According to some online resources, a woman could get by with as little as three pairs, but there are a vast array of sites which are more generous in their offerings listing the 5 or even 10 pairs of shoes every woman needs or must own. The contents of some of these lists however is a little dubious, with one list taking up 2 out of the 5 precious spots with one pair of sneakers and one pair of hiking boots! The two could be combined if you ask me... Another site which lists 10 pairs every woman must own includes one pair of black flats and one pair of ballet flats - again I think the two can be combined, leaving a spot free for a different style for greater variety.
If it were up to me to to come up with the ultimate list of shoes each and every woman must own it would look like this (be prepared to die of boredom):
- Ballet flats
- Ankle boots
- Tall boots
- Dress/work shoes
- Evening shoes
So what's in my current collection I hear you ask?
This (not including my workout sneakers, flip flops and house slippers):
|All my shoes - the BEFORE shot|
Yes I know, I own a lot of shoes... but I wasn't born yesterday! This is a result of many years of shoe shopping and recycling (selling my shoes on eBay only to buy new shoes). Many of the shoes have not been worn in a long time and others are really on their last legs - hence a big shoe cull beckons.
Here are some close up shots of each one my IKEA Billy bookcases (in case you were wondering what I store my shoes in). Note that all my designer shoes are ordinarily stored in their original boxes and shoe bags and the long boots live in the hallway closet, but for the purpose of this exercise I have displayed them in the one spot out of their boxes.
|Contents of IKEA Billy bookcase No. 1 - shoe count: 19 pairs|
|Contents of IKEA Billy bookcase No.2 - shoe count: 24 pairs|
|Contents of IKEA Billy bookcase No.3 - shoe count: 24 pairs|
Stay tuned for the results of my shoe cull and the AFTER shots.
ETA: make that 71 pairs... I found a pair hiding under the bed.
ETA: make that 72 pairs... I forgot about my Country Road biker boots which were hiding in my boyfriend's side of the closet.