You have n pairs of shoes. Take half the overall cost and put that into one pair of "unbelievably, unconcionably priced" shoes.

You now have (1/2n)+1 shoes. Isn't that +1 worth more than the sum of 1/2n to you? Admittedly, perhaps this only holds if n>10...but with as much shoe talk as goes on here, I'm willing to bet that's the situation in the majority of cases.

I submit that the same is true for shirts, sportcoats, and pants...though I don't get that excited about pants (a couple pairs of chinos and jeans do the trick for me).

Something I've been thinking lately.

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