I think the height of my shoe collecting started in high school. I was so involved with buying shoes and so ashamed of how many pairs I had that I would put some in the attic, hide them in all dark corners of my closets and Long Island home. One time, I even asked my friend to hide a pair of expensive Harley Davidson biker 4' va-va-voom boots I bought 'behind my mom's back' in her trunk until I could see her next time and put them in a backpack or something that wouldn't stick out.
I guess that is when the line becomes thin between an 'shoe addict' and a 'shoe collector.'
But either way, I've gotten a lot better than I used to be.
I used to own something like 100 pairs before I moved to Arizona and I would go on quests to find shoes that I made up (I wanted to have at least one pair of every possible style and color that I liked) and now, I am down to maybe fifty or sixty pairs of shoes?
I don't mind giving them up so much anymore, if I know I just don't wear them. I don't like holding on to shoes that are uncomfortable just because they are pretty.
I also tend to buy shoes now for comfort AND appeal rather than just for that sexy silhouette and glam factor.
I am a teacher, I am marrying a man that really doesn't understand the point of high heels (and I like being shorter than him anyway), I like shiny shoes, punk shoes, motorcycle boots, western styles and artsy vibes. I don't know if one style necessarily could describe my collection but all I know is that it's me and when I get dressed every morning, I take an extra few minutes to properly decide what shoes would look best, and I am pleased to have such great choices!
Here is my collection:
From left: Mel by Melissa heart jellies, Sperry anchor espadrilles, Italian Shoemakers braided mixed metal cork flipflops, Swedish Hasbeens, White Mountain (birkenstock-inspired but with fun silver hardware and gorgeous teal suede), Swedish Hasbeen heart cut out clogs, Isola gold pyramid stud gladiators, Marc by Marc Jacobs mouse flats.
From right: MIA limited edition red studded cowgirl boots, Bed Stu, Ariat, 2006 Limited Edition Frye embellished campus boot, Sam Edelman
Queen Fashion ballroom/wedding/super comfortable dancestar pumps
It's really hard to pick a favorite.
I've been asked a bunch of times before. I have a really special place in my heart for all my shoes (even ones I give away or donate after I decide to move on). I think my top 5 shoes are probably my Bed Stu short boots (I got them for a steal at an Anthropologie clearance)--I definitely wear those the most, all year round. The other four favorites would probably be my red cowgirl boots, my marc jacobs mouse shoes, my wedding shoes, and my Ariat Boots.
I guess I like boot seasons the best because I think winter and fall shoes are the most fun. I'm crazy about tights too, so that helps!
The only other shoe that isn't in this post would be my authentic Greek sandals that are beautiful leather rosegold winged creatures, currently in the mail!
So excited to receive them.
Gothspecks on Etsy in a wide variety colors, plus each pair comes with 3 different sets of interchangeable wings! So cool.
I'll do a post on them once I get them in the mail, as well, if you guys are interested.
My collection will be 'completed' this week at a nice, even, 26 pairs!
Any shoe thoughts?