The Slow Death of a Shoe

There are some shoes that are such an integral part of a girl’s daily footwear rotation that it’s hard to imagine a wardrobe – or life – without them. They’re what you might call the MVP’s of your shoe collection. The standby shoes that meld perfectly fashion and comfort. They’re the shoes that you have had re-heeled, re-soled and re-polished more times than you can count – and, possibly, beyond the point of repair. But even so, you just can’t let them go. Even with scuff marks or an uneven heel, these shoe stalwarts stand heads and shoulders above the other pairs lurking in your closet.

Today, I thought I’d pay tribute to several examples of such a heroic shoe in my own footwear arsenal. To be perfectly honest with you, I’ll probably never get rid of these pairs. Heck, I’ll probably keep wearing them until holes in the soles are fully visible. But I can’t bear to ditch these several pairs that have seen me through thick and thin.

I've been searching high and low for a replacement for these beat-up Mary Jane pumps that are a workday staple.

It may not look like much now, but this buttery beige Cole Haan loafer was my go-to travel shoe for years.

Some might consider the damage to these once-uber-chic peep toe kitten pumps to be beyond repair.

Miss Mojito wants to know: Am I the only crazy sentimentalist out there who can’t bid adieu to a good pair of pumps?

*Update* Just one day after posting this little homage to the beat-up shoe, I decided to wear a pair of worn-but-respectable gladiator-style sandals to work – only to witness the straps fall apart just steps from the front door of my office. Thus, today’s footwear of choice is my gym shower flops. Classy. Methinks the shoe gods might be trying to teach a lesson in proper shoe maintenance!

Posted by Miss Mojito.

4 responses to “The Slow Death of a Shoe

  1. Now that was a fun post that we can all relate to. Thanks for the smiles.
    Pam

  2. Oh, Miss M, I can relate. These paisley peep toes? http://shoesandcocktails.com/2008/08/18/feeling-inspired/ They now have a broken heel (possibly beyond repair), but I *cannot* get rid of them.

    And those buttery beige Cole Haan loafers of yours are fantastic, and still look good with a little wear and tear. Is it possible some shoes get better with age?

  3. Great post…
    I’m about to take my favoite pair of italian boots to the cobbler for the 2nd time… In early spring when I stopped wearing them(a little more winter style), I was told they were so worn and beat up that they were borderline no longer work appropriate. Ha!

  4. I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only one!

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