I loved this post by Gia so much about slashing her shoe stash that I replicated it (sorry, stole your idea!).
MY CURRENT SHOES AND BOOTS WARDROBE
Going from LEFT to RIGHT, TOP to BOTTOM.
AUSTRALIAN MADE UGG BOOTS: $189 AUD (Gifted in January 2014)
A relative went to Australia and I begged them for a pair of Australian-made UGG boots. They complied and then refused to take my money for them! Thanks!! I love these UGGs. They’re ugly (hence the name UGG, maybe), but they’re so comfortable and lovely to wear. It’s like wearing little pillowy clouds on your feet.
FRYE MELISSA BACK BUTTON ZIPPED BOOTS: $350 (Purchased in August 2013)
Love these boots. I think they’re great and super comfortable even without needing to put Birkenstock half insoles in them.
The only gripe I have is that the zipper on the back is sometimes finicky to zip up, but at least I don’t get this weird wavy zippered line on the side of my boots, and I kind of hate that stupid flap to button it at the back. Sometimes the buttoned flap comes undone, or sometimes it just won’t frickin’ button.
Other than that, fab boots.
NINE WEST KITTEN HEELED BOOTS: $300 (Purchased in high school, a long, LONG time ago)
These are my oldest shoes to date. I literally bought them in high school for $300 (yes, I was a shopaholic even then), and they’re extremely comfortable with Birkenstock half insoles in them. The heel is low, the leather is soft, and they look and feel great on my feet.
They’re really great dressy boots to wear with dresses or skirts, or even with pants tucked in to give a little something extra to an outfit when going out.
AIGLE MISS JULIETTE SATIN RAINBOOTS: $165 (Purchased in March 2013)
My holy grail of rainboots. They don’t even look like rainboots on my feet from afar, they just look like black boots.
Super comfortable with a slight heel, not squeaky or plasticky feeling, and with the cotton flocked lining, they’re easy to slip on and off.
Plus, they’re made in France.
KAMIK BOY’S HUNTING BOOTS: $40 (Purchased in December 2013)
These are made in Canada, and they’re my winter boots. They’re comfortable cheap, and all that I need when I am out in the snow, and slush in the dead of winter. Maybe they look strange to other people, but I wasn’t really willing to spend a lot of money on winter boots that will get ruined by salt and snow.
They’re also rated for -40 C because of the liner in them (meant for fishing / hunting). My only gripe is that I wish it came up higher on my leg as they’re meant for little boys, and they don’t make hunting boots for women.
ASOLO HIKING BOOTS: $400 (Purchased in 2011 for my year-round travel trip)
I bought these because they are the best shoes to wear (albeit the ugliest) when you travel and walk for 16+ hours a day. I wore these continuously for the entire year I traveled and my feet didn’t hurt as much as if I were to let’s say wear something cuter.
Birkenstocks are also great sandals to wear, but these boots are awesome during rain, snow or any other time when you can’t wear sandals, particularly Birkenstocks when it rains.
To put it another way, they’re the kind of shoes that military folk wear because they’re rugged and comfortable for long treks.
MANOLO BLAHNIK KITTEN HEEL BOOTIES: $240 (Purchased in December 2013)
I went on a little bit of a spending spree in December 2013 because I wanted to FINISH my shoe wardrobe. I bought these heeled booties because they’re great to wear under pants in colder months for work.
Otherwise, I tend to wear ballet flats or other kinds of shoes to get to work, then I switch out into pumps.
MANOLO BLAHNIK NEWCIO BLACK PUMPS: $200 (Purchased in December 2013)
Work shoes. That’s all they are. They’re comfortable, they’re black and I wear them only at the office.
MANOLO BLAHNIK NEWCIO BROWN PUMPS: $60 (Purchased in 2012 in Miami)
Ditto. In fact this is my favourite thrifted find for shoes so far. They were only $60!!!!!! I bought them in a consignment shop in Miami and love them. Super comfortable.
MISS SIXTY YELLOW FLOWERED SANDALS: $90 (Purchased in 2006)
I bought these on a whim because they were on sale when I was out with a friend. I just love the yellow flowers, and they look SO pretty on my feet. Plus, the heel is short which is a bonus for someone like me who hates to wear high heels.
SOFFT BERNIA BROWN SANDALS: $50 (Purchased in 2000)
Super comfortable sandals. They’re great for the summer, they have a bit of a wedge heel and it took a little getting used to because I was always scrunching up my feet in these sandals which caused the straps on my foot to pinch into my feet and blister… When I realized that my feet weren’t going anywhere, I relaxed my foot while walking and the blisters / pain disappeared.
CAMPER COBALT BLUE SANDALS: $100 (Purchased in August 2011 while I was in Paris)
Bought these on a whim while traveling in Paris. I love the cobalt blue and I like the minimal look of the sandals but they aren’t the most comfortable shoes for continuous walking. I wear them on slightly dressier outings when I don’t plan on walking a whole lot.
