I have officially gone 2 months now without buying a pair of shoes. Not even flip flops.
I am pretty frugal most of the time— I cook instead of eating out, I take the subway instead of cabs, pay my bills on time, and I don't even have a TV— but when it comes to shoes, I can admittedly go a little crazy.
Hence, The Shoe Diet. It's a way to save money, yes, but it also is making me pay a little more attention to what I'm buying. Now, I have to ask myself, Is it worth breaking the fast for these? What about these? They're on sale, but do I HAVE to have them? Are they special enough?
One of the ways I have stuck to The Diet is by comparing a potential pair of new shoes to favorites in my closet. Do I love these as much as my Proenza Schoulers? No? Then I let them go. I'm not sure when The Diet will end, but I know that these are questions I will continue to ask myself every time I buy something.
The last pair of shoes I bought before my New Year's Resolution were these midnight blue Prada pumps. I had been dying for them to go on sale, and even when they finally dipped into my price range, I tried to resist. Then the salesman at Barney's told me they were an additional 33% off . . .
So, until I find another pair of shoes I've coveted for months at 75% off, I'm sticking to my guns.
(Pradas & Levis photograph © Littlehouse of Style)