Pump It Up

A few things came to my attention recently as I glanced over my shoe collection.
1. I have way too many.
2. Didn't I just buy those a few months ago? How do they already look so...worn?
3. Dear Lord I can't wear those. I'd rather walk barefoot than wear those because they. hurt. me.
4. I don't have enough quality shoes.

The harsh truth about my shoes are that most of them are not great pieces. They're predominantly comprised of pumps with the heel tips long gone and flats that I avoid on behalf of all too familiar blister memories not to be repeated. It's my fault though, really. I'm admittedly pretty frugal and I've made a habit of purchasing shoes from places that don't focus on a quality product. Don't get me wrong - I love me some H&M and Forever 21 as much as the next gal - but shoes are an area where I think that imaginary line needs to be drawn.

The cycle goes a little something like this: Buy them, wear them, limp as a result of blister, hate them, wait a few months and forget the hate and said blister, wear them, hate them again, throw them out, buy new ones.

It's clear that my current shoe strategy needs to be revisited. Badly.
It's time to pump it up. I mean that more figuratively than literally, although pumps are certainly included in my list of quality needs. This fall, I'm focusing on shoe staples that will last me season after season. Ones that I won't want to pitch after a few months. Ones that I will be proud to have in my closet. Ones that will ultimately save me money because I won't have to keep re-buying them at the rate that I do.

Shoes are, after all, the items that get the most wear and need to provide the most support. {Well, and bras, of course. But that's a different post's topic.} I'm putting my foot down {ha} and am making sure that the ones I purchase are ones that will last. Most importantly, they'll be ones that I want to last.

Below are a few that I've got my eye on. This line up is a fabulous mixture of classic pieces and eye-catching, fun options that I know will stand the test of time.

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1. Michael Kors | 2. Michael Kors | 3. Alice + Olivia | 4. Kate Spade | 5. Kate Spade | 6. Dolce Vita |  7. Sam Edelman | 8. Kate Spade | 9. Madewell | 10. Madewell | 11. Dolce Vita

**This post was made in partnership with ShopBop. All opinions are my own. 


  1. i love #6 -- such pretty flats! i only have one pair of heels-- they are wedges and they are SOO comfy :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  2. Girl, I'm with you! I even struggle with shoe shopping because I'll admit - I'm an abnormal girl and hate to shoe shop (yes, I know). I love all your picks - those leopard sneakers are calling my name ...

  3. Baha all your shoe thoughts were hilarious and so true! I love those leopard flats!!


  4. Loving number 6 and 8!! Great picks!

    Emily at Style Cubby

  5. I need a pair of those leopard slip ons!

  6. Oh my gosh I feel you about the struggles of shoes..and then them killing your feet and never wanting to wear them again. I have those Sam Edelman booties and can tell you that your feet should be just fine in those, I have had no problems with them very comfortable and cute!
    Love those leopard slip on sneakers..I have been looking for the perfect pair!
    xo Nan - Simply Elegant Blog

  7. I try to buy most of my shoes from Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, DSW, Gilt, MyHabit, etc. That way I'm still getting a higher quality and a good deal. I'm still guilty of having way too many pairs of shoes, but at least I can wear most of them comfortably for an evening.

  8. I do the same exact thing! It's a vicious cycle.

    26 and Not Counting

  9. I know it's crazy but I get really frustrated with shoes. It is so hard to find a pair of shoes that is comfortable and also cute. I think focusing on quality and what you really need is a great step!

  10. Okay, I seriously just came to the same conclusion yesterday. Most of my shoes are terrible. They’re cheap and falling apart. You’re so right on about investing in some quality shoes. Having a few good pairs will end up being way better than tons of pairs that hurt and break. Good luck in your shoe mission :)


  11. Definitely have my eye on some Madewell boots this fall, but having trouble justifying the price tag! I also love Born boots and oxfords - not cheap either but a little less panic-inducing ;)


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