How many pairs of shoes do you own?
The actual number is less important than your experience of this piece of your home and life. Do you stand in front of rows upon rows of shoes feeling overwhelmed every day? Do you have pairs that aren’t comfortable? That no longer meet your needs? That don’t reflect your preferences? Do you suffer from decision fatigue before you even step out to meet the world?
The average woman owns 27 pairs. I own 6.
And that is the exact right number for me. They serve me so well based on the 5 pillars from my Minimalist Wardrobe for Earth Mamas class: climate, lifestyle, comfort, fit, and style.
1. Vivobarefoot Boots
These high quality minimalist boots mimic barefoot walking while insulating from the cold, which makes them perfect to fill my Urban Cold spot. These boots are my go to for everyday city life in the colder months of the year: Hackschool event at a museum or out to dinner with my family.
2. Birkenstock Sandals
These classic hippie staples are my everyday go-to in the warmer months, filling my Urban Warm spot. You’ll catch me in these taking a kid to a dentist appointment or attending a support group meeting.
3. Boggs Boots
These tough all weather boots pair perfectly with my wool socks to fill my Nature Cold spot. These work horses shine while hiking through the temperate rainforest or stomping down a snowy trail.
4. Keen Sandals
These light-weight, versatile, amphibious hiking sandals cheerily answer the call of adventure, filling my Nature Warm spot. They splash across rivers and scurry over rocks while offering just enough support for ache-prone feet. Because of their ideal balance of durable lightweight support, I also wear these places where I’ll be active and on my feet all day like an amusement park.
5. Sketchers Sneakers
These memory foam, breathable sneakers are the shoes that pair with the clothes in my activewear drawer, stepping into my Athletic spot. Running, Krav Maga-ing (ya, I made it a verb) . . . if the intent is exercise then the footwear is usually sneakers.
6. Born Flats
These floral metallic ladies are for gettin’ professional or fancy, filling my Dressy spot. I can pair them with jeans, tee, and a blazer to class up the look for a professional event or wear them with my Free People lace dress at a wedding. Though after growing 3 large humans inside my body, my feet have grown a little longer and these are now too snug in the length, so I’m carefully considering a replacement to add to my gift list. The top contenders right now are Born Tripoli gladiators or the Birkenstock Lana wedges. Do you have any recommendations? I’ll update forthwith.
These are the 6 pairs of shoes that meet every need for me – all weather and every occasion. Of course, your 5 pillars will be different (and the Minimalist Wardrobe class can help you clarify them), so your shoe needs will look different. But hopefully in sharing mine, you are feeling inspired to let go of the clutter that doesn’t serve you well to make space for the quality pieces that are a perfect fit for you (figuratively and literally).