Four pairs of shoes. That’s what I’m packing for my trip to Florida next week. It’s probably about three pairs more than I’ll actually need, but in my defence:
1) two of the pairs of shoes in question are very lightweight (the flats and flip-flops), so they’ll hardly take up any room in my suitcase, or add much to the weight of it.
2) I’ll be wearing one of the two heavier pairs to the airport (I always maximise my luggage allowance by wearing my heaviest shoes to check in, and then changing into a pair of flats once I’m on the plane, or approaching security).
I now have a new challenge on my hands, though. Unlike my Shoeper Shoe Challenge, in which I have to wear as many different pairs of shoes as I can in the space of a year, this challenge will force me to wear the same four pairs of shoes over and over again for the next three weeks. Of course, I WILL probably buy at least one new pair of shoes while I’m away, so this challenge will become progressively easier as time goes by, but, well, let’s see how I get on.
In selecting which shoes to pack, I always try to stick to a colour scheme, and only take shoes that will work with everything in my suitcase. For this trip it was reasonably easy because I’ve been to Florida more than a dozen times, so I know exactly what to expect (I know, for instance, that I won’t be needing dress shoes, and if I DO find myself in need of some, I can always buy a pair there), so my capsule shoe collection includes:
The flip-flops are self-explanatory. The canvas flats come along for those times when I’m going to be doing a fair bit of walking, and don’t want the flip-flops to keep falling off my feet.
3– My red canvas wedges, seen here many a time now. I took these to Florida last year, wore them to death, and never before have I had so many complete strangers stop me and compliment me on my shoes – not bad for a pair of cheapy wedges from Matalan! They’re now looking rather the worse for wear: I’ve tried in vain to replace them, but couldn’t find anything that was just right, so I’ve washed them instead and am hoping to get a few more months out of them at least! These are perfect for vacations because they’re really comfortable and I can walk for miles in them, but they do have a high heel – I couldn’t face three weeks in flats!
4. Tan peep toes (which look better in real life than they do in this photo on account of the fact that moments before I took this, I kicked over the dog’s water bowl by mistake and soaked them…). These were a gift from Barratts a couple of years ago, and because they’re close enough to “nude” on me to allow me to wear them with almost anything, they were quickly became my “go to” shoes for Spring and Summer. Basically, if it’s a reasonably dry day and there isn’t a new Shoe Challenge post on here, it’s a safe bet that these are what I’m wearing. The consequence of this is that, like the red wedges, they’ve now seen better days, but I wear them so much I couldn’t not bring them with me…
Oh, and I’m also taking my running shoes, because Shoeperman is convinced we’ll be doing some running while we’re over there. I’m taking them just to humour him in this, but I’m not including them in my shoe tally, because my philosophy is that running shoes are only for running, nothing else. Ahem.
So! Four pairs of shoes (plus any others I might buy while I’m gone), three weeks. Can I do it? I don’t really have much choice…