JOE FRESH SILVER BALLET FLATS: $20 (Purchased in 2010)
These are surprisingly comfortable but the leather needs to still be broken in. I KNOW. The leather is rather tough and unless I moisturize my feet really well before putting them on, I get blisters.
They’re my current “neutral” flats, although I am still on the lookout for a brown and/or black pair of ballet flats to finish the wardrobe.
CHOCOLATE SCHUBAR YELLOW FLOWERED BALLET FLATS: $100 (Purchased in June 2011 in Singapore)
These are ridiculously comfortable. I know it doesn’t look like it, and even though the sole is rather flat, it is the leather wrapping around my foot and the shape of the toe that makes them SO comfortable to wear. They’re also suede which is the softest leather, EVER.
I love these flats. I ought to take them in to be professionally cleaned..
CHOCOLATE SCHUBAR YELLOW & BLUE WOVEN BALLET FLATS: $100 (Purchased in 2011 in Singapore)
OMG. I love these flats too. Chocolate Schubar hit it out of the park for the year I purchased flats from them. I wish I had purchased a backup pair in this colour scheme or another pair of these woven flats. They’re actual ribbons woven around a soft leather, and I have begged the company to make them again but so far, no dice.
Love love love these flats. Must get them cleaned.
CONVERSE SLIMLINE WHITE SNEAKERS: $30 (Purchased in 2010)
Got these on a super sale at a store closing down. Very comfortable to wear, a nice casual sneaker to pair with jeans, and I like how minimal they are. They do get dirty though, being white… I ought to also clean these.
REEF GOLD FLIP FLOPS: $50 (Purchased in June 2013)
I did not have a single pair of flip flops in my shoe wardrobe and realized I was missing them when I wanted to go to the pool and beach, and had nothing to put on my feet other than Birkenstocks (not good to mix Birkenstocks with water..!)
So I bought these comfortable flip flops in a leather. They’re classier than plastic or rubber and don’t hurt my feet.
BIRKENSTOCK TAUPE SUEDE ARIZONA SANDALS: $150 (Purchased in 2010 in anticipation for my year-round travel trip)
LOVE THESE SANDALS.
Apparently they’re coming back in style, but I’ve been wearing them since 2011. The suede straps are very comfortable, they hug your feet, and they’re hideous but I don’t care.
They’re perfect for traveling and walking for long, LONG hours in a day, and my feet really love the hard insole of the Birkenstocks (took me 2 weeks to get used to the sole). They’re painful at first, but then they’re the most comfortable shoes you will ever wear.
COULD I SLASH THE SHOE STASH?
If I really had to slash 5 pairs (I picked a number at random), it would be difficult, but these 5 would go if I was truly forced to downsize.
ASOLO HIKING BOOTS
I paid a lot of money for these, in fact, I think they may be my most expensive pair of shoes in my entire collection (around $400 since my Manolo Blahniks are thrifted / secondhand)… so I’d really like to not get rid of them for the days when I plan on walking or hiking A LOT.
I’d slash them only because I don’t wear them as often as my other shoes, but they’re REALLY handy for when I need them.
I call them my specialty boots.
JOE FRESH SILVER BALLET FLATS
They’re a tad tough. They haven’t been fully broken in yet (the leather is not super soft), but they’re pretty comfortable if I remember to moisturize my feet really well before putting on these shoes so that I don’t get blisters.
If I had to get rid of a pair of shoes to bring in another pair I really loved, these would have to go. *sob*
CAMPER COBALT BLUE SANDALS
They’re really pretty, but kind of finicky to strap on with the buckle, and the straps are minimal so they’re not SUPER comfortable for very long walks. I wear them if I don’t plan on walking a ton.
I don’t wear them all the time, which is why they’d be cut if I had to cut them.
REEF GOLD FLIP FLOPS
I paid about $50 for these (!! no joke !!) but they’re super comfortable because they have a padded insole of sorts, and the leather is soft. I keep a pair of flip flops around for the beach or pool for whenever I can’t wear Birkenstocks or other shoes.
I also don’t wear flip flops all the time, but they’re great for when I need flip flops.
MISS SIXTY YELLOW FLOWERED SANDALS
Love these sandals. Wore them to a wedding and loved them even more. The heel is manageable, it’s comfortable and they’re really, REALLY pretty on my feet.
I’d cut these sandals only because I rarely go out to fancy events where I need such pretty shoes… but I really don’t want to get rid of them.
AM I MISSING ANY SHOES?
Yes. Two more pairs have to make it into my wardrobe, and I want a pair of moto boots and a neutral (black or brown) pair of ballet flats.
Then, I am safe to say that my shoe wardrobe would be complete. I wouldn’t need any other shoes or boots, and I’d have EVERY SINGLE OCCASION covered.