At any rate, I buy a new pair of shoes at the start of each school year. That demotes each previous pair to a lower position for use around the garden. Here's the whole collection. Hope it brings you a smile.
Ancient archaeological site
These are my new pair used for casual day at school. If I forget and use them out in the garden, Murphy's law dictates that I will step in my pond or slip in some mud.
These are my walk-around-and-check-if-a-flower-is-blooming pair. I also go out in public with these, so I try not to garden in them. They are very comfortable after a year of use, so I feel very emotional about these shoes. My wife tried to throw them away once. I rescued them from the trash.
As you can see, one year in the garden has a profound effect on shoes. I no longer wear these in public since I'm sure the 'BYS' would get some looks.
I use these for going into the chicken run and around the compost pile, so they stay outside.
(I know technically it should say BS shoes. But I don't want to walk around with BS on my shoes)
Four years of hard use demotes these shoes to watering and weeding.
I can get them dirty or wet and it doesn't matter. But they're not the worst.
2008 Poor Things!
After five years of hard use, the final pair in the collection are near the end of their life here in the garden.
These are for running out in the middle of the night or for walking through flooded parts of the garden.
I use them while turning compost.
But there's one more pair.
New Garden Shoes
After seeing what I use for footwear, my wife felt sorry for me one day and bought these cool water sandals.
But there's just one problem...
I never use them! They feel terrible.
Well, that's it for today. I've got to run outside and check the rain gauge since we've finally had some rain here. Hmm...wonder where I've placed my check-the-rain-gauge shoes?