Sure, chicks like shoes. And I am guilty of having purchased not one, not two, but THREE nearly identical pair of brown shoes, so I know that sometimes shoe-blindness sets in. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that with all the shoes I have in my closet, there are only five pairs that I regularly wear:
Black dress work shoes. Simple. Understated. Comfortable. They go with pretty much everything and are my go-to pair when I get dressed. Sure, I could wear those black patent leather loafers, but they kind of rub my ankle. These black shoes? Are like butter.
Comfortable summer sandals. These are worn not only every. single. day. in summer, I also put them on during the winter for putzing around the house. I spent a LOT of money on my Finns, but they are so comfortable and so well made that I have easily gotten the cost per wear down to about negative 25 cents in two years.
Flipflops. BUT ONLY FOR THE POOL OR BEACH OR REC CENTER SHOWER. These are NOT shoes. Ladies, come on now. The only reason to wear flipflops is to keep your feet from picking up disgusting athletes foot in one of the above mentioned areas. Invest in some decent summer sandals. Your feet and the world will thank you.
Black (or silver) leather dress shoes. Flats or pumps or sandals. Pick one. Pick a comfortable one and then wear them with EVERYTHING. Why do I have several pairs of strappy high-heeled shoes in my closet? Because I am an idiot and while they are great for wearing for about 20 minutes, pain sets in and then it’s over. I wear my comfortable (and cute! Seriously, you can find them!) black dress shoes and don’t have to worry about my feet blistering and bleeding and then ending up barefoot at a formal occasion.
Tennis shoes. You need to work out. I know. We all do. And unless you are swimming and can wear your flipflops to the pool (and ONLY to the pool -- okay, also in the shower after you swim), you’re going to need a good pair of workout shoes. This is the place to splurge, because you do not want to end up with a twisted ankle or bad arch support. You just don’t.
What kind of shoes are you wearing constantly? Please don’t say Crocs.
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