The Skinnier Shoe Closet: Keeping, Returning, Expunging, and Donating

by Elle

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One of my initials goals for this blog was to help me manage my ever growing collection of shoes. I started the collection when I was a teenager and it has since ballooned to a significant amount. In many ways the title and namesake of this blog was to celebrate my shoe collection. Initially, I thought about the name and what I really wanted to accomplish. I really deliberated on word usage and syntax before finalizing the name of the blog. If it was called A Pair of Shoes for Every Day, it meant that I had a pair of shoes for every day of the year which honestly I am glad I do not have. I chose to call the blog A Pair of Shoes for Everyday because I wanted to start to par down my collection to pairs of shoes that were wearable for everyday and for many occasions.

Last year, one of my major goals for myself was to par down my shoe collection and just keep the shoes that I love and cannot live without. I started with a large amount of footwear in the beginning of 2012. This number included flip flops, pumps, sneakers, boots and other footwear.  By the end of 2012, the collection got down to a manageable amount, the number did pendulum but nevertheless the amount was still a lot.

At the same time in 2012, I started to review my shoe collection and decided to expunge many of the pairs I no longer wore and no longer felt reflected my personal style. I started throwing away pairs of shoes that could not be saved by a cobbler.  I gave away new and barely worn shoes to friends that wanted them. In the next round of expunging, I set aside shoes that were resell-able. I donated several pairs of shoes at the locale Savers or for pick up by locale charitable organizations as well as posted others on eBay or on re-seller websites such as Poshmark. I also took a few pairs to my local Plato’s Closet to be resold and started to return the items that were fairly new, unused, and bought on a whim before their return deadline. For the pairs that remained, I brought them to my cobbler to be resoled and fixed.

So what are the results? It is now 2014 and my blog is reaching another anniversary in couple of months and my shoe closet has definitely lost some weight. I have learned many lessons throughout the process of maintaining my blog. First and foremost, I have learned to be mindful of my shopping habits. I now look at the quality and fit of each pair I purchase. The shoe reviews that I have been doing really helped me fine tune the art of scrutinizing footwear and becoming more critical of the purchases that I make. I now read shoe reviews and scroll through feedback on shoes to really see if the pair is worth the purchase. After each purchase, I allow the shoes to grow on me and if they do not, I return them. I have started to look at price per wear of each shoe and if it really fits into my wardrobe and lifestyle.

What is in store for this blog in 2014 in regards to shoes? Because I do not plan on purchasing many pairs of shoes this year, I made a short list of possible shoe additions. I have decided to do reviews on my purchases, at least once a month.

If you have any shoes that you would like me to review, please feel free to leave me an email or a comment below. What’s on your shoe wish list this year?

XOXO,

Elle