. Idk what that costs or if it would even be worth it.

    How bizarre though, to have that happen!

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  2. I thought this was hilarious, thanks for sharing!! You should enter it into the Carnival of Money Stories! My son (who hasn’t yet decided whether he’ll be a chef or an IT guy) wants to know about your hubby’s shoes, what brand and kind does he wear? Thanks for sharing about those shoes falling apart, that gave me a much needed chuckle, and I don’t blame you for laughing. Good for Mr. Money for being so sweet about it, too. :-)

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  3. cavewoman says:

    They are a nice frame of shoes. A cobbler is your best friend. I’m always suprised at the things they can fix: shoes, old handbags, sometimes leather coats.

    Who knows? For about $10 it will be like having a new pair of shoes.

    I take my shoes ( all 8 pair) in once a year for weatherproofing, re-stitching (when necessary), re-soling, and buffing (for the suede pair). It makes all of my shoes look new, keeps me out of the shops for new things, and makes my stuff look professional. All 8 pair—-about $40.00 total. So worth it. ( I learned to do this from reading Amy Daczyczyn’s “Tightwad Gazette”.)

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