I know I am a quitter — I never finished my 100 pairs of shoes blog. I could have slogged on, I could have ignored the fact that I had only one or maybe two readers. But let’s face it, seeing crazy shoes that other people are wearing is just not as fun as seeing new shoes that we could be buying!

New shoes, buying shoes, collecting shoes, Imelda Marcosing. I don’t know exactly when I allowed myself to start going crazy over shoes — I do remember when I didn’t allow myself to purchase in excess. So, as the Byrds sang, and Solomon wrote, to every season…

A season to buy, a season to obstain. A season to wear sky high stilettos, a season to wear Dansko clogs. Here’s to a new and improved shoe buyer, shoe lover. One who buys the Goldilocks amount of shoes!

Why the change? Is it dreaded middle age? Is it bunyons, corns, or nerve damage? Why, why, oh why?

Well, self, I’ll tell you. Because at the age of XX, it’s time to grow up. Time to embrace maturity in its best sense. Time to –well–help two out of three offspring get through college. So here is the list that will help you get through this new unshoeing stage:

  1. Other women don’t buy a pair of shoes every week, you don’t need to either.
  2. You have almost 200 pairs of shoes, surely you can find one pair to go with that outfit.
  3. You don’t go to charity balls or cocktail parties on a regular basis, so you don’t need to “stock up” on satin Louboutins.
  4. People who judge you primarily on your shoes aren’t that interesting — but people who strike up a conversation over your shoes and move on are.
  5. Your feet are more than shoe stuffers.
  6. The money you save can feed a child in your city.
  7. The money you save can fund a plane ticket to Hawaii–to visit your University going child.
  8. You can buy more shoes next year.
  9. Boots count as shoes.
  10. You have shoes or boots that you still haven’t worn yet.

Keep focused and stay out of the shoe department!

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