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shoe stocktake

4 October 2012

I enjoy minimalist fashion blogs that review their wardrobes and aspirations for less items with more versatility. Behold my minimalist, nerdy streak as I spring clean and stock take! I find that multiples of some styles are needed with all the walking I do. Some of these shoes won’t be replaced so I expect to remain at 15 or less pairs on average.

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Two are on probation for their lack of comfort or versatility. I wear heels less than 10 times a year so don’t need any more than two pairs really. In cooler conditions I adore black heels with black opaque tights and in warmer weather I like the continual tones of tan wedges on bare legs.

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I acquired a few pairs of sandals for this summer as it’s a part of my wardrobe that always lacks and results in me unable to wear my dresses.* The ecco pair is really good quality for longer walks. The others are cheaper for events and parties and local cafes.

* I want to wear dresses more as I struggle to find shorts in my desired style and fit nowadays.

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Classic loafers and street sneakers are staples for my fussy feet. I love them.

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I need to replace my well-worn cross-trainers soon. I’m thinking of some fun coloured ones – blue or green?! I can crunch over anything in the 4WD shoes. It also means I’m less aware of the ground to help me navigate so I choose the right times to wear them.

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The winter boots are back in their boxes until next year. This season I wore my brown ones most days and my cream boots only once. I feel that they’re too young for a 31 year old (?) so effectively they are on probation too.

How’s your spring wardrobe cleaning or autumn preparations for winter going? Anyone want to share their shoe stock take with me?

PS. I asked my husband to proofread and as he reached the end he sighed! Not exactly riveting subject matter for him, but I do hope it was interesting for some of you!

10 Responses
  1. October 4, 2012

    Love your heels! I need more in that height/heel – I’ve decided that no matter how pretty they look, sky-high stilettos are simply not for me. I’m impressed with your level of minimalism, I have ~18 pairs of shoes and have spied some in your collection that I now want >.<

    I put clothes and shoes on 'probation' too – a few pieces that I've grown out of, or simply don't know how to wear. I give them a chance for a while, and cull them if I'm just not feeling it. I'm struggling to throw out some things that I've lost too much weight to wear though – I'm scared I'll put the weight back on and end up with nothing to wear! Thank goodness for belts.

  2. October 5, 2012

    Great shoe collection! I weirdly happen to have the same size foot as my boyfriend so we share some pairs, this simplifies my collection in a way… It’s wonderful reading through your posts on minimalism, especially your profile on Miss Minimalist. I was also that way as a child, constantly changing my environment, trying to get to a point where I was unrestrained by “stuff”. It has certainly carried into my adult life in many ways. It’s fun to read of other people who have similar ideas! Thank you

  3. October 5, 2012

    Oh, you’ve inspired me to finally get rid of the most boring pair of shoes I’ve ever had….I keep thinking they will come in useful (they never have!). I do keep shoes for years and years but wear the same two or three pairs all the time. I’ve just found a pair in a box – lovely – I had forgotten I had them. I adore coloured shoes. I adore shoes! Thank you for the prompt and no, you are definitely not too old for those boots….

  4. Jodee permalink
    October 5, 2012

    You will be VERY impressed with my “Shoe” downsizing –
    From 113 pairs down to 28! (not counting flip flops and yard shoes… really, these are not shoes but utilitarian foot covering.)

    I did how ever notice a lack of a certain pair of moccasins that were also culled from my collection! lol.

  5. October 5, 2012

    No post on shoes could ever be boring! However my husband would probably have the same response as yours! The past few weeks I have been contemplating putting away my sandals and bringing out the boots and ballet flats and also doing a stocktake of what I have, what i never wear and what i think i need. I’m still in procrastination stage….
    P xo

  6. October 5, 2012

    I love the idea of a shoe stocktake and spring clean. Fresh starts are good. I may have to do this too on my blog, hope you don’t mind me copying the idea? Love the loafers – I don’t own a pair but feel like a should.

  7. October 5, 2012

    I’m with you there. I’ve culled and culled and culled my shoes over the past 5 years. The funny thing is I don’t miss the ones I got rid of, no matter how gorgeous they were. I subscribe heavily to a minimalist lifestyle. I think the move from NZ to the UK scared me enough to never own that much junk in my life again.

    BTW, you’re featured in my Pass It Forward series. I just had to showcase your blog as you’ve been an inspiration to me :)

  8. October 6, 2012

    I loved you shoe stock take , I thought I didn’t have many shoes but reading your post made me realise that I must have a similar number. I did a clothes stock take last week as I changed over my wardrobe for the season and removed the items I have hardly worn to take to a charity shop.
    Thank you for enquiring about the floods they have been bad again but the worst has been in the North of the country. I try not to use twitter but enjoy watching Monty Don on TV. Have a great weekend.
    Sarah x

  9. October 11, 2012

    Yes, I’m with you on living minimally. Our “movable” lifestyle, not knowing where we’re off to the next year, has inflicted that.
    As for shoes, I’m all about flats, wide-fitted ones, and soles with a good grip… I just love to walk!

  10. October 14, 2012

    Definitely interesting for me… I am SO impressed you keep your collection down to 15 pairs (am definitely not showing this to my husband!). I have those exact tan wedges and love the way they lengthen my legs :)

    As we’re coming into winter here, I’m starting to assess my boot situation and am finding it sadly lacking – something I’ll need to rectify over the coming weeks!

    ps. I got my cards in the mail – they are absolutely wonderful!

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