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    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.

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      Not judging but this guy has more white sneakers than I have shoes, and more belts than I have pants.

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        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!

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          If he’s an avid runner it could be running shoes.

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            In the article, he says sportswear is excluded.

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              This. I know I can go through three pairs about every thousand miles, where I’m averaging about 1.5k-mi every year.

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                Looking at the pictures in the post, it doesn’t look like very many running shoes.

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                  I did a quick inventory:

                  • Dress shoes that I only use indoors at work (12 years old), looks like new. But they go to the shop every couple of years.
                  • Winter boots (~10 years)
                  • Winter boots (~3 years)
                  • Chelsea boots (~6 years)
                  • Sneakers (~ 3 years old)
                  • Sneakers (~ 2 years old)
                  • Running shoes (~ 5 years)
                  • Indoor training shoes (~6 years old)
                  • Dress shoes (~7 years old)

                  Then I have a couple of shoes that I have not used for years.


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                  His GitHubIO page is actually really interesting in this regard: https://hoverfalt.github.io/shoes.html

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                    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.

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                      Yes. I live in the middle of Sweden. So have more or less the same climate. Very seldom -25, but still.

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                      It’s a lot of clothes, but it makes more sense if you look at it as a hobby.

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                      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.

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                        At least it seems that he is donating instead of throwing out “old” clothes.

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                        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…

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                          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.

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                            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?).

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                              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.

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                                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.

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                                  I love it. I wish I were insane and dedicated enough to do this.

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                                    Neat! This basically seems to be a real-world experimental validation of the Sam Vimes “Boots” theory.