style / mindset / simplicity
style / mindset / simplicity
After spending decades in fitting rooms and closets, I've discovered that there are basially two types of women when it comes to shoes.
1. TOO MANY- Women who buy ALL the shoes. A different pair for every outfit. Having too many shoes is more expensive and more time-consuming when shopping and getting dressed. And requires more effort for storing and maintaining.
2. NOT ENOUGH- Women who avoid buying shoes. ‘Can I get away with owning just two pairs of shoes?' Too few shoes… means you never feel like you have what you need to really feel put-together. You're always wishing you had the right shoes and you're caught unprepared for some events.
(I tend to be a more of a 2;-)
So what's just right when it comes to shoes?
This will be different for everyone. There is no exact formula or correct answer for how many pairs of shoes a woman should own. I believe you should own enough shoes that you feel prepared for almost any occasion, but not overwhelmed when deciding which pair to slip on.
While both schools of thought can be problematic, I believe that having too few shoes makes it difficult to look and feel great in your clothes. So, I'm sharing my tips for building an awesome shoe wardrobe...
Define your style and your needs.
Determine what's missing from your shoe wardrobe. Consider where you get stuck when getting dressed. Always missing a cute pair of sneakers? Need a simple bootie to wear with dresses? What styles do you love or want to try? Decide this before you shop!
I truly believe we should only buy what’s comfortable from the first step. Personally, I don’t buy shoes that require a break-in period. I want comfort from the start. This makes shoe shopping easier. I simply don’t buy shoes that aren’t comfortable in the store. Period. Try this, your feet will thank you.
It's okay to ignore the trends. For example, I don't like the way mules look or feel on my feet. So, despite the fact that they're modern and current (and stylish on other women), I don't own a single pair. Only buy shoes that are truly authentic for YOU or they'll never make it out of the box.
Brands on repeat.
Get to know which brands fit your feet and your style. Who makes the shoes that you've loved in the past? Start your shopping with that brand. Expand to find a few go-to brands that will consistently work for you. This narrows down your choices which simplifies shopping.
Make friends with shoe polish.
With few exceptions (like beat-up moto boots:-), unpolished shoes look crummy. This was a pet peeve of my dad's and it's become one of mine. Polish your shoes! Do it as needed (or about once a month). After you get the hang of it, polishing shoes is meditative and the shine is super rewarding! Most leather shoes look brand new after a quick polish! Don’t skip this step. Scuffed shoes are an instant outfit downer.
Yes, most towns still have cobblers. The soles of my favorite Frye oxfords were wearing out. $75 later, they looked like new! Actually, better than new because they had the rich patina that comes with age. A local cobbler will polish your boots, make sheepskin liners, replace heels, etc. And the smell of the shop is so worth it!
Know when to let go.
When your shoes are past their prime, people notice. Be honest with yourself about when it’s time to retire a favorite pair. I know it’s hard to let them go, but since the Universe abhors a vacuum... expect new favorites to appear once you release the old ones. You're worth shoes that look good!
Keep in mind, the right shoes really can make the outfit. Gettting dressed becomes more effortless when you have a shoe wardrobe that works for you.
Thanks for being here. Please let me know if you have any questions... happy to help you find shoes you love!
Have an awesome week!