It takes one pair to get through a day.
Truly. But how many of us have WAY MORE than what we need? How many of us have a different pair for each of the week, or maybe even 3 weeks? I understand that you can’t wear your heels while running a marathon. You would be spending more money at the chiropractor or physical therapist than a new pair of shoes would cost. So yes, you do need certain shoes for certain occasions, especially living in a 1st world country where our work environments require a certain attire. Therefore, the need for different kinds of shoes.
Now, lets not make excuses for not buying tennis shoes, negating the need to exercise! Again, you need different shoes for different occasions so the question is, how do you organize them?
Do you use a shoe rack? Do you just throw your shoes in the closet in hopes that you can find a matching pair in the morning? No matter what your “system” is, shoes are something we all can probably stand to organize!
1. Toss any shoes that are beyond repair and are in despair.
2. Donate any that you haven’t worn in over a year. This is IMPORTANT! This is where we get down to business in organizing the shoe business!
- Do I love them?
- Are they “me”?
- Are they practical?
- Do they pinch my toes? Do they cause blisters?
- Do they itch?
- Are they uncomfortable?
4. An idea I once heard was to put all LIKE shoes together (i.e. flip flops, tennis shoes, etc.). Take a pair or two (or 3) out of each category and donate them. This quickly downsizes the shoe collection!
I would not consider myself a “fashionable” person, but more of a practical wearer of shoes and clothes. If it is uncomfortable to any degree, I probably will not wear it. Same with shoes. If I have to walk around in them all day, you better believe they better be comfortable, even if I have to for-go fashion for the time being. It is easy to collect shoes, in hopes of having ALL the “right” shoes to go with each outfit. The problem is, the outfit we wear with those specific shoes no longer fits, is out of style, or you are just plain sick of it. Unfortunately though, you still have the shoes to go with it.
Time to part with some of your kicks and kick them out the door!