Very impressive. But is it just me, or is guys buying a lot of clothes?
15 pair of shoes over the course of three years? That sounds like a lot.
I did a quick count and I have used 8 shoes over the course of three years.
Not judging but this guy has more white sneakers than I have shoes, and more belts than I have pants.
If you’re the sort of person who would track every item of clothing you wear, every day, for three years, you probably already like fashion!
If he’s an avid runner it could be running shoes.
In the article, he says sportswear is excluded.
This. I know I can go through three pairs about every thousand miles, where I’m averaging about 1.5k-mi every year.
Looking at the pictures in the post, it doesn’t look like very many running shoes.
I did a quick inventory:
Then I have a couple of shoes that I have not used for years.
His GitHubIO page is actually really interesting in this regard: https://hoverfalt.github.io/shoes.html
The author probably lives here in Finland (Reaktor is a mostly-Finnish company). You need shoes for temperatures from -25 to +25 degrees Celsius, for snowy/slushy/wet/dry conditions. If you do sports year round or like variety, that quickly adds up.
EDIT: on a closer look, yeah, I have less than half the amount of clothes of the author.
Yes. I live in the middle of Sweden. So have more or less the same climate. Very seldom -25, but still.
It’s a lot of clothes, but it makes more sense if you look at it as a hobby.
Interesting concept but I simply cannot relate with someone who seems to stop using things that quickly.
I have 1 active belt and that lasts me years.
If a T-shirt starts breaking, I fix it until it is not usable in public then it becomes a work shirt (gardening, moving, etc.), a training shirt or part of pajama attire.
I believe that’s how you get the most out of clothes, not buying expensive branded stuff and calculating the “per wear cost” when you could repurpose them until they become unfixable.
At least it seems that he is donating instead of throwing out “old” clothes.
Really interesting and now I wish I had data how many times I’ve worn my 20 year old band t-shirts.
That said, I simply can’t believe some of his numbers. Only 10 times for an undershirt and then it needs to be replaced? Either I don’t remember ever buying such low quality items or the author’s threshold for “needs to be thrown out” is very different than mine :P
Also I mostly use one pair of sneakers in all seasons except winter and I’m usually pissed if they don’t last 3 years, so that should at least be 300 wears…
I find those articles interesting as they allow to make more informed decisions. The in-depth analisys is intriguing, a useful addition would have been (perhaps in a different document) to talk about on-boarding, e. g. how to start this process for yourself. But all-in-all it sounds like a great project.
This is a really cool idea.
I also love that this data-driven approch suggests the opinion that cheaper clothes are more expensive in the long term. It’s something I thought of for a while.
Part of me wonders what would make the data collection process even easier using tech (RFID tags? Barcodes on each garment? Compuer Vision? Scanning the regular tags?).
I want to see his daily survey that only takes a minute to fill out. I would use that if I had it.
I have a couple of expensive merino shirts whose exorbitant price I justify to myself by their miraculous ability to be worn day after day without getting stinky.
I think I’ve worn it every day for months straight. But have I really? I’d love to see that belief put to the test.
Began reading this with extreme skepticism, but was quickly converted. This is similar to how I consider my product ownership, except I just “wing it”. I’d benefit from more quantitative analysis. Author should contact Consumer Reports with this information.
I love it. I wish I were insane and dedicated enough to do this.
Neat! This basically seems to be a real-world experimental validation of the Sam Vimes “Boots” theory.