Let’s Talk Shoes!!

Shoes, shoes & more shoes

How do you feel about Shoes?

My book club buddies and I were discussing the subject of shoes at our last meeting. (Shocking, I know).

And the question came up (probably by me), “So how many new pairs of shoes do you buy a year?” I was interested to know what the purchasing habits were in such a well dressed group of women. I also wanted to make sure that I was normal with my shoe purchasing habits or to see if I had a shoe buying addiction. And I’d like to report that in my gaggle of girls, I am average (well, maybe high average). This line of questioning with my friends  got me thinking about the purchasing habits of others around the globe . Being the scientifically bred person that I am, I could imagine doing a research project on this inquiry!

However, if I only asked bloggers, I’m sure the results would be quite skewed—don’t you think? Or does it depend on our age? Does the number of shoes we buy go down the older we get? I’ll have you know one Facebook post reported that women buy an average of 5 new pairs of shoes a year (I’m definitely above average according to this statistic)

I know I am quite biased in the subject of shoes, but I truly believe a great pair of shoes can make the hugest difference in the overall look of your outfit. You could be wearing jeans & a t-shirt and if you combined them with a colorful, sassy heel, then I feel like the ensemble has an intentional feel. Like this picture of Heidi Klum, below, that I tore out of a magazine

Heidi Klum high heeled shoes

And since we are all aware that our appearance can project our emotions, then, of course, we want to look and project fantastic always!  I also think shoes are a great way to modernize an outfit. The same jeans & tee can look quite tired with a pair of docksiders, yet they will look new & fresh with a pair of lace ups. Now my goal is not to look “younger”—I love the age I am. But I never want to appear “old ladyish” and IMO, I feel the wrong shoes can project that image.


It’s amazing to me, how many times I hear women my age and older say that they can’t wear heels. Now there are truly those women that can’t and that’s understandable. But I don’t think they are as devilish as some women perceive. The right fit, height of heel & practice walking in them can make them very manageable.

There are also wonderfully fashionable flats available in this online shopping era! Just check out Jess‘s blog—she can’t wear a heel, yet she always has some interesting footwear without looking old or frumpy!

And then I just learned this interesting fact from Jo-Lynne that she shared via her podiatrist—changing your shoes at least once during the day is good for your feet. A perfect excuse to start with heels and switch to flats or vice versa!

I even found a great article about the subject related to men’s shoes by Paul McGregor. Thus if he realizes the importance of good shoes for men, then I’m imagining it’s doubly true for women!

And here’s another perfect reason to love footwear—you can gain 5 pounds and they still fit! See—shoes are a girl’s best friend!

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Here are some newer styles of footwear for any age (all under $100). As you can see the ankle straps are popular, along with lace ups, fringe, floral & espadrilles:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Reading your blog backwards. Just LOVE it. I’m fascinated with your mom. Her sewing skills are stunning. On the topic of shoes, I have at least 20-30 pairs of silver shoes (this does not include sandals). This would apply to any other color you could imagine! I’m a compulsive TJMaxx/Marshalls shopper – clearance only. At 63, I remain delighted with all facets of fashion and style. Thank you so much for showcasing like-minded women in my age-group. I will always find joy in dressing and adorning! You and your blog are an absolute delight. I’ll be following you when I’m 83.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Welcome Kathleen!! Your comment was so fabulous to read!! And really, it’s nice to know that there are others out there that enjoy their shoes as much as I do! I haven’t been to TJMaxx lately (and maybe that’s a good thing) but I have been finding quite a few fabulous bargains on shoes at DSW lately!!
      And my mom will be delighted to read this too!! She is quite the creative soul—I always tell her that she’s like an older Martha Stewart!!
      Thanks for the love, and glad you’re on board!!!

