Minimal Wardrobe: 8 Pairs of Shoes

37 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 3 bags

My shoe collection is the least minimal thing in my life. I have tried to cut it down, but I simply find that I have a purpose for all of my pairs of shoes. I have never been shoe obsessed, but I do like having a range of shoes for different situations. I really prioritise comfort, and all of these shoes are incredibly wearable.

Here is a guide to all the shoes I own. The three handbags I own are included in the images.

Work Shoes

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I have a pair of pointy flats and a pair of loafers. These two pairs of shoes were purchased earlier in the year. They replaced one pair of suede flats that I had worn regularly for a couple of years. They had stretched out and faded to a dark green colour. I decided to treat them with shoe polish, but this was clearly not the correct response as it ruined them. I had originally intended to replace them with just one pair of shoes, but in the end two were a better option as I can minimise wear and keep them both in good condition.

Winter boots

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I love these boots for their comfort and style. I bought them in London in 2013. Unfortunately, their days are numbered. They have sustained a lot of damage on the surface of the leather. Furthermore, the right boot has started making an obnoxious squeaking sound. I’ll probably try to replace them next winter.

Heeled boots

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Aesthetically, I don’t love the chunkiness of these boots so much, but they are great for dressing up casual looks. They are but one of two pairs of heeled shoes I own, and these remain in my wardrobe because of their comfort and flexibility.

Formal heels

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I’ve mentioned these in my formalwear post. I will admit I have not yet worn them, but I really do have an adversity to heels to begin with. I will definitely wear these as summer progresses. Out of all the pairs of formal shoes I looked at, these were the most aesthetically pleasing and simultaneously comfortable I could find.

Joggers

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I walk and run as much as I can. These shoes are my life and I would wear them everyday if I could. Please ignore how stained they are.

Sandals

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I live in Australia. No need to explain further. 

Thongs

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Another Australian necessity. Beach, short walks, visiting friends… I use these all the time.

In terms of my handbags, I basically just own three clutches in slightly different tones and textures. I will write a post about these some time in the future.

I’m sure there are many of you out there who have far fewer pairs of shoes, but this is what I find to be appropriate for my current life situation. While I do not wear all these shoes regularly, I really feel like each pair has a purpose.


17 thoughts on “Minimal Wardrobe: 8 Pairs of Shoes

      1. You’re right, its probably not glamorous to some people. I happen to own sneakers, thongs (flip-flops), hiking shoes and a pair of falling-appart low heels! I like your shoes 🙂

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  1. I have an awful habit of buying colorful shoes. My current runners are super comfortable but pink. I love them and for now I’m okay with the color – moving forward though, I plan to buy shoes in black so they are easily matched with whatever I’m wearing.

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  2. I love your sandals. I live in the UK but would be grateful if you’ll send me the make! (If you know it off hand). Love the fact that every pair has a purpose. I want to apply this principle to my handbags. Do you have the same wardrobe all year? I do P333 but seasonally. Currently pregnant so I’m enjoying using my capsule wardrobe skills!

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