Living between a number of different homes in recent years, and having my belongings half split between the houses and half locked away in storage, I decided to indulge in a little shoe shopping to boost my seriously lagging collection. Given that my shoes were never all together in one place at any one time, I never seemed to be able to keep track of how many pairs I actually owned, or for that matter, where they all were.
Late last year I was finally able to reunite all my material possessions into the one house, a move which brought with it some good and some bad. Good on the one hand to finally have everything in the one place, but bad on the other because now I could actually see how many things I owned. And this included shoes… I very quickly discovered that there were (and are) a scary amount of shoes in my possession.
I did my best to do the whole ‘Carrie Bradshaw’ thing for a while and leave all my beautiful shoes carefully stored in their original boxes. And sure, this worked well for a while, mainly because it’s so easy and so convenient to stack shoeboxes away in your wardrobe. However when it came to the actual practicality of wearing the shoes, this storage system failed on a number of levels – It was too hard to get to the shoes, I still found it hard to work out exactly what pairs I owned, and the boxes just took up way too much space. And let’s face it, unlike Carrie I’m hardly working with seriously expensive Manolo Blahniks or anything even remotely close. It was finally time to relax the strict storage code and release the beauties from their boxes!!
Yes, this is an embarrassing number of shoe boxes (and this isn’t even all of them), and yes there are three stacked layers of shoe boxes shown in this picture. But let’s not focus on that… The emancipated shoes are now enjoying their freedom and relishing their new lives outside the stifling confines of their boxes.
Every wonderful pair can now be found lovingly displayed on my seriously cheap Ikea shoe racks (but that’s a whole different story). Thankfully all my shoes are finally accessible, properly stored and more importantly, now that I can see them, they actually have a pretty good chance of being worn.