I Believe In Shoes

Seth - Richmond, Kentucky
Entered on December 6, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30

Have you ever had an addiction? It seems people spend much money and time on their addictions. In some cases, people are addicted to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, sex and even television shows buy my addiction is a little different than most. I am addicted to shoes. That’s right, tennis shoes. I believe that Nike Air Jordan’s and Nike Air Force One’s are the best shoes a person can buy; I wear my tennis shoes year round for all sorts of occasions. I wear them to church, school, for playing sports, and even to dances.

From a young age I always had a passion for tennis shoes. There is a picture of my older sister and me when I was just big enough to wear shoes and I was wearing the Nike Air Jordan. I remember this picture with great detail because I’m such a shoe freak now. The shoe was mostly black with silver accents on the bottom and sides. My mother is the one who picked out the shoes that I wore when I was a baby so I didn’t really know that Jordan’s were the cool shoes to wear and frankly I didn’t care. When I was four years old I developed my passion for shoes. I bought my first pair of Nike Air Jordan’s that I picked out. The Jordan VIII. I remember the black based with aqua and bright concord yellow shoe. The VIII had a strap that ran across the top of the shoes and velcroed to the side. I remember this shoe so well because my mother always reminds me of that day when we were at the mall shopping and I picked them out. My mother tells me “Seth you are probably the only four year old who has ever loved shoes and picked out their own pair”. During the early nineties straps were popular on tennis shoes. I also remember a pair of matching Fila tennis shoes that my father and I both bought. When I had the same Fila tennis shoes as my grown, strong, successful and powerful father it made me feel like I was a step closer to being just like him. Being like my father was my main goal when I was a younger child. Since that pair of matching shoes that my father and I owned, I have been collecting shoes.

My shoe collection has increased and decreased throughout the years. I have been forced to throw away many pairs of shoes because of wear and tear that I have put on them from being worn and my foot growing. I am not like most collectors, I don’t buy something and put it away to save, I wear every pair of shoes that I own minus one pair. A pair of Nike Air Force One’s, The “Nike Air Force One Year of the Horse Edition”. The shoe is unique because it has the Chinese symbol for horse on the tongue of the shoe and on the upper part of the heel collar. This shoe is based on Chinese astrology. The horse represents people who are skillful with money, cheerful, talkative, hot tempered, and have a weakness for people of the opposite sex (Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco). I am a person with all of these traits. The shoe was limited in production; only 2004 pairs were released in the United States. I wore this shoe only one time and as soon as I took it off, I cleaned it and stored it away. I paid five hundred dollars for the tennis shoe when I was in the eighth grade and today it is worth over eight hundred dollars.

During my middle school years my shoe collection hit its peak. This is the time I started collecting Nike Air Force One’s. While I was in middle school my family was financially doing well and we had money to spend so my mother would spoil me with shoes. When I was in the eighth grade I bought at least two new pairs of shoes a month. To this day, I have shoes in my collection that look almost new from my eighth grade year.

My shoe collection today consists mostly of Nike Air Force One’s. I have stopped counting how many pairs of shoes that I own because it’s too hard trying to keep track of how many I have since some of the shoes are at my dorm and then the rest of them are at my house. My campus collection consists of about twenty pair of Air Force One’s and about 15 pairs of Air Jordan’s. In my dorm room I have a Rubbermaid cabinet that I put all of my Air Force One’s and Air Jordan’s into. The cabinet has a lock on it because I take pride and am very protective over my shoe collection. Since I have been in college, I have only bought eight pairs of shoes because I am trying to manage my money better and save as much as I can. Occasionally, I can persuade my mother or sister to buy me a pair but every time I bring a new pair of shoes home or ask for some money to buy some new shoes I always hear the same thing from my mother: “Seth Alexander Johnson you do not need another pair of tennis shoes. You are worse than a girl. You have more shoes than me and your sister put together.” One day my mother will learn that all of my shoes will be worth double of what I pay for them if I keep them in good shape.

As I walk around I see people who have a month old pair of shoes on that look horrible. It is simple to make a shoe last and keep them in good shape. You can tell information of a person by their shoes. If a person has dirty shoes then they are more likely not to care about their belongings or take care of the stuff they own. Shoes are an important part in every persons like. Without shoes people wouldn’t be able to walk the places we do, our feet wouldn’t be as warm as they are. Three simple steps: will guarantee your shoes are carefully intact. First people should watch where they walk, try to stay out of mud and grass areas if possible. Secondly people should wipe their shoes off every couple days, and the final step is put the shoes back in the box. I clean all of my good shoes after I wear them and place them all back in the boxes. This process has made my shoe collection large because I rarely have to throw away of my shoes. They stay clean and undamaged.

Shoes have been an important part of my life from a very young age. In some sense, my shoes have given me personality, make me unique, and stand out from others. I will continue to collect shoes for the rest of my life, I am sure as I grow older and as the fashion trends change I will have a vast variety of shoes rather than just Air Jordan’s and Nike Air Force One’s. Even though styles and times change it will never stop me from believing in shoes.