My shoe collection has never really been that big – but that’s all relative of course! If I could, I would survive with two pairs of shoes only – my 8-year-old Blundstones, and my off-brand Birkenstocks. These two pairs alone could cover 75% of my seasonal needs. Being Canadian, I can’t escape needing winter boots. Curse you winter! (No really, winter is the worst.)
What I can escape, is needing many of the pairs I have accumulated since embarking on my minimalist journey.
How did I come to accumulate a bunch of shoe clutter I don’t need? Well, that’s a funny story and it comes in three parts.
Weddings Are The Worst
Ok, let me clarify. Weddings are not the worst, but they do a weird thing to me. I’ve had the privilege of attending four weddings in the last two years, and for each one, I felt like I had to purchase new outfits. Which is, of course, complete nonsense. But that’s how it played out for me.
Wedding Invitation = Inferiority Complex = Shopping Spree
Value Village for the Win
Being the frugal minimalist that I am, I marched myself off to my local Value Village to purchase ‘new’ shoes. While this is the conscientious and environmentally friendly choice, because I can afford to buy more than one pair of shoes, I did! In my recovering shopaholic brain (more on that coming to the blog in a couple of weeks), the deals at Value Village were too hard to resist. Why only buy one pair of used shoes when I could afford 2 or 3 pairs for the same price as 1 new pair?
So I’m at Value Village, deciding which shoe gem will make me ‘worthy’ in the eyes of my wedding peers, when I spot them. A super funky pair of shoes that are totally my style, and within my budget. The only problem? They are a half size too big or too small. Confession time: I have this thing where I think my feet are either smaller or larger than they actually are. And of course, I convince myself I can stretch them out if they are too small, or add insoles if they are too big. Which, I’ve never actually done. So now, I have another pair of shoes added to my shopping cart.
The ultimate irony of this? I never wore any of the wedding shoes I bought to the weddings I was invited to – I wore an old trusted pair of ankle boots! So I accumulated all that shoe clutter for no reason.
That was an incredibly long explanation for something that could have been said in a couple of sentences. However, I think it’s a process a lot of you can probably relate to, so I regret nothing!
Which shoes are on the chopping block this month?
In total, I am minimizing 8 pairs of shoes from my life including two pairs of loafers, two pairs of boots, one pair each of rainboots, oxfords, heels, and sandals.
Why am I minimizing them from my life?
- They don’t fit.
- I’ve never worn them.
- I hate heels (and you should too).
- They’re in poor condition.
- They hurt my feet.
Where is my shoe clutter going?
Most will be going back to the Value Village I purchased them from in the first place. A couple of pairs are in good condition and are from desirable(ish) brands, so I might try selling them. Although, as we learned last week, selling requires a commitment that might be beyond me.
** Update: Since I originally wrote this post a couple of weeks ago, I came across some deeply discounted insoles that I used to make the Oxfords work! For once I actually followed through on my DIY attitude!**
If you want some life tested advice on how to start decluttering your life, check out last week’s post for a step-by-step guide.
Are shoes your minimalist kryptonite? Let me know in the comments!