I've always been rather attached to my things, especially my clothes, but when I moved to Brazil, I only got 50 pounds (23 kilos) to take with me - and it made me realize how little of my stuff I actually need (I also discovered a ton of stuff I had forgotten about when I came back - hooded silver lamé leotard? Oh hello there, don't know what I ever thought I was going to do with you!(?!)). Why do I even have all these clothes I never wear? They're just sitting around pooping out dust bunnies! Still, though, it's hard to make the jump from realizing I don't really need half of my stuff to actually getting rid of it, but I've been considering going semi-minimalist for some time now and attempting to whittle my wardrobe down to 100 items. (Still debating whether that would include shoes or not - because then I would have no clothes.) Summer seems like the easiest time to start the transition, since everyone's wearing so little anyways - and so here's an outline of the 4 pairs* of shoes you need to get you through the summer**!
2 - the classic neutral heeled sandals (here) These are definitely my go-to for Summer 2013. They match everything, they subtly elongate the legs (out of my way Ms. Swanepoel!), and the block heel is comfortable enough to hold your weight for hours! Win-win-win! (These were my second choice.)
3 - the easy breezy flats Just get something with mesh. It's like Alexander Wang perfection for your feet.
4 - the comfy going out shoe because you want to look hot when you're having a beer at the bar but you also want to be able to walk to the bathroom without twisting your ankle.
Now for the hard part: if you could only pick ONE (okay, maybe two) pairs of shoes to sport all summer long - do you know which ones they would be? Or do you justhavetohaveALLofthemyoutakemyshoesIwillKILLYOU?
*You actually really probably only need the top two, but it just looked better as an image to have 4. Plus it just gives you more options.
**If you have a job, you might need some professional pumps or something too. This is just for out-of-the-workplace wear.