Closet Tour: Shoes, Revisited

Let’s talk shoes again! I’ve come a long way from even a couple of years ago when I finally made it from 17 to 11 pairs of shoes. Now that I’m down to seven, I can’t imagine what 17 looked like.

However, I have moved to a much warmer climate where sandals are basically okay all year round so that makes a big difference.

So let’s dive in!

My most necessary shoes

For everyday shoes, I have one pair of Saltwater Sandals (I seriously can’t recommend these enough). I’ve worn them almost every day for the past year, and they’re holding up quite nicely.

I also have a pair of pink sparkle TOMS – I wore these for my wedding two years ago, and they’ve got some major toe holes. I’m going to keep wearing them until I decide what to spring for next. I’ve got my eye on Keep shoes, a conscious, vegan, local LA shoe brand.

For the rare dress occasion, I have three pairs of heels. I could probably get by with only one (or even zero) of these shoes, but I really like the option of heels. I have a sandal-ish pair, a black penny-loafer style, and a grey pointy pair. I’ve had all of these heels for over eight years.

And of course, my running shoes. The red pair is pretty run down and I don’t actually need those anymore, but I keep them on hand in case I somehow find mud in Los Angeles.

The benefits of paring down

What’s been really nice about this journey to pare down on my possessions is that I’ve learned what I really need – and what really makes me happy.

Turns out, shoes don’t make me happy. They might make you happy though! To just reiterate what I’ve said a million times: simplicity is subjective. Make it your own!

I haven’t felt a need (until now, with the hole-y TOMS) to add to my shoe closet in quite a while.


And another thing…

I know I’ve been quiet on this blog for a while, but I just wanted you to know I’m not gone! I’m working on a passion project that I’ll be sharing sometime this summer. 

Yes, it will be fun. No, it won’t cost you money.

Happy Friday!

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6 thoughts on “Closet Tour: Shoes, Revisited

  1. Oh to live in a climate that is warm and dry! My New England fluctuates too much – I have rain wellies, snow boots, and hiking boots that get worn on a very regular basis. I think my *other* shoes are more like my ‘special occasion’ shoes.
    Part of that is just my personality – I would hate to be caught without weather-appropriate shoes. So I would never go out on a rainy day without rain wellies, no matter the occasion.
    Glad you’re still writing!

  2. I need to revisit my shoes too…I think at one point I had upwards of 50(!) Haven’t counted in awhile but I’m probably hovering around the 25 mark. Now that I’ve been working from home for two years I could probably let all of my heels go. But living in Canada definitely requires four seasons’ worth of footwear!

    • The seasons make such a big difference! It was so refreshing for me to have fewer shoes – they were always the biggest nuisance to find space for. Thanks for stopping by Jen!

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