For some time, no matter how often I de-cluttered my wardrobe, inexplicably, the shoe section remained intact. No rubbish bin cast a shadow over its existence; its ongoing survival was undisputed; it always lived to fight another day.
It wasn’t that I didn’t know it needed de-cluttering. But I’m one of those awkward people who takes a half size in shoes and has one foot slightly bigger than the other. Insoles and heel liners are almost accessories in my wardrobe.
It was difficult to find a pair of shoes that fit, were comfortable and half-way decent-looking (stylish was often a step too far!). So when I did, I hung on to them for dear life.
But I also hung onto the ones that didn’t fit, flatter or form a basic in my wardrobe. Just in case, you know? In case they transformed magically overnight into elegant, fabulous footwear. Who do I think I am? Cinderella?
Quality was often an afterthought. I fell into the age-old trap of buying multiple pairs of poor quality shoes, when I could have bought a couple of really good pairs that would have lasted and lasted. As they say, ‘only the rich can afford cheap shoes’.
One day, I girded my loins and tackled the shoe section. Oh, the shame! The shame of pulling out dusty, scratched shoes that apparently had been worth holding onto. Shoes that had most definitely seen better days.
I glanced down at my shoddy shoes and up at my carefully curated closet. It was like they belonged to two different people! So, to action!
- I tried on every pair of shoes, boots, trainers, slippers …
- I evaluated if any of the awful ones could be salvaged/repaired etc. (Nope!)
- I kept, not the ones I liked most, but the better quality ones that would at least last until I sorted myself out – previously, I had kept these for ‘good’, but these were the only ones capable of withstanding hard, everyday wear and tear – and yet I had been keeping them to wear about twice a year!
- I resolved to have fewer but better shoes in future – a bit like my clothes, then!
So, in summary, I started to wear the good shoes – and let go the awful ones.
How obvious does that sound?!
And, I had the added bonus of falling back in love with some previously neglected footwear.
Anyone had a similar experience?!
Have a great week 😊