The Great Shoe Disposal Challenge

September 15, 2011 at 7:37 am | Posted in Fashion, Fitness and Beauty | 1 Comment
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well, I'm not as bad as Christina Aguilera

I don’t remember when, but at some point over the past year or so I made a rule for myself. I was not allowed to go shopping unless I got rid of an article of clothing that I didn’t wear anymore.  It’s a rule I should have made for myself regarding shoes too.

In a recent review of my shoe collection, I found that I have over 40 pairs of shoes.  I don’t really know how that happened since I’m really not that into shoes.  But when you realize that you have a pile of shoes by the door, a bunch on a shoe rack, a bunch in a plastic container, and a bunch in a shoe organizer, it’s hard to ignore.  Some of the shoes I have were bought for a specific purpose and were never worn again and a few were bought because I thought they were super cute when in reality they were not comfortable.  The biggest issue I have had with shoes is an extreme level of discomfort, to the point of pain.  But for some reason, I don’t get rid of shoes just because they hurt.  I store them away, forget about the pain and hope that one day I’ll discover them and wear them again.

Some of the shoes I have are ten years old!  What I could wear ten years ago is not equivalent to what I can handle nowadays.  Some of the old shoes are worn out, but I just love them so much it’s hard to let go.

Whatever the case is, I have to stop making excuses.  No, I’m not going to just start randomly throwing out shoes, and since I don’t typically crave shoe shopping, I’m not going to do a trade the way I do with my clothes.  Instead, I’m going to play a different game.  I’m going to pull out all the shoes I don’t wear on a regular basis and challenge myself to wear them.  If I don’t choose them over shoes I regularly wear, they will be disposed of.  If I wear them and am uncomfortable all day, they will be disposed of.  End of story.

So to get started, to get the momentum going, I disposed of two pairs of shoes I know I won’t wear.  One pair were silver strappy heels — I know ladies, so hard to find, how could I possible dispose of them?  You want to know how?  Because I bought them 7 years ago and the last time I attempted to wear them was last summer at a wedding and I didn’t last a half hour.  The second pair were brown strappy heels that I bought for after prom. They were actually comfortable at one point but the last time I tried them on, they were not comfortable — at all.

Next on the list for consideration — Kenneth Cole zebra sandals,white Aldo pointy shoes, and brown and pink Aeropostale sneakers (partially chewed by the dog).  And we’ll go from there.  The only goal I have in mind is to get this shoe pandemonium under control.  How do I think I am, Elle Woods?

And to be clear, when I say “dispose,” all shoes are being donated, unless they are in really terrible shape. It’s much easier to donate shoes and clothes than it is to donate books.  Seriously, what am I going to do with all of these books?  We’ll save that project for another time.
So, anyone going to join me in the Great Shoe Disposal Challenge?

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