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two days ago, a colleague asked me this question out of the blue: how many pairs of shoes did i have?
ha! i’ll admit, it took me about a minute before i gave him an answer, which was about 15 to 20, i told him. he then (yes, a guy asked me this question!) looked at me thoughtfully and nodded, turned to someone else beside me, and asked her the same question. his question got me thinking, just how many pairs are essential to any woman’s wardrobe? if you randomly pluck a woman on the street and ask her that, i’m sure she’ll say the same thing i would, “there will never be enough!” but the sad (okay, frustrating) truth is not all of us are blessed with the resources to buy any pair that catches our fancy. so i started to think about shoe must-haves for every woman (not an easy task, i tell you).
here are the things i think women should consider when stacking their shoe racks:
1. buying a few pairs in monochromatic colors. think black, brown, white, and red. almost anything goes with these colors. choosing monochromatic colors gives you more mileage per pair (sounds very technical, i know) and gives you a wider range of colors and prints to pick for everything you’re wearing above your ankles.
2. making sure you have at least one each of different shoe styles. different occasions call for different types of shoes. this is my personal checklist of what should be in my shoe rack (a pair of the following):
- flip-flops (a given)
- ballet flats,
- sandals (one for a casual day out and one for a dressier outfits),
- peep toes (they’re just the right amount of sexy)
- and of course, a fancy pair of stilettos for a night out.
3. investing in a second pair of your favorite shoes. sounds wasteful, i know. but the times i wish i had done so are too many to count. i don’t know about you, but i tend to have favorite “go-to” pairs that i use, which match almost all of my clothes. using them day in and out causes wear and tear, and next thing i know, the straps or heels have snapped, and my once-glamorous and fancy feet accessory is now a grubby looking pair that ispast unrecognizable. so i schlepp back to the store to get another pair, and lo and behold! i can’t find them anywhere. lesson learned: if there is a pair that i absolutely cannot live without, i must get a second pair of it.
4. purchasing a fabulous-looking, attention-grabbing pair of shoes. once you have the basics, it’s never a bad idea to tap into your inner wild child and get yourself shoes that are a statement in itself, one that screams, “Forget my outfit, looks what’s on my feet!”
5. brands aren’t everything, and not always does expensive translate to looking good. being one of the regular gals (read: one of those who actually has to work to earn a living), i don’t have the luxury of buying shoes that cost an arm and leg. for us living in the real world, looking good and feeling good doesn’t necessarily have to mean expensive. with lot of TLC, i’ve found that many a pair of my nameless, outlet-store-bought-but-snazzy-looking shoes last longer than i’d expected. and as for shoes with prices that make me gasp for air, well . . . sure, a lot of them give me a OMG-i-wish-i-could-afford-them feeling, but i’m a firm believer in the saying, “money can’t buy you taste or style.” and i’m just gonna leave it at that. 😀