Even if Wallis Simpson didn't say it, a woman can't own too many shoes. But how many does she really need? How about the right shoes for every occasion? Take inventory of your shoe closet and see if you're prepared for every occasion.
Shoes for Every Occasion
Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, was credited with saying, "A woman can't be too rich or own too many shoes." Or was it, "She can't be too thin?"
Fashionable shoes might be what we live for, but they must be functional as well. The real purpose of shoes is to protect our feet. The following list is just a suggestion. Lifestyle and climate makes it different for everyone:
- Athletic Shoes
That may look like six pairs of shoes, but don't worry there's more.
- For everyday wear, choose a fashionable pair of sneakers. Take a risk and get a pair in a bold pattern or color. Wear them for running errands, taking a stroll around the block or driving carpool.
- Do you run or walk two miles or more a day? Buy a good pair of athletic shoes designed for your specific activity. This is not the time to pinch pennies. This is not the time to pinch pennies. Buy the best pair you can afford.
Do you know how the word sneakers originated? There's a lot of speculation, but not a definitive answer.
Ballet flats, a prototype of the soft ballet slippers that ballerinas wear, continue in popularity. Wear this light-weight alternative to heels with a dress or pair of slacks anytime day or night. Make them gold and don't be afraid to wear them with blue jeans. Include a pair of sexy peep-toe flats in your wardrobe. Wear them for those dressy occasions when you don't want to wear heels.
Every gal needs a pair of red pumps to wear for a night on the town. These red pumps are to die for, and you'll turn heads wearing them, but don't wear them with your hot pants or loiter in front of the Big Man's Shop. If those jazzy pumps aren't your style, go for the classics and wear them to teach Sunday school.
Sandals and Flip Flops
Wearing sandals and flip flops during the summer is the next best thing to running barefoot like you did as a child. Both flip flops and sandals are available in fancy jeweled numbers and informal work in the garden styles. I live in mine and wear them out each season. If you do the same, save up in your piggy bank and get ready to purchase new shoes at the end of the season. You'll get next years flip flops and sandals at drastically reduced prices.
Repair and Recycle Your Shoes
Before you go shopping for new shoes, clean out that closet and get rid of the old ones. If you own an expensive pair of favorite shoes, don't toss them because the strap breaks or the stitching is coming out. Although they're a dieing breed, shoe repair shops do still exist in some cities. Donate any shoes you've grown tired of to a charity.
Organize Your Shoes
If you own an abundance of expensive shoes, a pile on the closet floor is not the place for them. Keep them in their original box, but first stuff the toes of your shoes with clean tissue paper to help keep their shape. Tape a photo of each pair to one end of the box so you can find the right pair easily when you need them. If that's too much work for you, put them in clear plastic storage boxes. You can find them really cheap at Walmart.