  • I love to buy shoes, but do still with flats since I fractured my foot 5 years ago. I cannot tolerate a heel since that injury but there are some very cute flats available these days. I buy high end shoes that carry a price tag and definitely less than 5 pairs per year of all footwear. Because I buy what I love and quality it lasts and even the style endures.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s nice that that you like shoes too, Molly!! I may still love my heels….but there are definitely some fabulous flats out there!! In fact, I have to admit, that I probably have more flats in my closet right now than I do heels!!
      But for some reason, I get awfully bored (maybe that’s not the right word) with the same ones all the time. I crave variety and shoes are such an easy way for me to get it!!
      Thanks for chiming in–it’s so fun to hear everyone’s perspective!!

  • CathyLynchLawdanski

    I probably buy 8 to 10 pairs a year!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Now see—I’d call that normal!! What are your favorites lately?

  • So…. fess up, what was the number??? 😛 Really enjoyed this post — featuring you this week at #FridayFrivolity! Pinning and tweeting too, and checkin’ out some of those cute shoes you found…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Funny, how you’re the only one who came right out and asked—even after I asked a couple of commenters!!
      I’d say about 10-12 (just happened to buy a pair yesterday at the consignment shop—navy & white striped wedges—super cute!!)
      And you? Are you a shoeaholic?

  • For the longest time, I wasn’t buying shoes. I was content with my black closed-back clogs and some Converse Jack Purcells and random things collected over the years. I’d buy 2-4 new pairs a year. Then I joined Poshmark and I fell down the shoe purchasing rabbit hole. New-to-me Keds, clogs, faux Birkenstocks (still can’t shell out for the real thing) — I’ve turned into a shopping fool.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Glad to hear you’ve come over to the dark side Anne–ha ha!
      Maybe it is an addiction—but don’t “they” say you should alternate your shoes anyways? That’s my excuse!!

  • I love heels, but we also walk a lot when we’re out and about, and a spiked heel just isn’t going to last the day. Or my feet won’t at least. I’ve found that chunkier heels are much easier to walk in while still giving me extra height and lengthening my legs. I feel more confident and powerful when I’m strutting in a pair of heels. I only packed flats for our trip to Paris, and it’s just not the same feeling padding around in sweet little flats. Still, chunky heels and wood-blocked heels are super popular right now, so it’s easy to find comfortable, wearable heels. I feel like I need to stock up before they go out of style!

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I agree—but I do love my high heels at times (when I know I’m not walking tons!!).
      I just pulled out a pair of white chunky heel sandals from Nancy’s closet! She’s had them forever and was going to get rid of them until I told her they are back in style! They are so functional!!

  • I love shoes – I have way too many, and I’m always window shopping for new ones! It makes such a difference getting a pair of heels that really fit well though. I never used to care, I’d struggle through the pain, but these days they have to fit properly as well as look good!

    Thanks so much for sharing over at #FridayFrivolity too! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I agree…there is hardly a good reason to suffer anymore….especially with all of the things that help the hurting. I have some sole serum in my purse at all times, just in case I have an area that hurts, but I have to admit, I’ve only used it once!!
      Thanks for reading, Jess!!

  • Kreativk Net

    Shoes are the BEST, love buying shoes for every outfit, my favourite are ballerina flats in all kinds of colours! I don’t really like heels, maybe wedges, but lower ones…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Gosh, I so agree! Although I do love my heels for variety!!
      Thanks for weighing in on the subject!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    i do not have the “shoe fetish” gene. So I guess I would be below average in how many pairs I buy a year, but I do like to have shoes that are both stylish and comfortable. I have a harder time wearing heals now, but as you said, Jess always has really cute flats of all sorts, so not wearing heels as much is no reason to not look stylish. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do wonder how that fetishness comes around. Is it learned or innate—-I would guess mine is learned from my mother—she definitely trumps me on how many she has (mainly because she doesn’t get rid of hers easily)
      So you’re saying you buy less than 5 pairs a year?

  • Shoes do make of break an outfit! But I need comfort so my challenge is comfortable without looking frumpy!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      But don’t you think there are way more cool options out there now a days? The cool sneakers are stylish!!

