So I had 72 pairs at the beginning of this year, and after my big shoes cull I whittled that number down to 45 pairs.
These days without counting my slippers and sneakers, I own a total of 37 pairs (a pair I store at work is not pictured below). Not bad for a woman who once owned in excess of 120 pairs!
Here they are in all their glory - together with some commentary.
|Chloe "Silverados", ACNE "Pistols' in contrast , Isabel Marant "Dickers" in anthracite and taupe|
Apart from the Chloe booties (which I love love love, but just not with everything), the other three pairs are regularly worn. I would even consider repurchasing each pair upon it wearing out. Which fortunately is now possible given that some designers are now repeating their most popular items. What a great "trend"!
|Row 1: Witchery black wedges, Witchery brown wedges, Wittner bow heels, Witchery leopard loafers. Row 2: Robert Clergerie platform sandals, Country Road tan heels, Country Road black heels, Country Road pointy heels|
Having now re-read last year's post detailing my shoe collection, the Witchery brown wedges will be culled this weekend (I'll give them to my mum). I think I may have worn them once this year and I recall them hurting my toes. Also, the Witchery leopard loafers are cute, but they are not the first pair I grab to wear. Potentially I will cull these too. We shall see.
|Marni heels, Miu Miu heels, Marc Jacobs bow heels, Marc Jacobs studded heels, Marc Jacobs 60s pumps|
The Marni and Miu Miu heels, although not regularly worn, get whipped out when the occasion calls for them... they look great and the they are comfortable. I can't say the same for the MJ heels. Although I like the look of these three MJ pairs, they just don't get worn given their height and lack of platform. My 30+ year old feet just can't handle them anymore. Sad.
I love the Chloe pumps, but the other 4 pairs on the top shelf do not get any love. I think I'll definitely cull the D&G pumps and I will look at replacing the Wittner and Witchery heels with a single pair in a light tone but with lower heels. It seems that 7 cm is the most I can handle these days without a platform.
All my ballet flats are regularly worn except the MJ Maddies. They are a little bit too small for me, yet I just can't seem to let go. Why is that?
|Robert Robert heeled boots, Country Road over the knee flat boots.|
I have worn the heeled boots only once or twice in the past year, but I am keeping them until I can find a suitable replacement. The Country Road boots have been worn a lot and they are ok but just not perfect. I'll look to replace these too.
Since undertaking my big shoe cull earlier in the year and in the course of this last year I have determined the following when it comes to shoe shopping:
1. My feet can no longer handle high heels, so I will no longer buy them.
2. Nice mid-heels are hard to find.
3. It's worth splurging on well made shoes that will be worn regularly. Putting such shoes on and wearing them is a pleasure. Buying cheaper shoes in a similar style becomes a nonoccurence. You actually save money in the long term.
4. There is one caveat on the above statement: ballet flats. I jump at the opportunity to buy ballet flats on sale. Although I can appreciate Lanvin, Chanel and Repetto flats, I cannot imagine paying the big bucks for them since I buy flats for walking in properly, as in to and from work. Each and every pair I own apart from the J.Crew and MJ flats was purchased for less than $50.