Confession: I’ve never been as savvy about shoes as most girls are.
I’ve never spent much money on them–usually covering my basis with Wal-Mart or Payless.
Part of my goal in my mission to simplify is to recognize when to replace quantity of possessions with quality. I’m certainly not advocating that you simplify your stuff to make room for more stuff. But as you get rid of worn-out or unflattering items you might find that you do have a few gaps to fill in.
Simplifying my shoes has made me give more thought to the comfort and functionality of the ones I keep. And yes, I might need to get rid of some to add better quality versions back in.
As you evaluate your current shoe collection and plan for your ideal one, these are the things you’re looking for:
- The shoes you own will be comfortable
- The shoes you own will stay in better condition because they won’t be crushed and crowded
- The shoes you own will match with the clothes you own
- The shoes you own will cover each basic category
Basic categories? I can think of four that you need to fill:
- Athletic (walking/running/hiking)
- Casual (flats/sandals/”around the town” shoes)
- Weather (rain boots/winter boots)
- Work (whatever your job requires)
I have a hanging shoe organizer that has eight pockets. My goal is for all of my shoes (except boots) to fit comfortably in that organizer. Set a similar space limit for yourself, and get started with the simplifying!
Now that you’ve simplified your wardrobe, you might find that some of the shoes you own match with outfits you got rid of! Those shoes should be the first to go, unless you’re quite sure they’ll work for an outfit you still own.
Next up, purge the ratty ones that need to be thrown away. Most of the shoes I got rid of fell into this category. Examine your shoes for worn down soles and heels, canvas pulling away from the rubber, and broken straps or clasps. The fact that they still fit your feet is not a good enough reason to keep them.
Think about the redundant pairs of shoes you own. Keep the pair that’s the most comfortable and functional, and get rid of the others. Three pairs of black heels? Two pairs of hiking boots? Keep your favourite of each, donate the others.
Lastly, pull out the pairs that you never wear–even if they fit or look cute. You don’t wear them, why keep them?
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