"Es un buen par de zapatos."
Translation:It is a good pair of shoes.
You forgot that adjectives have to agree with the noun in gender and number so as well as being a bit perverse (in rejecting the very obvious and natural 'PAIR' suggestion since it's shoes we're talking about, yes?) your suggestion falls because one single pair (see below why 'the pair' is singular) is "buen" your many, plural, shoes would have to be "buenos". So the given interpretation is correct.
Yes, that is the same reason I was reading these comments. Normally we would say 'They are a good pair of shoes.' 'They are' (plural)->two individuals; a good pair-> one pair (singular). 'It' is grammatically incorrect, or so I believe. I had an idea that DL wanted 'it' so I don't know if 'they' is accepted.
Beun is describing before "Shoes" if you wanted to describe after Shoes you would say Bueno. Like saying Those are good shoes, And Those shoes are good.
Although many of us are used to saying "they are a good pair of shoes," that isn't correct. Think about the shoes as describing the pair. A pair.. of shoes. So "Es" (IT is) correctly describes the one pair.. of shoes. You wouldnt say those pair. Or them pair. You would say THE pair. Singular. It's another bad habbit we need to break. Like all the people who just a lesson or two ago that "forty" isnt spelled "fourty." Thanks Duo. :)
Edit: "people who just LEARNED how to spell 'forty.'" Somehow i just left that word out. Lol
Sorry Adam, have to disagree. English (and most languages, I would assume) is full of these kind of quirks. I have not once in my 30 years heard someone say, 'it's a good pair of shoes', or 'it's a good pair of pants', and especially not 'it's a good band'. 'They're' is used every single time and style guides would say as much. And personally I like it more that way. When thinking of a band, using the word 'they're' makes you think of all the members that go into creating the music, same with a 'group' or people - the individuals that contribute to the whole.
What so many reply when others say "WHAT ARE THOSE!" and point at their shoes
Ha ha! Finally understood why "buen" came before the noun... I think. You can do that if it's assumed there is only 1 (or 1 pair) of objects. Or if you want to emphasize how buen these shoes are.
If you like acronyms as learning aides, you can use DEMON as a guide for when adjectives go before a noun.
Demonstratives: this, that, these, those
Meaning change: viejo (long time vs just plain old)
Ownership: the various possessive adjectives
Number: a cardinal or ordinal number or any quantifier
Those adjectives that come after seem to fall into the C's
Category: most descriptive adjectives such as a Color
Complex: prepositional phrases and Conjunctions
Thought I'd share something that helps me.
"Pareja" is more common with couples (like a relationship) and "par" is more used when you say something about two things of the same nature "Un par de zapatos/pantalones" (One pair of shoes/pants)
It's rare to hear that but "parejas de animales" is more usual in that case.
Marked wrong for 'it's a good pair 'a shoes'.. What in tarnation is goin' in here?
When you mean to say, "It is a good pair of shoes", but you accidentally say, "It is a good pair if shoes."