A very eclectic assortmentWhen it comes to footwear it is safe to say I have a very eclectic mix. I am not and never have been one of those females with a large shoe collection. For the majority of my adult life, it has actually been more of a chore than a pleasure buying them. I have quite a wide foot and simply struggle to find shoes that fit. If I’m honest I have had more shoes from the boys’ section than the ladies in the last few years. What I do have, though, it a bit of a collection of assorted footwear for varying purposes and some of those purposes simply won’t be needed again I doubt. So let’s crack on with this and see what I can purge and no laughing at my pyjama bottoms…
Tap ShoesFrom the ages of about seven to eighteen, I had dance lessons including tap dancing. About four years ago I had the opportunity to revive my tap dancing and I had classes for about a year and I really enjoyed doing this again. Not only did I have the class but also got to perform a tap dance on stage in Panto some goodness knows how many years since I left the teenage dancing chorus to join the “talking” cast. This was a blast and I’m really glad I got to take this trip down memory lane but alas just trying to get the shoes on my feet was a production in itself and I fear I have probably hung up my tap shoes for the final time.
Jazz ShoesThese are apparently Jazz Shoes (I Googled it!), I have never used them for jazz dancing or even done any dance of that variety. They were very kindly given to me to wear with a fairy costume, if I remember correctly, in panto about five years ago. I did look for a photo of them in action but unfortunately (thankfully) I couldn’t find one. I’ll be honest I got them on, just, but my feet were in cramp after about two minutes of wearing them. So long, farewell…
Modern ShoesThe last pair of dancing shoes I promise. I did try to put them on and very nearly succeeded with the left foot. I seem to remember at one stage that as well as wearing these for dancing they were comfortable to use around the house. When was this? In what Universe? I can only guess this was before fluffy slippers were invented!
Wet Suit BootsA success I got my toes into them. But what if I want to explore rock pools on a shingle beach? A young, healthy version of myself cries. I told her to get a grip and reminded her that these days I am more likely to need wheeling along the promenade than frolicking on the shore. Christie Brinkley, I am not!
Soft Winter BootsThis one is really sad, I will confess that these boots did not cost very much and I know that you usually get what you pay for but they are absolutely fine on the outside but the inside is a nightmare. I’m not sure if it is just a construction method for cheaper footwear but the inside has basically a plastic checkerboard design and the lining and padding have worn away to this plastic. It is fair to say that I wasn’t even going to attempt to put them on, why torture myself unnecessarily? The silver lining is that I only go out once or maybe twice a month now so I’m missing wearing them too much.
Sandal ShoesI don’t know if sandal shoes are actually the proper name but it works for me as they are basically halfway between a sandal and a shoe! These have exactly the same problem as the boots. Just out of sight at the very back of the inside heel, you can actually see the construction below. Although there is a leather style insert you just need to touch this with your fingers to feel straight through it. Another pair that would be perfectly wearable by the outside appearance but was let down by the inside.
What’s left after giving some footwear the boot?
So after giving six pairs of footwear the old heave-ho I am left with:
A pair of boots with good grips, these are a bit uncomfortable at the very top of the ankle but they have only been used a couple of times so are not really broken in. They are basically slippy weather footwear if needed.
A pair of comfortable trainers these are my go-to footwear if I go out to a shop or something.
My old work shoes, these might have been from the boys’ department they are actually pretty comfortable so they are my go-to smart footwear.
Karrimor walking sandals, yes, they are for summer wear and hopefully next summer I may even manage some walking. By the time it is warm enough to wear them I may have lost a stone or two. I need all the motivation I can get I’m relying on you to help give me a push!
A pair of patent leather ballet pumps, no support and not really comfortable but if I have an emergency dress-up situation I have something I can just about cope with…
Smart sandals, I actually got these for my hen do, I have only worn them a couple of times since and I confess I expected them to be in the to go collection but was pleasantly surprised.
So six gone and six on the rack. That just leaves the slipper collection 🙂