  • I adore shoes but have a heck of a time with them. I can wear them around the store and they feel fine. As soon as I put them on at home I have blisters everywhere or they are just painful. My feet are just too fussy.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ok…were you eavesdropping on Nancy & I today? We were just saying that we think the stores have a special padding under their carpet, because they always feel fine when we have them on in the store! And then at home it’s a different story!
      We really should figure this out!!!
      Luckily I don’t have fussy feet (or maybe it’s unluckily—depending on which perspective —me or my wallet!

  • I love shoes. Lovvve them! And I love your picks, for sure. I just heard feet continue growing as we age, which explains how I went from 7.5 to 8.5.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a great excuse to go shopping for new shoes!!! Thanks for reading!!

      • I’ve already clicked on your links. (grin)

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Shoes, glorious shoes – as May West said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And boy is she right about that!!!

  • I am totally shoe obsessed! You have some great picks here! I love the espadrilles


    • Jodie Filogomo

      So tell me? How many pair do you buy a year? Then I’ll really know if you’re obsessed!!! (Because I don’t really consider it an obsession….it’s more like a hobby–ha ha)

  • Charlotte Miller

    This is Mom–have you forgotten the silver heel sandals you confiscated from my closet?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Yes, but they’ve gotten quite worn out from the time I wore them dancing at the gala a couple years ago! And you know how I feel about worn out shoes….when they look tattered, I feel frumpy!
      And, in my defense, I’m pretty sure you gave them to me?
      We could buy you a pair of modern silver heels if you want?

  • I buy way too many shoes but I just love them! In fact I just bought a pair of silver heels…they are really shiny…can’t wait to wear them 🙂

    Emma xxx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally understand—they are the best decoration for your feet!!
      I’ve been so surprised at how much I love my silver shoes—can’t wait to see them on you!!

  • I love shoes! (And earrings.) Pant and dress sizes go up and down, but my feet stay roughly the same. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      See—that’s my rationale exactly!! Thanks for being on my side 🙂

  • Stevie Turner

    Ha ha, I have never been able to wear shoes with heels. I made the mistake in the 1970’s of buying a pair of 6 inch platform shoes. Big mistake! I fell off of them in the High Street and split my trousers.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Oh, but what a great story you have now Stevie! Besides 6 inch platforms are quite the extreme….there are heels that are much more manageable, 🙂
      I consider wearing my heels part of my pilates workout—I tighten my core and work on my balance—ha ha!!

      • Stevie Turner

        What a good idea. I do a lot of walking, and prefer proper cushioned trainers that runners wear. As I said before, it’s all about comfort for me now.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I agree about the comfort Stevie—luckily I think it’s a lot easier now to have both comfort and aesthetics!! Especially with shoes—there’s fun sneakers all over the internet with great embellishments & prints!! I’m a great shopper if you want me to find them for you!!

          • Stevie Turner

            Yes please – please send some links when you have time.

          • Jodie Filogomo

            Love to—
            Would it be okay to send by email? I’ll need your email address—you can send it to me at mine: jodie@jtouchofstyle.com if you don’t want it in the comments.
            I notice you’re in the UK—are you okay shopping online, or do you prefer to go to a store?
            I usually shop for shoes under $75—(I know that Nordstrom is having their half yearly sale going on right now—if online is good)—let me know your preference.
            Can you give me a size range?
            Can I send you fun ones?

  • Clive

    Being male, I have to admit I’ve never really understood the female obsession with shoes, particularly the ones which look like a form of torture to wear and cost the price of a small car to buy! Whilst I was working, I always thought that a maximum of 3 pairs was enough, and only bought more when a pair got worn out. Now that I’m retired, I can manage with 2. And neither of them is silver 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You certainly made me laugh Clive, and I’m betting that you are in the majority for the men on this planet! It is a wonder how & why we think differently (really about anything.)
      But I can’t tell you how glad I am that I’m a female. Because maybe the reason you don’t have these emotions about shoes is the lack of fun variety with men’s footwear?
      I actually think my husband shoes are way more expensive than mine (I do like sales & Payless) but I have gotten him to appreciate more interesting shoes in the last 10 years! He doesn’t have a silver pair either, but he does have a yellow pair of loafers which bring smiles & attention to almost everyone we meet!!
      Thanks for reading, even though you were probably shaking your head in bewilderment the entire time!
      ps…you might actually like my silver shoes —they are quite plain & almost manly: http://bit.ly/1s7vd6W ????

