The Aftermath…

Ahh freedom…

The last 2 weeks I have been able to wear any shoes I want.  What a change from the Shoesapalooza challenge where I felt every day’s outfit was dictated by my shoe choice!

And of course I’ve reverted to some old habits. Like not really thinking and just grabbing the same 2 pairs of black flats. Naughty, I know, I can hear you now like a patronising parent ‘hasn’t this experience taught you anything!’

I obviously have too many pairs of heels for a girl who wants to wear flats everyday to work. I am on my feet most of the day so comfy shoes are essential. But heels are so much more fun to buy! I will need to change this way of thinking.  I have worn the red patent kitten heels twice this week, they are definitely going to become one of my favourite pairs of shoes, and are just the right kind of heel of me.

I’ve had some suggestions to do the same kind of challenge but with my many many handbags, or over 100 pairs of earrings, or my 30+ dresses and 30+ skirts.

Blogging fodder for the next 2 years maybe?!


Shoesapalooza Week 5

Saturday – Boots from ‘The Strand’       Another London purchase, end of season boots for only 10 pounds!  Bargain!  Probably the tallest boots I have.

Sunday – Gladiator Sandals     A ‘Personal Admin’ day of shopping etc, comfy jeans and sandals please!  These are great for summer dresses when thongs are too casual and heels are too dressy.

DAY 30!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    Monday – Summer Sandals     Well I made it!  30 pairs of shoes in 30 days. Incredible. But back to today’s pair. I would wear these about 3 times a week in summer to work, the classic black, flat sandals. Still a bit cool at the moment so these go great with wide black pants.

The challenge is over, but what didn’t make the grade?

The following shoes were not worn during the 30 days, mostly heels. I realised that I must love buying heels, but wear flats a lot. So I promise to wear these heels in the next few weeks, nights out only.

Another pair didn’t get worn because they are too lose, so need to see the cobbler to tighten the straps, as I do love them.

Still more didn’t get worn as they only go with one or two items of clothing in my wardrobe (ok, ok, poor purchases I agree). Or I just am not that keen on them (yes yes, time to recycle) Or they’re more summer shoes and it’s just a bit cool right now.

And the sparkly Dorothy number?  They are so special they are more like display items than wearables!  A few weddings coming up, maybe I’ll wear them  then !   🙂

Shoesapalooza Week 4

Saturday  –  Cork Wedges      A day out and about called for these comfy heels, shame that the bottoms are wearing a bit. Re mixing the paisley top from dinner last night with a denim skirt and leggings, staying in the city means re mixing a few core items!

Sunday   –    More Red heels     Clearly I am just a little obsessed with red shoes, Dorothy obsession aside. Just heading out for a BBQ so put on these little heels, perfect for days of not much walking…  I love heels, but they are not the comfiest shoes to wear.

Monday   –  Skater Slides       Off to camp today, so rocking super comfy flats for bus trip, high ropes course and bushwalking. These little delights were from Shelley’s in London, and are usually found in my soccer bag to put on when the boots come off!

Tuesday   –   Channelling  Giselle      I bought these Ipanema flip flops / sandals in a dodgy shoe shop in London’s East Ham back in 07. Way before Gieselle was the face of Ipanema, I think they were a bootleg pair, found in a plain box and only 10 quid!  For 6 weeks trekking around Eastern Europe they were perfect for night to day backpacker elegance.  Today, they are going kayaking!

Wednesday   Sneakers today, last day of camp.  Back to Shoesapalooza tomorrow!  Day 26!

Thursday  –   Sensible flats      Sometimes I feel like these are like those sensible shoes you buy at chemists. My mum has several pairs. Despite their comfy appearance, they seem to drag and stick a bit, and I have been spotted almost tripping a few times whilst wearing them.

Friday – Pink Cowgirl Boots    I bought these in Amsterdam in 2005 for 100 euros, and love them! They always get good feedback too!

Shoesapalooza Week 3

Saturday – More boots…   These are just a tad too big, perfect with stockings and socks. Matched with my favourite dress, from Living Doll in Melbourne. Too bad this outfit never made it out to dinner, dining in!

Sunday – Golden Heels    Can’t remember where these come from, but another pair of strappy heels, I have heaps like this! The favourite jeans are getting a work out because they are the only ones that fit they look so good, and another bargain top from Kmart – $10!

Monday -Black flats     I go through phases with these shoes, didn’t wear them for years, then went nuts wearing them as my favourite stockings match, and have gone off them this winter. Since winter is over this week, thought I’d squeeze them in!

Tuesday – Pointy Flats    Took me ages to buy pointy shoes, as someone with stumpy short toes, they appeared uncomfortable. If you find the right pair they don’t squash your toes, and these are fine. I find I can only wear them with long pants though, and not skinnies. Weird huh?

Wednesday -Dorothy Perkins Sparkle!    Ahh I miss Dorothy Perkins from my days of living in the UK. Along with H&M, River Island, Miss Selfridges, TopShop and New Look! These are so cute, but the slouchy sides mean they fall off a lot. I end up just becoming frustrated with them!

Thursday – White Kitten Heels    I have these in 2 colours, and as long as the back sling back doesn’t get too loose they will be fine! Very Spring like, perfect for the first day of Spring!

Friday – New Heels Again!      There were one of the pairs that spurred on ‘Shoesapalooza’, and I’m glad to finally wear them. Despite their neutral tones, I found it hard to create an outfit, but settled on a newish paisley top and a slinky pencil skirt for dinner in in the city 🙂

Beaver v. The Wardrobe

After a combination of a collapsed shelf, two episodes of various next top models, and a trip to the shops where I purchased TWO pairs of new shoes, I decided to revamp and rearrange (read: clean) my shoe storage. In 2 wardrobes with 2 racks, one shelf, a basket of flip flops (thongs for the aussies, jandals for the kiwis) – I took a stock take of my shoes.

Here is what I found – An astonishing 42 pairs!  (That was after I put 4 pairs in the clothing bag for charity).  Not counting another 8 pairs of thongs, gumboots, 3 pairs of joggers, ugg boots and soccer boots!

I felt a range of emotions, I was proud, disgusted, confused, inspired, overwhelmed, guilty and then inspired!

After seeing other bloggers take part in the 30 for 30 challenge (where you wear 30 items of clothing for 30 days) I decided to give myself my own fashion challenge.

Introducing – Shoesapalooza!

The Aim: To wear a different pair of shoes every day for 30 days. I rationed that out of 42 ish pairs I could definitely find 30 I could wear every day.


1. Sneakers, thongs, ugg boots and soccer boots do not count.

2. Any pairs can be worn, but only once in the 30 days.

3. I can only re-wear a pair of shoes within the 30 days if on that particular day I wear 2 pairs of shoes (eg flats at work then heels at night).

4. Putting the shoes on and strutting around my apartment for 2 minutes then taking them off DOES NOT COUNT as a daily wear. No not even the sparkly red Dorothy heels.

5. No shoe buying of any sort for 30 days at least… The idea is to maximise what I already have not feel the need to buy more.

To keep myself honest, I’ll track this mission here.

Beaver v. Shoes begins tomorrow!