I love shoes, especially boots.
I find it really hard to let shoes go even when they've seen better days. I totally understand why Emelda had her shoe collection.
A couple of years ago I hurt my foot when I wasn't watching where I was going. My heel connected with the ground but the front of my foot didn't... because there wasn't any ground, just air for several inches before the next pavement section. I landed flat on my face in spectacular fashion.
My high heels survived the ordeal, they were my favourites so I kept them.
I never wore them again. I kept them though. I kept all of my heels, I couldn't wear any of them because my foot never fully returned to normal after the injury. I made a new shelf in my storage room for them, boxed them up and filled those shelves to overflowing.
The few that didn't make it onto the shelves gathered dust in a Miss Haversham kinda style. I eventually threw the dusty ones out during a decluttering session as they had reached that stage of no return that unworn shoes get sometimes and I had to admit that they really were more worn and tired then I had thought they were.
My favourite heels were one of those dusty pairs. Yep, the ones that I was wearing when I damaged my foot. The heels and toes were all scraped up and they were not in good shape because I'm pretty rough on my shoes. I knew they had to go but I had this whole conversation about how it could be fixed or remade or, or, or....
No, they couldn't, they truly were beyond saving. It broke my heart but I got rid of them. I still have momentary pangs of wishing I had kept them.
I bought some Dr Martins at top dollar, they hurt my stupid foot and I sold them for a fraction of what I paid for them only having worn them for 4 hours. It took me over a year to make that decision.
I had some old leather closed toe shoes, the kind you can keep repairing for ever and they will last a lifetime. I think they had already seen two lifetimes. The innersoles had stuck to the bottom, they were ugly but very practical, I eventually decided they should go.
My shoe shelves were still overflowing.I couldn't bring myself to let go of my shoes, they would be great for costumes, or I could save the soles to make shoes for costumes. Yeah - I've got shoe problems.
Well I've decluttered those shoe shelves some more because I am getting better at this decluttering thing. I thought I would share with you some of those shoes so you can truly appreciate the depth of my problem.
That picture at the top of the page, they're the shoes I'm NOT keeping, and most of them hadn't been worn for 'some time' before I hurt my foot.
There's the 'Ice Queen' shoes from a work x-mas party. Yes, they're quite crunchy now.
There's the never been worn but they were on sale and matched some fabric gold shoes.
And the dead elastic and worn heel strappy things. Because I could totally replace that elastic, wear long pants to hide the worn bit and nobody would know - but I totally won't replace that elastic.
And these from - oh, the late 1990's? Gone.
Sorry? Oh, ummm, yes, that is a pair of morris dancing shoes on the left side of the shoe pile. No, I have never done morris dancing. And what? Boots? Hahahaha, don't be silly, I'm not getting rid of my boots!