      • Clive

        I’m not sure that men’s shoes are lacking variety – as much as they need it. This is particularly true of trainers/sneakers which come in all sorts of colours that I wouldn’t be seen in dead! Shoes are shoes, they stop your feet from fraying at the edges when you walk outdoors. I don’t think I could wear heels, to be honest. Your silver shoes look great on you. Being a British man it is a mandatory style rule to wear socks with sandals though 🙂

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Ok….now you really got me giggling Clive!
          Socks with sandals—-please just say no!! Don’t you need to air out your feet—it makes you cooler in the hot weather, no? And I’m pretty sure I’ve seen some very stylish British folks recently—and I don’t remember socks with their sandals!!
          And I can see the difference in your thinking with shoes. In your world they are functional only. In my world they also act as decoration. I see you decorate your face with facial hair—you don’t think you’d want to decorate your tootsies?

          • Clive

            It’s ok, the socks with sandals thing is a long-standing joke about the stereotypical British man on holiday. I accept the point about decoration, which just isn’t for me, really. And the beard has now gone but for some reason this system hasn’t picked up on my updated avi. Sorry to disappoint you!

          • Jodie Filogomo


  • sue

    Hi Jodie! I’ve never been one to have lots and lots of shoes and I”m even worse now I have retired! Last week I had to wear heels to a wedding and it felt so strange. I do love your post though and loved the floral heels. Thanks for sharing with us at Over the Moon Linkup. Have a great week!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have to admit that what you’re saying is quite foreign to me, but it’s good to have friends that are different. We’d be so boring otherwise!!

  • Jodie, I have worn high heels since I was 14 yrs old ! I find it hard to wear flats ! I do wear them sometimes, but it has to be heels for me. Some good points here regarding shoes x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is funny how we get used to a certain style.
      I wore heels while I was working pretty much every day (but I also sat on my rear almost the entire day)—so it always felt strange to change to my flats! But don’t they say that it’s important to do that for the calf muscle?
      I’ve decided my goal is to keep wearing heels to the grave —I seem to feel more powerful in them!

  • From my perspective, shoes are an important part of an outfit and with so many choices, there are lots of options that will fit your style or physical needs. And as you said, they still fit is you gain or lose a bit of weight so they are always a good investment.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It does seem like one can tell a lot by a person’s shoe choices….maybe they would work better than a crystal ball? ha ha!

  • I am a total shoe fiend! And no it does no the fettish does not decrease with age…ha ha..I am 51 and my shoe habit is alive and well! I have around 75 pairs. I need to purge and buy some new ones. I love all your picks…especially the ones with fringe..great post!
    Fashion and Travel

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Valerie! It seems like there are many of us shoe lovers out there!

  • Jodie, thank you for including me in your post. I appreciate that. It was only 8 years ago I could only wear tennis shoes because of EDS. Not cute slip on sneakers, but regular tennis shoes. As my health became more manageable I can wear shoes with stability, cushion and support. I love reading about you asking your book club! I have the metallic silver from Jambu and wear as a neutral too.
    Love it!
    Jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I am always so impressed that you do what you do—I didn’t even realize you had EDS when I first started reading your blog. You are quite the inspiration Jess!!

  • Well, you Know this is a subject after my own heart. I couldn’t even say how many shoes I buy in a year because I honestly do not know. If I see a pair I like and they fit, they are usually coming home with me. I have slowed down a little though because I have so many they are rarely worn. Just as you say, a change in shoe can completely change a look. Oh, and yes I have silver shoes – three pairs and I love them all. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I wonder why I didn’t have any silver shoes? (I must be a terrible fashion blogger)…but now that I have my one pair of sandals…I think I’d love to get a pair of brogues!!
      I always think I don’t need to buy more shoes, but I just when the new styles come out!!

