Shoe shakedown

Shoes - Mulberry, animal printFor 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!

2018-08-05 Shoe shakedownSo, 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 😊

  7 comments for “Shoe shakedown

  1. August 11, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Love this post! I have a lot of shoes shoved into my shoe rack (some saved for maybe going back to an office environment) and for some reason they are harder to part with than clothing items so I’m right there with you! Loved this funny and entertaining post!

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    • August 12, 2018 at 10:33 am

      Hiya Kasey, thanks so much for stopping by – I love your blog and look forward to all your posts. It’s funny – shoes were much harder to deal with than clothes! Glad to know I’m not the only one who experienced that! I’m glad you enjoyed the post – I try to put a light-hearted spin on my experiences where I can! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Lxx


  2. August 11, 2018 at 6:33 am

    I have one foot bigger than the other too, Lorraine, and it’s a real pain!! I loved reading about your shoe shakedown and what resulted from it. I find shoes such a difficult part of my wardrobe to grapple with. I’ve always had too many pairs but feel I’ve never truly loved any of them. Right now I have a fantastic pair that I bought secondhand which I wear at work almost every day. Considering they’re synthetic and not great quality, they’re surprisingly comfortable. The only problem is, they’re starting to fall apart after only 6 months of consistent wear. I’m thinking that at the end of this year, after I’ve finished up at my current job and have found a new one, I invest in a really good pair of work shoes that are designed to last. Thanks for sharing your shoe reflections, Lorraine! I really could not agree more – fewer but better shoes is absolutely the way to go!

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    • August 11, 2018 at 11:06 am

      Hi Lisa, the difference in foot size can be a real pain, can’t it?! How brilliant that you found such a great pair second-hand! Once they fit and are comfortable, well that’s the main thing. Such a shame that they’re falling apart. But I suppose now you know what you like and what’s comfortable, you may be able to get a similar style with a pair that will last longer. Happy shoe hunting! Lxx

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      • August 12, 2018 at 12:51 am

        I hope so! Thanks Lorraine! 🙂

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  3. August 6, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Ah…shoes so many to choose from really makes this a hard one for many. Traveling this week for a few days R & R with Mr. LBD and the Birks seem to work with everything. Your theory exactly. When I brought these eons ago, they were expensive and I thought I was nuts. They are ugly enough to be cool and the perfect fit even for walking. Nice reminder to reevaluate our footwear more often!

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    • August 6, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks for that, Laurel 🙂 Quality over quantity every time!! Lxx

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