Building a sustainable wardrobe
Obsession seems to be the appropriate word for my relationship with footwear. I have an abnormal love for shoes; particularly socially "ugly" ones. The ones that make you look as if you've got horse hooves, always moodily stomping around. Having little to no arc in my feet (boo flatfeet!) means that my hips and lower back often hurt really badly when I stand or walk for too long. It's for this reason that I don't play with my footwear! I recently cleared out the majority of my wardrobe(s), leaving me with one railing of clothing, three brasiers, and 15 shoes, down from about 82 pairs. Yes, last month I owned 82 pairs of shoes. Eighty-Two, let that sink in. Only 3 of the 15 pairs of shoes I own now are high heels [Saved for special occasions]. Considering the fact that I only used to wear high heels, this is such an accomplishment for me. Especially since working full time, I still love dressing up and looking good—but not at the cost of messing up my posture over time. I'm choosing my health over sky-towering shoes. Plus, as I've recently learnt, flats aren't "useless and ugly" as I used to say once upon a time. On the contrary—I adore my collection of comfy shoes.
Which brings me to these babies pictured here. I've never really had a favourite shoe brand per-se. Rather I've always blown with the wind regarding the clothes that I wear. But if you read my previous opinion post on minimalism, you'll understand that I'm trying to build a sustainable style wardrobe. It's why these shoes are such a fantastic addition to my wardrobe. Apart from the excellent craftsmanship, they're very comfortable and not very painful to break in, considering they're made out of quite tough leather. Also the durable rubber soles absorb the shock of hard walking (and running in my case, if you live in London). Finally, I left this point till last—the colour! I practically foamed at the mouth when I saw this shoe initially, I quickly scanned my clothes rail to see if it would go with any of the items lurking there. And ladies and gentlemen, it goes with everything. A versatile shoe, that's stylish, well-crafted and good for my feet? I say yes please, and cheers to more in the future! Also, this quote that I lifted from their site perfectly describes me as a person; 'Bronx [Sherida] stands for Sparkling Femininity with a tough attitude."
fun fact: in university, my shoes always had a heel of at least 3 inches, so people always thought I was taller than I actually was. One day I wore flats, and everyone was shocked at how small I appeared. Alas, I'm only 5ft5, which is not terribly short, but not the 5ft8 everyone thought I was! Crazy, right?! And for the record. For everyone that believes this, 5ft5 is not short. It's average.