I was thinking about my shoe wardrobe the other day and realized…
I CONSIDER ALMOST EVERY PAIR OF SHOE / BOOT I OWN TO BE ESSENTIAL
I really do. I wear them all, they all serve a purpose and each season lets me wear certain shoes more often than others.
What I don’t really need is the same of each shoe in different colours, even though I like variety, I find shoes to take up a lot of space and to be very underused if I have too much variety.
MY ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL SHOE / BOOT LIST
Taking into account I live in Canada and we truly get 4 seasons in a year, this is what I consider to be essential:
1. WATERPROOF, INSULATED WINTER BOOTS
$30 Boy’s hunting boots from Canadian Tire by Kamik (made in Canada) fit this bill.
Rated for -40C (-40F), they keep my feet dry, warm, and stable in icy, slippery conditions. I made my mother buy a pair and she loves them. She can’t believe she went for so long without having a proper pair of waterproof, winter boots.
2. SUMMER / SPRING / FALL RAIN BOOTS
In the summer I could technically wear those hunting boots and just remove the insulated lining but then they become too large and bulky to walk around in, so I have a pair of Aigle Miss Juliette Satin Rainboots.
3 &4. TWO PAIRS OF MID-HEEL PUMPS FOR WORK
In black and brown; both are thrifted Manolo Blahniks.
5. 1 PAIR OF MID-HEEL BOOTS FOR WORK
This is to wear under pants for when the weather becomes chillier but not cold enough to have to wear winter boots and change into pumps at work.
6. KNEE HIGH BOOTS
An essential for me! I bought the Frye Melissa Back Button boots.
7. FLIP FLOPS
The only pair you need to bring to a beach, otherwise sand gets everywhere.
8. LONG-DISTANCE / TRAVELING SANDALS
Birkenstocks win, hands down.
9. BALLET FLATS
At least one pair in a neutral colour, which in my case is metallic silver.
Casual, Converse slimline sneakers.
11. DRESSY SANDALS
You need at least one pair! Or at least, I do. These are Miss Sixty Flowered sandals.
MY SEMI NON-ESSENTIAL SHOES THAT I OWN
12. UGGS — MADE IN AUSTRALIA
Bought in Sydney, they are UGG AUSTRALIAN MADE, and not sold anywhere outside of Australia as far as I know.
All the UGGs you buy in North America (UGG Australia and Emu) are made in China by American companies. They’re not Australian-made.
13 & 14. TWO EXTRA PAIRS OF BALLET FLATS
Can never really have enough, if I am to be honest. I have two pairs aside from my silver shoes, one in a citron yellow and another in a blue and yellow weave.
SHOES I STILL THINK ARE MISSING FROM MY WARDROBE
15. TRUE DARK NEUTRAL PAIR OF BALLET FLATS
Still hunting for the perfect pair in a black, dark brown or navy blue.
Lanvin might fit the bill if they weren’t so damn expensive at $500 a pop.
16. SHORT, FLAT MID-CALF CASUAL LEATHER BOOTS
Eying these Frye boots probably in an Engineer 12 so they’re slouchy and a bit more casual.
17. SUMMER SANDAL THAT ISN’T SO DRESSY (LOW WEDGE)
I want it to have ankle straps and to be in a neutral like dark brown or taupe. Something like this:
THE AVERAGE WOMAN OWNS 20 PAIRS OF SHOES BUT ONLY WEARS 7
Personally, 20 sounds normal to me as a woman. I’ve ended up with about 17 shoes as necessary / essential without being repeats.
In fact, I could probably get it down to 16 total if I removed one pair of ballet flats (the citron yellow ones).
You will notice that I don’t collect high heels or anything that is beautiful but impractical to wear or walk in (not to mention PRICEY!)