Tuesday, November 03, 2009

so many shoes and nothing i like...

inspired by a rookie moms post called "evaluate, admire, photograph, and throw away your shoes"...i pulled all my shoes out of our hall closet this morning and made myself a grid. this is totally a post for lana's blog, "get out of my closet". heck, it's a post for ALL of us. if you are inspired and post about it (or just do it and don't post about it)...let me know.

SO...the shoes. i'm not a shoe person. this grid may make you question this but let me assure you, in dorms, no one was wishing that they had the same size feet as me so we could swap. i've been alternating between two pairs of shoes this fall: row three, pair 4 and row three, pair 6. both were way overworn last fall/winter/spring at work. both have terrible, thin soles that eventually make my feet tired if i wear them and walk too far. both leak and make my socks wet if it rains...umm...which happens often. and i've been lamenting about how "i need new shoes." now that i have them lined up like this, i see that i "want" new shoes. but nonetheless, i also see that i need, need, need to get rid of some of these.

now i HAVE put a few of these pairs on craigslist because they're in perfect condition only to have them not sell. later this week, i'll post a few pairs here to see if you want them.

those red ones really stand out, hey? i wore them on sunday. i have such bad blisters from 2 hours in those shoes that i'm still recovering. does anyone else have this problem? like, every pair of shoes gives me blisters. and if they don't, it's because they're lame. i buy shoes, knowing that people have to "break in" their shoes and i try. i honestly do. ask the people i have worked with because they've seen me walking around barefoot by lunchtime with bleeding blisters. yuck. it keeps me from being a shoe person.

so out of these 32 pairs, i wear 6 often, 6 occasionally, 3 pairs that used to be occasional no longer fit me post-pregnancy, and the rest are nevers. in fact, one pair belongs to liz - i should give those back. so how many to toss? i'm giving 8 pairs away to salvation army, 4 pairs i'll try to sell again before giving them away. 12 out of 32? it's a start at least.

7 comments:

RookieMom Whitney said...

LOVE IT!

I'm going to post this on the facebook.com/rookiemoms page!

I love your commentary. Your grid is awesome. And I'm so sorry about the blisters.

Alyssa said...

I just recently cleaned out my hall closet and was AMAZED how many pairs of shoes I had that I had forgotten about. I tossed a good 10 pairs of shoes/sandals/boots. I wish I'd read this post first so I would have made a grid and taken a picture:)

As far as blisters, I'm in the same boat. Every pair of shoes gives me horrible blisters at first, but I've started just pushing through that and after the first few painful weeks, they do go away. Although the scars on my feet don't seem to.

ashlee said...

i have the same problem...blisters are nothing that a WHOLE pack of bandaids can't fix :)

theRachel said...

Wow, friend, you do have guts to post the shoes on here. I am trying to remember what you were wearing on your feet when you visited in August...but I can't. I should probably go through my shoes and do this too. One pair I feel torn about is the shoes I wore for my wedding - silver Indian slippers - NOT comfortable. But I feel like b/c they're the wedding shoes I have to keep them. But I don't want to. Augh.

Dawn said...

wow- I totally hear you. I adore shoes, and I am tempted to take a photo grid of my shoes, but I'm not sure I have a floor space mammoth enough... maybe if I move all my furniture from my great room...

Lana Vug said...

WOW! And I thought I had a lot of shoes. You're my hero! Thanks for linking to by Blog (it is so undeserving since I rarely post)! Your post however has inspired me to rethink what I really need to keep and what I should be buying in future (when I'm allowed to again!).

I've decided there is an appropriate level to breaking in shoes, a little blistering is normal - obscene pain is not! I refuse to buy shoes that don't automatically seem like they would be broken in on the fist day. You also end up with less shoes this way because you become more picky. I find I have slowly stopped buying cheap uncomfortable shoes and a little more expensive, but supportive ones.

Jonny said...

You only need 3 pairs of shoes. Women need to take some lessons from men on this one.