      • Oh, silver brogues would be cool. My first pair of my silver shoes were purchased for a wedding, and I find myself pulling them out often for dressier occasions. Now that chunky heels are back in I am trying to limit myself and have so far only purchased one pair. Let’s see how long that lasts…

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Ha ha—totally know what you mean.
          I think we should blame the other fashion bloggers….if I didn’t see the cute shoes that other’s are wearing, I wouldn’t be as tempted—-yah right!!

          • Jodie, I was just reorganizing my shoes to make room for a new pair and I thought of you. I counted and I actually have 5 pairs of silver shoes. And I love each and every one!

          • Jodie Filogomo

            I can see why you’d need so many….they are kind of like black ones. You need flats, heels, summer, winter….what am i missing?

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Ya, you already know that I’ve got me a shoe collection! I don’t care if I’m normal or not, if I want a new pair of shoes, I get them. 🙂 Who knew I’m podiatrically (I made that word up) correct? I almost always take a pair of flats to work that are somewhat similar to the heels I’m wearing so that I can change if need be and not mess up the outfit…lol!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Not only do you have a great shoe collection Debbie—you have an impressive brain too. How brilliant to take the flats to work!

  • Mother Daughter

    I have no idea how many pairs of shoes I buy a year. I probably have 50 pairs of summer sandals and bought two pair last week. It is very rare that I wear a pair of shoes out because I have so many they don’t get worn much. At one point I had almost 200 pairs. lol

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Now you’re a woman after my own heart—you must have an ginormous closet!!
      So I must be hard on my shoes, because I have been known to wear them out (my definition is that the toes or heels are quite icky, cracked or scuffed).
      Here, in Denver, it’s also so dry that my mom has had a couple pair that the sole cracked !! (I probably don’t keep mine as long, because one in/one out)

      • Mother Daughter

        A decent sized closet but I store shoes everywhere and switch them out by the season. I wish I would do the one in one out and I always plan to but don’t. That is my wore out also.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          There are times I don’t get rid of a pair when I get a new pair. But I think about it….that counts right? It’s so much easier when I’m tired of a certain pair or they are quite scuffed!

  • You do own great shoes!

    I think shoes can make a huge difference to the overall effect of an outfit. I truly can’t wear heels since I severely injured my right ankle when I was 16. I had a long surgery that unfortunately didn’t repair everything. I also re-injured the ankle numerous times over the years, and I don’t take any chances anymore as I am literally off my feet for weeks whenever I re-injure my ankle.

    Luckily, as you point out, there are lots of stylish flats. I always love Jess’s shoes!


    Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can totally understand not wanting to chance it with heels for you Andrea! Talk about a bummer!
      But, at least there are so many options with stylish flats.
      Really, there was a time in my life when I only wore flats (there was a ton of walking in dental school), but I still seemed to have many, many shoes in my closet!
      Besides, like Jacqueline pointed out—it’s probably better for your body anyways!

  • dan

    It’s funny, but a few hours ago, my husband looked at the shoes In my closet and exclamed:”What a huge amount of shoes you own!!”
    Of course I replied that I had just the essential ones … 🙂
    Me too have started to suspect that there must be a relation between age and quantity of shoes a woman has!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ooooh…that’s such a good reply—-just the essential ones.
      Although my husband has gotten the fever somewhat too, because he has quite a collection of shoes! Which really is a good thing, so he doesn’t give me such a hard time!

  • Shoooooooooes!!!!!
    I could talk all day, Jodie. :oP

    Shoes are a wonderful thing to collect and as I am getting older I buy more and more.
    I love a unique shoe, a pretty design, an unusual colour.
    I love heels, flats, boots, brogues.
    I love new, cutting edge, classic, vintage.
    I love them all!!!!

