Photo: Sarah Andrews
Dr. Phil says the cure for an addiction is to acknowledge the purpose, to identify the danger zones and to have a support system.
Although these are tips used to help addicts, they may not be powerful enough to free first-year Chad Howard from his addiction to shoes.
While a fervor for footwear is more commonly associated with women, Howard has a collection of about 80 pairs of shoes ranging from Sperry Top-Siders to Air Jordans.
“I just got addicted to buying them,” Howard said. “Then, I just wanted to complete my Jordan collection.”
His habit began his freshman year in high school and has continued ever since.
“He bought a new pair before almost every basketball game last year,” high school friend Dylan Thomas said. “I mean, you wouldn’t want to wear a pair for more than two games — that would be terrible.”
Howard is proud of the shoes he has acquired and rotates about 25 pairs of shoes each time he returns home for breaks. Although he switches it up every couple of months, he still has his go-to shoes.
Among the three pairs of shoes he wears on a consistent basis, Howard’s favorite pair are his Polos.
“The shoes are worth less if you wear them,” Howard said. “Essentially, these are for show. So, if I keep them nice, I will be able to sell them for about three times their worth.”
While his parents find his addiction to shoes ridiculous and discourage his indulgence, Howard continues to add to his closet of shoes and will soon be the proud owner of the entire Jordan shoe collection.
Most girls are unsure of whether to admire or remain jealous of Howard’s impressive spread. Just add a little pump and a three inch heal to some of his shoes, and it would be the dream addition to any girl’s closet.