imelda.jpgLucy Hulme writes...

It goes without saying that all of the Shoewawa ladies are complete shoe addicts - an obsession that my boyfriend for one, can't understand at all (although having said that, he owns a grand total of two pairs of shoes and a pair of football boots, so I don't always take his advice into account). However, it'll probably surprise you all that we don't all own hundreds and hundreds of pairs of shoes.

Yes, I do of course own the obligatory pairs of spectator heels, kitten heels, ankle boots, knee high boots, peep-toes, wedges, sandals, flats, stiletto heels, work shoes, evening shoes, day shoes... even wellington boots can be found. However, if I collected all the pairs of shoes I own together, and then divided them into pairs that I would and wouldn't wear, the grand total wouldn't be too horrific. Conversely, I have a ridiculous amount of clothes, half of which were rash they're-in-the-sale-so-I'd-better-get-them purchases, and most of which are too big/small/old to be seriously considered. The reason for this? I take shoe purchases particularly seriously.

I literally can't bear to buy a pair of shoes that I won't wear, meaning that I'm so careful with each shoe purchase that it's almost embarrassing. When I was younger, I used to buy shoes that were too big, too small and invariably too wide (I have exceedingly narrow feet). Now, however, it's a very different story.

If I buy a pair of shoes from abroad, for example, it has to have a number of character references from friends before I'm willing to take the risk. I always take internet shoe size calculators very seriously, and have been known to write letters in frustration when they have blatantly lied and the perfect pair of shoes I've just bought doesn't fit at all in reality.

So, Imelda Marcos with her estimated collection of over 3,000 pairs of shoes, I am not (although I can dream). What's your shoe purchasing style?

Lucy Hulme writes for Shoewawa, and a range of other Shiny blogs. No, that's not her in the picture...

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