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Shoe Shopping
Shoe Shopping

Learn clothing English in this lesson about 'shoe shopping'

Date: Mar 09 2020

Themes: Fashion, Hobbies, Work

Grammar: Passive Voice


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Mmm… there is nothing like the smell of new shoes. How often do you go shoe shopping? Do you go for the high-end brands, like Jimmy Choos, Louboutins, or Nikes? Or do you just need something to cover up your feet? For some people, shoe shopping is a hobby. For some people, it is an obsession! Other people prefer practicality. They only buy the shoes they need for their everyday life.

Did you know that the average American woman owns 27 pairs of shoes while the average American man only owns 19? Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, was famous for owning 3,000 pairs of shoes! These days, people need different types of shoes for different occasions. If you live in a rainy climate, you definitely need a pair of boots. If you live somewhere hot, you need sandals. If you like to work out, you will need athletic shoes, and if you need to go to a special event, you will need dress shoes. And of course, you have to match your shoes to your outfit!

Brian used to work in a shoe store. Listen to him and Andy talk about shoe shopping.


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Brian:  Andy, did you know that my last job was in a high-end shoe store?

Andy_H:  No way.

Brian:  Yes way.

Andy_H:  Did you do a good job at being a shoe clerk?

Brian:  Well, I’m not there anymore. But I did an all right job. It was moderate. I did have to learn the terms for all the different shoes. I’m used to just tennis shoes, maybe a pair of boots, and some dress shoes. But, you know, I would have to help out ladies and men that were coming in looking for high-end sandals, looking for platforms and heels, which I used to think were the same thing…

Andy_H:  I have to admit, I go shoe shopping about once a year. I go for practicality, and I don’t think I’ve actually spent more than 15 minutes looking for shoes. I’m in, I’m out, and whenever I go shopping, with my sister, with my mom, with my dad, who loves shoes… I am bored to tears!

Brian:  There are people who have an obsession. And I can understand that now. Once working at that store, I was able to get free shoes that were really nice, so I started my own little collection. But it didn’t last too long.

Andy_H:  You know, I absolutely love getting boots, but all of the times I’ve gotten boots, they’ve been given to me. And I like that even more, because I don’t like going to the shoe store.

Brian:  So someone’s doing all the hard work for you.

Andy_H:  Pretty much.


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Brian used to work in a shoe store. He thinks he was OK at the job, but he does not do it anymore. It was fun for him to learn the different kinds of shoes. Before he worked there, he did not know that platforms and heels were different things! He also enjoyed working at a shoe store because he got free shoes. He was able to start a collection.

Andy only buys the shoes that he needs. He does not really care about high-end brands or expensive shoes. In fact, shoe shopping makes him very bored! However, he does like it when people give him shoes. That way, he gets nice shoes without having to do the work.

Do you own a lot of shoes? What is your favorite shoe brand?



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01:40 PM Apr 17 2016 |



United States

I love shoe shopping.

08:46 PM Apr 14 2016 |



ohh, a  brand shoulndn t be important, when you need new shoes

Much more important is…....the shoe is comfortable. Many ppl. special women have problems with their dactylo…because they have chosen wrong shoes

last but not least

I call ppl stupid, when they buy more than 10 pair of shoes, as long as people die in our world, because they haven t food or water to survive….....

I have seen the shoes of Mrs Markos…........ they should hang her, due to that reason, because the Fillipinos had to work for her hobby. and many of her compatriots also passed away, due to hunger…... grrrrrrrrrr

02:26 PM Apr 13 2016 |

Sami Aswad

Sami Aswad


I only buy shoes that I need ! for practicality ! But still I go for high end brand ! Sometimes I order from the Amazon ;) my favorite brand is Adidas ! They are really comfortable


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Boots, shoes you name it… i love fancy comfortable shoes. The brands that proved to be my favourite ones are Juicy Couture, Harsh Puppies and Adidas. Not much of high-end, but extremely comfy and affordable. I also prefer wedge boots that make a shoe more stable and walkable.




I Get more benefit from this particular lesson .

for answering the tow question I need someone came and see what I have in my Cupboard Shoes ؟؟

you didn’t find any kind of BRAND may be some slippers and one Football boot for my exercise .

the simplicity is my ADDRESS .

be simple Wink

09:09 AM Apr 13 2016 |




Today’s topic is right up my alley! I do own quite a collection of shoes. How many pairs? Well , I rather keep that number on the down low :) My most prized possession is a pair of black Calvin Klein leather high heels. I truly have a love affair with that particular pair of high heels. Whenever I wear them, my posture, my height and the way I walk changes. Yes, I glow in my Calvins :)) 

Other than that I don’t go after high-end brands or any brands in particular. I have to like the style, the color and the heel heights. If a shoe lifts me physically a n d emotionally I just have to have it. (paraphrasing Christian Louboutin) And isn’t it that a woman is only fully dressed if she wears a smile   a n d  the right pair of shoes ?? :)



My favourite shoe brand is Nike. I love how they use the latest technology and produce the most high end shoes. That comes with a big price tag though.

04:16 AM Apr 13 2016 |



No. I don’t own a lot of shoes now. But I ever own many shoes many years ago when I was a girl. I am not interest in the brand of the shoe. Only I care about the shoes whether are comfort or not now.

I ever had all kinds of shoes: of high-heel, of flat-heel, of leather, of sports, of job, and so on…there need much time to take care of them. I have much time when I was a girl.

But now, I only have the shoes of flat-heel and only need  comfort shoes to walk.

I don’t care about the brand of the shoes. Maybe my shoes are very cheap but very comfort. Maybe they are little expensive but very comfort. Maybe they are the famous brand and maybe they are not.

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