Shoes have the ability to change how we feel, how we walk, and the look of an outfit completely. There are lots of styles that I really like, but not many that fit me well. Finding shoes that fit my narrow feet is a struggle. I used to buy shoes a half size smaller so the width would feel better, but that creates other problems. When I decided to downsize my shoes, I let go of every pair that did not fit well, hurt my feet, or was poor quality.
(Vintage Nine West black strappy heels, Vintage Bass Sunjuns brown heels, Thrifted Frye black boots, Thrifted Freebird brown boots, Hush Puppies black ballet flats, Vintage Thom McAn brown sandals (old “new” stock)
I’ve purchased narrow shoes online which sometimes works out well, yet they can also be too narrow or not narrow enough. I find vintage shoes on Etsy, and also find great shoes shopping consignment locally. Two weeks ago I ended up donating a pair of vintage black lace up ankle booties which were stretched twice at the shoe repair and were still too narrow. Luckily I found a great pair of brown ankle boots to fill the slot. For my casual lifestyle and for where I live, I find that having six pairs of shoes works best for me in my capsule wardrobe.
My minimalist shoe collection includes two pairs of boots, two pairs of heels, and two pairs of flats.
I don’t wear heels often and absolutely love a great pair of boots. I think I have always been drawn to boots because with a thick pair of socks, I can have a perfect fit. Boots also give an edge to a look. I would love a pair of heeled pumps, but until I find a pair, I’m good with what I have. My shoe collection is small, but for now suits me just fine.
I recently found this pair of brown boots from Crossroads Trading, one of my favorite resale shops. Although amazing quality, the lining was a mess and the soles where worn out. I took these boots to my cobbler to have them renewed. I paid more for the repairs than I did for the boots themselves.
These boots were obviously well loved as well as upcycled from a taller boot to an ankle boot (most likely with a pair of sharp scissors) by the previous owner. I evened up the cuff of the boots a bit myself with scissors since they were cut unevenly. The new lining and added rubber soles was definitely a good decision. I also think the color and worn look to them is amazing. I have a feeling they will be a great addition to the collection. I loved giving these boots new life!
I’ve seen some minimalists with an even smaller shoe collection, and others with more. It’s just about finding what works for you!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)