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29 March 2016

My Shoe Collection

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. :)


First up:

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?

40 comments :

  1. I see you love flats! I love them too! Great shoes by the way. Love the pastel shoes with polka dots! Blessings

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  2. Fun!!!!

    I think my favorite pair of shoes are my floral Toms. However, I've had them since 2012 and they have lived through two years of Asia and their days are almost over.

    I do love tennis shoes, especially zero drop ones. They are like slippers.

    Thanks for showing us your shoe collection. It was fun to see =)

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  3. I love the black and white Oxfords (at least I think they're Oxfords?) I have 8 pairs of shoes: rubber shoes for travel/long walks/exercise, 3 pairs of ballet flats (one leopard print, which goes with everything! the other has a rubber sole for long walks, and the 3rd one is black with gold lining for dressier occasions), 2 pairs of sandals, 1 pair of nude heels, 1 black Vans classic. I definitely wear out my shoes and I purchase according to my current life season i.e., if I know I'll be walking around a lot, I invest in heavy duty shoes that can go with everything :)

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  4. Ooh, I used to be a shoe fanatic, no lie; I owned over 200 pairs of shoes.
    Now I am probably closer to 20?
    Might have to add this idea to my schedule for the abc blog challenge in April.

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  5. What a fun post and I LOVE your zippered converse. I still regret tossing a pair of vintage chucks while I was in college.

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  6. Your shoes are so fun and colorful! I have the same as your Dorothy shoes but in black. Love them except the heel is wearing down rather quickly!

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  7. Oh I absolutely adore both of those Keds! I seriously would own one of every color/print if I could-haha. They are so cute!

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  8. the saddle shoes are my absolute favorite!! I need a pair!

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  9. Your shoe collection looks a lot better than mine (although you don't buy cheap shoes so that's probably why!)

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  10. I'm swooning over those polka dot Keds! I don't own Chacos, but my Merrill sandals are pretty much all I wear from about April until November.

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  11. Keds are the best! I have three pairs!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  12. I love the black and white ones! They look super classy :) Haha, so my shoe collection is pretty much nonexistent...I have one pair of brown boots that I wear when it's super cold outside or when I dress in my Rey outfit (for watching Star Wars). But, since it hasn't been cold for a while and I haven't done my Rey getup for a few months, those are relegated to my closet. I also have a pair of gray rubber flip flops that I wear every day, everywhere. They've lasted me a couple of years which is awesome (and surprises me!). Finally, I have a pair of rubbery black sandals that actually look fairly nice, so I wear those to church and events that call for nicer shoes. Eventually if I get into exercising outside of my apartment, I may buy some kind of running shoes, but for now my 3 pairs work out quite well for me!

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  13. I love shoes. I retired in Nov. so I haven't bought any for a few months. Husbands says he doesn't see why I would ever buy another pair. lol I probably have 150 pair.

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  14. I'm drawn to anything that's either flat or high heeled but they have to be girly lol

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  15. I love those polka dot keds! I've actually never owned a pair of keds but I've banned myself from buying any more footwear. I have a few pairs of Converse that I love along with way too many pairs of flats, sneakers, sandals, heels and boots.

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  16. You have the cutest collection of shoes! x Natalie www.thegirlwithbangs.com

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  17. awesome collection! your chucks and keds are so cute! love the purple ones!!

    stop by and chat ♥ http://storybookapothecary.com

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  18. Got to love converse! I need to get myself a new pair!

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  19. I love the red heels and the adidas. I have a couple pairs of Converse, too and love them! I can't even tell you how many pairs of shoes I have. I have at least 7 by the front door alone!

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  20. Those blue hightops are awesome! I paired my shoes down a few years ago but I need to add another pair of walking sneakers. Especially now that I'm pregnant and have swollen ankles! Haha.

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  21. I love your turquoise jelly flats!! This is a great collection of shoes, mine is a lot bigger than this but I really don't wear many of them so I should probably pare it down just the basics!

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  22. Lots of cute shoes! I really need to go through mine and either clean or get rid of them. I know many of them would not photograph well!

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  23. Converse for life! I own a couple of pairs as well and I wear them all the time!


    Karin | truncationblog.com

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  24. I'm most drawn to ballet flats and sneakers!

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  25. Flats are so cute and I love them on other people, but I can't seem to find ones that are comfortable for me. You have some really great pairs of shoes here!

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  26. If I did a post of all the shoes I own, it would probably take up 10 pages! Shoes are my guilty pleasure.

    xx,
    Amanda || www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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  27. I don' like flats so much, probably cos I'm not that tall :)

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  28. Ok, I want your closet. I love shoes and I could use every one of these.

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  29. Love those blue high top chucks!
    -Linh

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  30. You've got so many cute pairs of shoes! I love the red flats and the sparkly pink converse--glitter makes everything better. :) I tend to buy the same tried and true shoes over and over again: I have a dozen versions of flats and sandals. They're what works! :)

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  31. You have a great shoe collection! I love your Keds - I just discovered Keds last fall and have a white pair. I have also been wanting to try Chacos. I worked at a summer camp a few years ago and almost all the counselors were wearing them. They look comfortable and are definitely something I would wear. As for my shoe collection, I just counted and it totals 10 pairs. I have mostly flats, sandals, a pair of nice boots, running shoes, 1 pair of heels and 1 pair of brown oxford-type shoes.

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  32. I think the red sparkly Converse are my favourites. Although if those red Docs were here it would be a tough call.

    I will not even get into how many pairs of shoes I own because it is down right shameful. I blame that on blogging though. That is my excuse and I'm sticking with it.

    bisous
    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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  33. Jealous of your converse collection, someday...

    I own 6 pairs of shoes; a pair of sneakers, keen sandals (like you), birkenstocks, flats, winter-ish boots, outdated dressy shoes and a pair of flip flops. I currently own more sewing machines than shoes. I could pair my shoes down to 3 or 4 but not my sewing machines! Perhaps I should take pictures of them...

    I could never clean my shoes up well enough to take a picture of them. I wear my shoes until they fall off my feet, literally. Depending on what goes next, I'm not sure that I'll replace them when they die.

    Always a pleasure to get caught up on your life.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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  34. Wow! You have so much cute shoes, I love all of the tennis shoes with different prints!

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  35. Such a fun post idea, you have a lovely collection of shoes and they are all so clean too (how!!!) The things that we bloggers do, haha. If I ever took it upon myself to do a post only shoes, then I am sure going to have to do at least 5-8 posts (guilty is charged ;)).
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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  36. Loved looking through your shoe collection, Rachel! Those red heels are pretty awesome!

    I have five pairs of boots: rubber for dirty jobs, snow boots, leather boots I wear pretty much all the time, and two pairs of ankle boots. Then I have two pairs of tennis shoes (I ran across an awesome deal and knew I'd need tennis shoes again after I wear the current pair out). I have two pairs of heeled sandals (my favorite pair is almost worn out), a pair of black dress flats, and a pair of classic heels. I guess that makes for 11 pairs! It's probably about time for me to go shoe-shopping again. All of my shoes are subdued colors: black, brown, gray, and green...not nearly as exciting colors as yours!

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  37. I don't have many pairs of shoes, but after reading your post I am now really curious!! I love how your shoes match the fun and bright personality that you have!

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