Shoes
How often do you buy shoes? Have you ever bought shoes online? What's your favorite type of shoes? Do you know anyone who likes to buy a lot of shoes?
Vocabulary
  • Evidently (adverb) - used to say what people believe is true.
  • Fall to pieces (phrase) - to break apart into smaller parts.
  • Casual (adj.) - casual clothes are not formal or not suitable for special occasions.
  • Footwear (noun) - shoes, boots, or any other outer covering for the human foot.
  • To appeal (verb) - to interest or attract someone.
  • Formal (adj.) - formal language, clothes, and behavior are suitable for serious or official occasions.
  • Dichotomy (noun) - the division of two things that are completely different.
  • Boot (noun) - a type of shoe that covers the whole foot and the lower part of the leg.
  • Heel (noun) - the raised part at the back of a shoe, under your heel.
Questions and answers
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M: How often do you buy shoes?

R: Well, evidently not enough since the ones I'm wearing are falling to pieces. I think it's probably once a year, maybe slightly more of if I see a pair that I like.

M: Have you ever bought shoes online?

R: I think I've only ever done it once actually. And it ended rather badly for me. I thought they would be red, but they came in a different color. And I wasn't best pleased. So from now on, I head to the shoe shop when I want them, even if it is a bit inconvenient.

M: What's your favorite type of shoes?

R: I usually buy casual footwear from Skechers. It's a popular brand of shoes. They have quite a range, but only a small subset appeals to me really. I can't really remember the last time I bought anything even remotely formal. It's not necessary for work.

M: Do you like to wear shoes that are comfortable or good-looking?

R: Well, I don't see why it has to be a dichotomy. Why can't you have both? Everyone's got different tastes, but I think those are the main ones that informtheir taste. The only exception seems to be high heels which seem designed exclusively to torture women and look good at the expense of comfort, but that's not a concern for me.

M: Do you know anyone who likes to buy a lot of shoes?
R: You and my mother, Maria. I think you have competing shoe collections with like hundreds of pairs of boots and heels and all manner of other shoe types. As for the why, I have no idea why you like to buy them, but I only own four pairs of shoes or something like that.

M: Thank you, Rory, you for your answers!
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