And now for an entirely frivolous post.
After all, I'm a self-titled fashion blogger (pretty sure all fashion bloggers are self-titled, anyways), and I'm sure the world is very curious about my shoes and the stories they could tell. So I photographed every pair of shoes that I own. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you've probably already seen all of them on my feet.
Side note: I actually highly recommend this blog post as an exercise for all bloggers. Because of this post, I actually cleaned all my shoes, which, since they're shoes, ought to happen more often than it does. Blogging can provide motivation for such onerous tasks. :)
Pink Sparkle Converse - You've heard about and seen these shoes way too much on this blog. No apologies for that, because they are both bright pink and sparkly and awesome. I added the black shoelaces because the white ones that came with them didn't do the shoes justice. Bought in 2011.
Blue Hightop Converse - With zippers, too. My most recent shoe acquisition, from earlier this year, at a 70% off Converse sale (can't pass something like that up)
Pastel Polka Dot Keds - I've had these for a few years, since 2013, and because they're white, they've been through the washing machine a few times, with success. I added the shoelaces since they didn't come with any.
Purple Sparkly Keds - My 5th anniversary present from Angel. I like the original ribbon shoelaces and am using them so far, although ribbon is not the most practical material for bows that stay tied while walking. Angel originally bought a size 7, the same as my previous pair of Keds, but I had to exchange them for a size 6--either Keds has changed their sizing in the last few years or the slight style difference is enough to mean I need a smaller size.
Turquoise Jelly Bunnies - Birthday present last year, on sale at Jelly Bunny for 50% off. They're cute but they rub on my heels something terrible so I can only wear them with a bandaid.
Black and Red Flats - Angel bought these for me, a Christmas surprise, I think, after he saw me magnetically drawn to them while walking through J.C. Penney. 2012, I think. They are more comfortable than the blue pair, but less comfortable than the two pairs of flats I wore through during the year we lived in China.
Brown Clarks - I decided I needed the perfect pair of nude pumps for my college graduation. After many scouting expeditions, I decided on these...which are not nude. But they can serve the same purpose, and they're quite adorable on. They've held up really well. Also, 2012. Apparently, that was a good year for shoes.
Red Heels - A spontaneous purchase when they were on sale at Kohl's. Probably my all-time most complimented shoes, and it's all I can do to respond with a polite "Thank you!" instead of an "I know, right? Aren't they the cutest? I feel like Dorothy!" when I'm wearing them.
Black and White - Christmas money 2013, at a department store at the mall, and with the help of family who knew how to make a deal, purchased for about $30, although they were about double that originally. I love these shoes are so distinct, not like anything else I own.
Orange Clarks - I wanted comfy, open-toed sandals that were a style I could wear with skirts and dresses. Enter this beauty of a pair, found in a mall in Hong Kong. We thought long and hard about the purchase, because Clarks aren't cheap, but we decided to go for it, and though I've had them less than a year, their cost-per-wear is already low since I wear them a minimum of 3 times a week.
Chacos - My other comfy, open-toed sandals, but a pair that doesn't look great with dresses. Purchased by Angel for me in 2012 when he was trying to win me over to the ways of Chacos. Told you 2012 was a good year for shoes!
Purple Keens - Bought for our 2011 honeymoon (we honeymooned at Mammoth Cave National Park). They are in pretty rough shape these days, so I mostly only wear them around the apartment complex or for anything I don't want to wear nicer shoes to.
Adidas Sneakers- Bought just after we were married, so late 2010, early 2011. The first pair of shoes Angel ever bought for me. He thought I really needed a pair of athletic shoes that fit well and that were of reasonable quality. He may not have known back then that a pair of athletic shoes belonging to me will look basically pristine after half a decade. That probably says a lot about me.
Not pictured: Red Doc Martens. I still consider them mine, even though they're being 'looked after' by my sister in Michigan right now. Because Docs aren't that practical in a country where highs regularly hit 40 degrees Celsius.
What your shoe collection like? 13 pairs sounds like a lot, but I know I had more in the USA before our sort-of-minimalist international lifestyle began. I love every pair I own, and the memories that went with them, and the fact that many of the pairs have been gifts from Angel.
What kinds of shoes are you drawn to? Do you prefer variety in your shoe collection, or just a few loyal pairs that stick with you through the years?