Wednesday, November 02, 2011


In our house, we have what we call the "two shoe rule." That is, we (my husband and I) are each allowed two pairs of shoes on the downstairs shoe rack. The rack, which currently lives in our as-yet-unfinished mudroom, looks like this:

And, as you may have guessed, not a single pair of shoes in that photo belongs to my husband. Further, I count a total of seven pairs of running shoes. Seven! Plus one single.

I'm really not certain how this state came to be. 80% of my mileage can be attributed to only two of those pairs of shoes, and another two pairs I certainly haven't worn for at least six months.

But has anyone called me out on breaking the two shoe rule? Not once. Not even a peep.

In addition, he made creative use of the situation ...

with a X-Talon door stop through the construction zone (accounting for the single on the shoe rack).

There's a whole lot to be said for flexibility in a partner.

So, ... yeah. Sorry, sweetie.


  1. Haha! That looks very similar to our back door area...except we have 3 racks. :-)

  2. Ha! I love it! We have a de facto two shoe rule in our entry hall...summers bring out much breakage of the rule. But winters, not so much for some reason.

  3. Nice to see the Soft Stars on there! :) And how do you have more shoes than me? You need to find some similar-sized friends who don't mind hand-me-downs - trust me, they'll love you for it.

  4. Really funny. Love the new blog format, BTW.

  5. Whoa, it looks different and beautiful here!

    Cute. Andrew IS the best!

  6. Sarah - 3 racks? Okay, I feel better now! :)

    Paige - funny, we break it worse in the winter. Uh ... usually. Okay, maybe I break it all the time I guess. Heh.

    Donald - Told you the mocs were in the rotation. Love 'em. Although, just fyi, they let snow in the sides. But otherwise - Awesome! And I'm calling BS on you having less than 7 pairs of running shoes. No way.

    Hank and Meghan - Thanks for commenting on the new format/design. Still a work in progress, but fun stuff. I'm liking it too. :)

  7. Gretchen, I love the new look. So fresh and clean!
    Same shoe situation here. But I have no such rule to restrain me. I think a rule may be in order...

  8. dave fleishman11/04/2011 7:48 PM

    Imelda Marcos said I had too many shoes. Our shoe rack is literally ceiling to floor--probably 12 shelves, six feet wide. Packed. Not all mine, but a LOT of running shoes in there. Spikes, racing flats, sand shoes, heavy training shoes, light training shoes, five fingers, former running shoes now turned into walking shoes, and that's not to mention the boxes of new shoes waiting to go into service.

  9. Gretchen: No shame. Andy: Genius.

  10. Pam - Thank you! I like to think of the shoe rule as more of a guideline. You know - to be stretched at times. I kind of overdid it here, but anyway, yes it could help you restrain your shoe situation. Maybe. :)

    Dave - Ah ha! So glad you could outdo me. I feel better. And I totally get why you need those different types of shoes. :) Also, thank you for the obligatory Imelda Marcos joke. Someone had to do it.

    Brooke - Exactly!