My father always says to me, "Steph, you only have two feet; why do you need so many shoes?!" (if only Papa Ramirez knew).
Like outerwear, shoes make or break any outfit. Unlike outerwear, we tend to have more shoes than we need (myself included). Nothing makes you get rid of stuff you don’t need than not having enough space – in New York it’s psychological as well as physical, you just don’t have the space! This Wardrobe Wednesday I’m applying last week’s 80/20 theory to the shoes you need, the shoes you want and the shoes that are just so special you got to have, all while maintaining a streamlined capsule wardrobe.
Shoes For a Capsule Wardrobe.
First, let me say I’m not going to make you throw away half of the shoes in your closet (even though I did with mine). I used to have a whole 10′ x 3′ space just for my shoes; now it’s maybe 3 feet of space if I’m lucky. I’ve also concluded I don’t wear more than half the shoes I own, primarily because they are not functional when walking in Manhattan. My style has changed and with that so have my shoes.
Shoes Capsule Wardrobe: The Shoes You Need.
These are the standard shoes for every season and/or occasion:
- Flats (both in nude and black)
- Loafers or oxfords
- Classic pump (nude and black)
- Strappy sandals
- Rain boots
- Knee-high boots
This will get you through a classic wardrobe. I wear sneakers most weekends, booties all fall and pumps for important client meetings and/or dates while sprinkling all other styles in between.
Shoes For Capsule Wardrobe: The Shoes You Want.
Okay, so you want them all, but that’s just not possible on your New York budget. Carrie Bradshaw lied, owning Manolo’s on a writer’s salary is not possible. However, credit cards and actually saving makes some of these possible. It’s okay to splurge and give yourself a little TLC, you deserve it! Owning shoes of the season is just as important in identifying your style as having a capsule wardrobe – never apologize for it.
Shoes for Capsule Wardrobe: The Shoes So Special.
There really is nothing like a designer shoe. The quality, the brand, the craftsmanship, I can honestly talk all day about each one of these brands. Sometimes, there is a shoe so special that comes along you need it no matter the cost. When you find that shoe, keep it and cherish it forever.
I’ve become a bit bolder, a bit more adventurous and my shoes reflect that. I will also say opposites attract. I wear a lot of muted colors (grays, whites, blacks and neutrals) so I like to let my shoes be as bold as they can be; whether that’s an interesting design, heel height or pattern it’s all up in the air! Don’t be afraid to try something new, you’ll never know until it’s on your foot. Remember, 80% of your closet should be staples (should included). Once you have that, start implementing the fun pairs that will make your day a little brighter, walk a little easier and smile a little bigger. Until next time!