Sunday, January 06, 2008

A Shoe Inventory

It’s that time of year when we all like to slow down and take stock of our lives. I find that impossible to write about without sounding like a poncy hack. So instead, this year, I have chosen to share with you my stock-taking of something nearly equally important to my life as a whole. My shoe collection. This was prompted by my “accidental” purchase of 3 pairs of shoes yesterday.

Let’s break them up into categories shall we?

Functional Shoes
1 pair winter boots (very practical)
1 pair good quality hiking shoes
1 pair gym shoes (these have possibly started decomposing due to lack of use)

Special Event Shoes
1 pair medium heel beige (these were the shoes I wore to my wedding, they’re pretty comfy)
1 pair basic black pump (these were my aunts, they are one size too big and the narrow heel is too high for me)
1 pair open back brown heeled sandal (these are a bit too narrow for me but I love them)

Grown-Up Lady Working Shoes or variations on a loafer
1 pair black medium heel loafer (I like them because they have a cute buckle)
1 pair brown medium heel loafer (functional but ugly Payless shoe)
1 pair black flat loafer (totally cracked across the sole but still quite comfortable)

Mary Jane-esque
1 pair black heeled Mary Janes
1 pair brown heeled Mary Janes (these are in fact identical to the black ones, except they’re brown obviously)
1 pair black flat Mary Janes (the heel is a bit Grandma but they are cute and functional, these could also be slotted in with Grown-Up Lady Working Shoes)

Summer Shoes
2 pairs bamboo flip flops (I love them. I have run them ragged)
1 pair sneaker slip-ons green and pink striping (just slightly too small to be truly comfortable)
1 pair sneaker slip-ons denim pattern (awesomely comfortable, no arch support makes them bad for walking though)
1 pair Tiva style Clarks black sandals (less sporty than a Tiva but with all the same support and function. Tragically I appear to be missing one)
1 pair slip-on black open toe sandal (the mannish kind with the thick strap, very good at work sandals)
1 pair slip-on brown open toe sandal (cheap and sometimes painful sandal, good only for wearing at work if not much walking is required)

And the rest...
1 pair brown workman style boots (I bought these to wear when I was scooting. To keep my ankles warm. But they were ugly so I wore my cute sneakers instead)
1 pair black oxfords (I bought these because I thought they were cute and vaguely bowling shoe retro. Then my fashion challenged boss showed up wearing the same pair one day. I haven’t been able to wear them since.)
1 pair navy blue Vans (my go-to sneakers, they have a hole in the bottom and have so been replaced by…)
1 pair brown and plain patterned sneakers (not as much athletic support as the Vans, but very cute.)
1 pair extremely scuffed suede black high heels (also slightly too large. They were my aunts and function as my desperation dress up black heels)
1 pair extremely dusty black heels (I think I bought these in Thailand because I needed some more work-appropriate shoes. A land filled with cute shoes that didn’t fit my wide feet. A travesty more like)

So there you go. I think I can cull about 3 or 4 pairs from that list. So that would take me down to about 22 pairs of shoes. It would be a reasonable amount of course…except for the lack of colour. I suspect about 10 more pairs would get me into fighting form.

Thank God for January sales!


K Johnson said...

Your shoe inventory is obviously lacking. I suggest the purchase of at least 3 pairs of kicky ballet flats in bright colours - I think every one needs at least one pair of red shoes...not that I currently have a pair myself...
Shopping trip, you and me, ASAFP (that would be as soon as financially possible).

Meg said...

I think you also need something textured and/or shiny. Patent is so hot this year. Also, some mock crocodile. And a pair of brightly coloured ones. Maybe something in a wedge. Something checkered or polka-dotty or striped would also be cute. Maybe something blue.

Shooooes. I love shoes. Too bad I went nutzo on specs and now can't afford shoes until next month.

Lady Rose said...

ewww. no wedges. I hate wedges. and faux animal prints.

but I definately need more colour. I think one pair shiny red heels and then a couple pairs of ballet flats. I'm thinking blue, perhaps green, or purple.

I'll start saving up.

Breanne said...

I agree with the need for colour - your special event shoes were just sad. That is the category in which to purchase red shoes, pink shoes, crazy strappy shoes that clearly have no real purpose other than looking cute with a certain specific outfit.
Ballet flats are also mandatory. And you can convince yourself that they fit in many different categories (work, weekend, summer, spring, fall) and therefore can buy more of them. This is what Megan taught me. :)