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Shoes For all Occasions

Updated on October 3, 2008

Saturday Market

Shoes For Every Occasion

Everybody wears them, from the cradle to the grave, we wear them in every day life, we wear them for work, we wear them for special occasions, shoes are a big part of all of our lives and the shoes that we wear become a part of who we are.

When I was 12 years old to make a little extra pocket money, I went to the local Saturday market in my home town, and asked a few of the stall holders if they were looking for any help, after a few failures I was starting to get down hearted when I asked a chap who had just arrived in his van, I was overjoyed when he said yes and I started my first ever job.

From that first day every Saturday in the sunshine, rain, wind and snow and that was on a good day, I helped to build the stall, put on the weather covering, set out the stock to sell and when all was set up, I became a salesman, selling shoes from 9-5 to the thousands of people who came to the market week in week out. The shoes sold well and the stall holder and I became good friends, after a couple of weeks working for him he asked my parents if I could go to Glasgow with him every Sunday and help him there too.

At 12 years old I was earning £20.00 a week almost $40.00 which was a lot of money back then.

Almost a year ago my life turned full circle, I started a new job in a shoe warehouse that distributes shoes to a chain of stores all over the UK.

Just Shoes

Then And Now

When I was 12 years old people only bought shoes when they needed them, if their shoes became worn out, or if their feet grew too big for their shoes, shoes for work or for the children going to school for a new term, shoes were practical and made to last.

29 Years later and shoes have come into a world of their own; peoples shopping habits have changed dramatically.

Shoes are now a fashion accessory to match any outfit, the average person in the UK now owns around 20-25 pairs of shoes at any one time and practicality is low on the list of priorities when we buy a new pair.

The shoes that we wear today or any other day for that matter can depend on the outfit we are wearing, where we are going or even what mood we are in that day, we have shoes for every occasion and shoes to suit every day to day situation in which we are involved.

Some people are known to own more pairs of shoes that there are days in the year and other people who are known to only wear a pair of shoes once then throw them out in the trash.

Shoes are big business these days and people would opt for a big named designer shoe before thinking about comfort or practicality.

$2Million and these shoes can be yours

Cinderella Slippers (pictured >>>>>>>>>>>)

In 2004 singer Alison Krauss, was nominated for an Oscar for best song in the film "Cold Mountain", her appearance at the event caused a stir amongst the onlookers and the press, when she turned up wearing the Cinderella slippers designed by Stuart Weitzman, The $2million dollar 4½-inch stiletto sandals are studded with 565 platinum-set Kwiat diamonds including 55 carats of clear diamonds and one big 5-carat stone.

The Marikina City Footwear Museum

Imelda Marcos

When you think the former First Lady in the Philippines Imelda Marcos, the first thing that springs into your head is shoes,

During her time as first lady, Mrs Marcos was famed for travelling the world to buy new shoes at a time when millions of Filipinos were living in extreme poverty.

President Marcos' successor, Corazon Aquino, ordered many of Mrs Marcos' shoes to be put on display as a demonstration of her extravagance

It was believed that she personally owned over 3000 pairs of shoes, The Marikina City Footwear Museum in Manila contains hundreds of pairs of shoes, many of them found in the presidential palace when Imelda and her husband, President Ferdinand Marcos, fled the Philippines in 1986.


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    • 2patricias profile image

      2patricias 9 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Good hub - ranges from the personal to the general experience of shoes. Guess everybody (at least female) has a shoe story.

    • 02SmithA profile image

      02SmithA 9 years ago from Ohio

      Wow, $2 million for Cinderella slippers huh? Goodness. Nice hub!

    • desert blondie profile image

      desert blondie 9 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen! It's a good thing I don't have very much storage space in my closet or I would definitely have more of them!

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      What a good story about early worklife with a good boss! I should have been born in the UK...But,

      Amazing! I know people that buy shoes and never wear them - just to look at. One young man I knew persuaded his parents ro purchase three pairs of $200 athletic type foot wear and he outgrew them before two of the pairs ever touched his feet. The it became a game with him to see how many realtives he could talk into buying how many of these shoes for him. lol I hope he donated them somewhere.