Creating a Minimalist Home: Day 9- Shoes

A few posts back we talked about creating a minimalist closet but we didn’t even touch on shoes!

We’ve already create our capsule wardrobe, decided on our personal style, and made sure the clothes we have chosen fit and can go from day to night style with some simple accessories…but what about our shoe collection?

Collect up all your shoes into one place and divide them based on hot and cold weather. Think of them in terms of fit, comfort, style, condition, and functionality.


Just like Cinderella’s glass slipper (which was really more of a pump…), your shoes should fit your foot. Don’t pretend to be an evil step sister and cram your toes into it just because it’s a beautiful shoe, and it shouldn’t need extra padding to keep your foot in place.



This is along the lines of fit. If you’re arriving to work, just to kick off your shoes, or your can’t want to get home to put  on slippers, your shoes are most likely not comfortable. Does that mean you have to sacrifice style? No. But you should be able to get through your work day blister and band-aid free.  (Getting married soon? Hey Lady Shoes has amazingly comfortable wedding shoes that you can dance in all night! I had the “At Tiffany’s” and they were truly amazing! #notsponsored)


Time for the fashion show. Choose an outfit from your capsule wardrobe to pair with some shoes. Will these shoes go with the outfits you’ve chosen to keep? If they don’t match anything in your wardrobe, you most likely won’t wear them, so don’t keep them!



Okay… If hot glue or krazy glue is anywhere on your pair of shoes, due to a sole coming off, or a heal breaking, it’s time to treat yourself to a new pair. If the shoe can be fixed by a cobbler, be sure to weigh the cost of the repair to the original price of the shoe. If they smell like rotten eggs, no one will want to be around you when you are wearing them or take them off to let that stench follow you like a stick shadow. Therefore you know where they belong…



Think about your lifestyle. Although you may not wear sneakers to your office, if you go to the gym… you aren’t going to be able to run a 10K in Louboutins… or if you work on a construction site, you need steel toes…Keep what you need to fit your lifestyle.

It can be tempting to see closets filled with beautiful shoes, in every colour of the rainbow and in every style…but the reality is, shoes are really there to help protect our feet from the elements (and sometimes to make out legs look longer…  )


How many pairs of shoes do you own?

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