Every Wednesday, I’ll (try) to post up a Simple Living Tip, with an emphasis on tips that can be done while living a more traditional 9-to-5 life.
I know this will not be a popular tip for fashionistas or anyone who loves shoes, but I do think that paring down your collection is a worthwhile goal for everyone, especially if you no longer really know what you have in your closet!
I wrote down the number 12 before I even took stock of my shoe closet. Surprisingly, I was almost dead on. Right now, I own about 12 pairs of shoes, including two pairs of boots, which is very few for most women and a lot for some. Here’s my current inventory:
- Flats: Brown, Black, Gray, Dark Blue; (also have another pair of black flats that is past its prime and which I never wear)
- Pumps: Black leather, gray slingback
- Loafers: Blue
- Sneakers: Puma, Gray, Work-out pair
- Boots: Black mid-calf, Brown low ankle
- Sandals: Green
- Espadrilles: J. Crew
I must admit that I’m looking for another pair of black pumps to save my favorite ones from being worn to death as well as neutral sandals for summer. Even if I do add 2 pairs, I think it’s still a low total especially since I can’t wear Pumas or sneakers to work.
For men, 12 pairs of shoes may seem too high!
Everyone’s magic number is different. However, a dozen pairs seems to be a good, reasonable number if simplicity is your goal. Too many options makes it harder to pull outfits together. If you love shoes too much, you can apply this principle of less is more to purses or clothing. Most people end up wearing the same favorite outfits over and over again anyway.
What is your magic number? Can you get by with 12 pairs of shoes?