shoecollection

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All my decluttering efforts stop at my shoes. I cant ! Every time I put a pair in my donate pile, I bring them back into my closet the next day. I have made eBay listings only to take them down the next day. Its time to admit that I maybe a shoe collector. I have one pair of legs and a disproportionate amount of shoes. I should know better, but I refuse to do anything about it. There you go. Anyone reading this blog because they were inspired by my quest to live a simple + wonderful life can unsubscribe now. I do live a wonderful life. The shoes really do help me walk to exotic places.

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Why so many shoes ?

Why do women love shoes ? I have googled it extensively with no proper conclusion. I really don’t know. Why do I love shoes ? I don’t know the answer to that either. When I know that I would have a long hard day, I wear red shoes. And they cheer me up every time I catch a glimpse of them. I cant explain it. Some notes :

I have have 14 pairs of shoes.

I dont want to be “her” – that woman who hoards shoes. But I am her.

What attracts me to a shoe ? Quality. Classic shape. Craftsmanship. Walkability quotient. Affordability.

I wear out one or two pairs on an average per year. I used to wear out more. Its gone down since I started buying better and built a collection.

Which kind do I have too many of ? Flats – ballet, loafers, oxfords. Audrey Hepburn apparently had a dozen pairs. I am keen on the same.

My wish list ? I want to find a pair of Ferragamo flats without the bow. Or Chanel ballet flats without visible branding. Everlane loafers – I want to review them on my blog.

Why did I buy so many ? I read about the legendary quality shoe makers who command hundreds of dollars in store. And when I see them for cheap, I couldnt resist.

They should last me 10 years if I maintain them and use in rotation. I am not downsizing. I am not throwing my money away. Watch me wear them out instead.

Who really needs so many shoes ? The fashion bloggers ! Jokes aside, living a life with regrets is a much worse sin. Now that I have them, I intend to enjoy them all.

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Anatomy of my shoe closet

Let me present my collection of shoes. Please don’t leave me hate comments. Or tell me how happy you are with your 2 pairs of flip flops. The #shoeShame is real. If its of any consolation, I dont own any heels. Women who wear stilettos talk about feeling empowered and confident in them. If feel exactly the same in flats that I wear every single day. To each, her own. Lets look at my shoes :

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sandals

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flats

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loafers

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oxfords

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boots

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hikingshoes

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Mom & Dad, if you ever reads this, it’s all Harsha’s fault. I can not believe I am putting this online. But after I did my handbag collection, it cured me of the lust to buy more. I am hoping this post will do the same. Remind me of the wonderful things I have and be content. Cataloging my closet has been a source of clarity. I would like to post outfit photos starting next year. Not to win in the game of internet fame. But for myself. I would like to look back when I am 80 and remember. Record my style evolution, for my sake.

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Question of the Week :

Do you think the myth of ‘women and shoes’ is made up by the weak willed as an excuse ? Does anyone else have an immunity to the charms of high heeled shoes ? Do you like any of my shoes ?

Thoughts ?