I recently read that it takes about 1000 years for the average pair of shoes to decompose in a landfill. That is not a typo - 1000 YEARS! I had just bought a new pair of cute brown boots and took them back after I read it. Not only did that save me forty buckeroos, I felt a bit better about all of the shoes I have that will be here long after my grandchildrens grandchildrens grandchildrens children are born. It was one tiny step on my part. I love to shop for shoes but I have never thought about the impact on the earth. I will from now on!!