Being married, one would probably think I spend a considerable amount of time in my wife's closet, but the truth is there aren't many examples of trashed and abused shoes in there, hence the reason I feverishly search elsewhere. It should be easy to believe my wife's shoes are very worn- she's not the kind of woman to mindlessly buy shoes as a hobby, so she makes do with what she has until she ends up needing to replace a pair or two. But even that isn't the case because she's not very hard on her shoes. Standing 5'4" and weighing about 115 pounds, she lacks the physical presence necessary to ruin shoes in a short amount of time. She's been known to have shoes in her regular rotation that last for years and still look similar to the way they did when they first came out of the box. When a pair finally gets worn down to the point where it's a little embarrassing (to her), she'll retire them to a garbage bag destined for the nearest donation bin.
This pair of size 7M Arturo Chang kitten-heeled sandals is an exception, and they're still in the closest partially because my wife has a slight inkling of my interest in trashed and abused shoes. Back when we were dating, I remember her having a pair of sandals- nothing special, just braided leather straps and an unflattering block heel- that happened to develop a huge crack across the rubber outsole. I told her that she should give the shoes to me under some goofy premise that they'd allow me to maintain a connection to her when we were apart and she fell for it. That led to me accumulating a few more pairs of her shoes, although I'm sure she never had a hint of my level of fascination with them. My wife always loved these sandals more that most, wearing them summer after summer, and when they reached a point that exceeded what she usually accepted of her shoes, was ready to give them up before I intervened. She hasn't worn them in a while but I'm confident I've expressed enough love for them that she'll always think twice about getting rid of them, or at least think to let me know when they're about to go (at which point I would have to find a way to rescue them).