OK, here are the results. I think they are quite amazing, in lots of ways!
Now that some of you have had a chance to draw your own conclusions, I will put in a few comments of my own...
For each question I have listed the answers with the number of people giving that answer.
1. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Not a lot/20 = 3
30 to 40 = 3
50 plus = 3
Too many to count = 2
I just find this mind-boggling! So many shoes! Where do you keep them? How do you keep track of them? Do you ever find that, somehow, you have 3 pairs the same?
2. How often do you buy new shoes?
Once a year = 1
Twice a year = 1
Every 2-3 months = 4
At least monthly = 4
Every chance I get = 2
Monthly shoe-shopping? Again, I find this a totally alien concept. In my house it is generally a case of twice a year or if desperate. This means that you lot are buying shoes more often than I buy guitar strings!
3. What prompts a visit to the shoe shop?
Replacing old/broken ones = 4
A good sale = 2
Need shoes to match a new outfit = 5
Impulse = 5
Going cold turkey, not buying shoes right now = 1
Half of you buy shoes on impulse? No wonder I have never seen a shoe shop go out of business!
4. Does your partner ever question the need for more shoes?
No = 7
Not if he doesn't know about it = 1
Yes = 2
Yes but I distract him = 1
Lots of comments here along the lines of "no sensible man would ever dare to question the need for more shoes".
At least most guys seem to do the sensible thing and just let you get on with it, and at least one of the questioners only seems half-hearted about it, allowing himself to get distracted. No indication of what form this distraction takes, but I can probably make a fair guess ;-)
5 . Given the opportunity, would you be the new Imelda Marcos?
No = 4
Yes = 3
I have been called this = 1
Who? = 2
An even split between Yes and No, really. And I thought this question would produce a chorus of "No"s! I think it was a couple of my younger readers who did not know who she was, bless them.
6. Shoes or sex?
Sex = 6
Shoes = 1
Sex while wearing shoes = 3
Depends on the shoes = 2
As I expected, sex won. I was not expecting the high "sex while wearing shoes" vote, or those who might actually find the shoes more interesting! If you were one of these, perhaps you should experiment with sex while wearing shoes? It might be the start of a whole new era in your love life! This is Dr Ruth signing off!
So, what do you think?