    Shoes are a girl’s best friend.
    Feeling flabby?
    Your shoes always fit.
    Feeling like you have nothing to wear or all of your clothes are boring?
    Pop on some amazing shoes and your plain black dress is suddenly fabulous.

    Feeling down, low, stressed?
    Pretty shoes can lift your mood, make you smile and make other people happy to!

    Less shoes as I get older???
    No thanks!

    More shoes = More fun!

    A great post Jodie!
    I know we would have a lot of fun on a (shoe) shopping trip.


    P.S. I buy a lot and I am not guilty about it. I love buying them, wearing them and sharing them. :oD

    • Oh, and silver shoes are for anytime you want them to be! :oD

      • Jodie Filogomo

        You got that right!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think I’ll subscribe to your sentiment—-no guilt!
      You’re comment could almost be a poem—-Ode to Shoes!!
      And my shoe purchases may be more than many women…but it’s better than a lot of other things, right?

  • I always look forward to your posts! Pinned and shared to #OverTheMoon!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Marilyn!!

  • Lorena Lorena

    Call me crazy, but I do keep statistics of how many shoes I buy a year..
    2015: 17 pairs
    2014: 18 pairs
    2013: 11 pairs
    Oh and I actually do own two pairs of shoes in silver: one is a glittery flat and the other are heels.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wowza—-what that says to me is I should go shopping–ha ha!!
      It’s nice to know I’m not the only crazy one!
      So you must get rid of some when you buy new also? Either that or you have a huge closet?
      Do you wear your silver shoes for dressy only? I’ve been seeing them so much lately in casual looks…so I had to go buy some (for the blog, of course)

  • thefashionfolks

    Shoes can be such a statement to an outfit, love the high gladiator sandals at the moment! Xx


    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’ve said it in a nutshell!! If you say it, it must be fact! I’ve always thought it, but wasn’t sure if it was my bias?

  • Molly Hogan

    Loving all the fringe on these shoes! So cute.




    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Molly—I will say that each season, I love all the new styles! In fact, I’m wearing my fringe booties right now!!

  • Wow. I love clothes and shoes as much as anyone. But I don’t think I’ve ever bought 5 pairs in a year. Maybe that’s because I have very narrow feet and am a hard fit. And I don’t like shoes made from cheap leather, I find then sooo uncomfortable. I shop forever to find a pair I like and that fit, so I hang onto my shoes. Think I’ve purchased one pair of boots and two pairs of shoes/sandals in the past year.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wow—you’re comment made me say wow!!
      So you’re the other extreme. And with the name of your blog—I would’ve thought otherwise!
      But I’m sure it is different when fit is the problem. Although, I have to think I would find a way around that with my personality!
      But like you say in your curated closet—much of your behavior was learned from your mother. And have you seen how many shoes my mother has? Or as we always say “the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree!”
      I’m thinking you spend more on each pair to get better quality then? And you probably take care of them better than I do…
      Then again, I admit this is one of my vices….

  • I love shoes so much! that’s why I tend to not spend a rediculous amount of money on them because I keep changing them!


    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Me too!! I feel like not only do I want a new style of them often, but they get the most worn out of all my clothing item !! That’s why DSW (especially the sale rack) and Payless are my go-to’s. Although with the blogger’s resources we have, i have found many other sources too (which may not be a good thing—ha ha)

  • Hi, my name is Petite Vix and I have a shoe addiction! I way way way too many shoes! Like Judy I love booties and have them in different colours and prints.
    And it’s definitely a good idea to change your shoes. I do think heel heights have got ridiculous though. Some of them it’s like walking on stilts and that’s just so bad for the body! I like wedges and block heels best – enough height without thinking I’m going to topple over!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ah Jacqueline—we all know that admitting that you have a problem is the first step towards improving !! But I see no problem here? (Thus I probably have a problem too—)
      Although since you’re a Pilates instructor and thus in great shape with lots of core strength, I’m surprised you don’t like the higher heels? I think I have every height (well–up to 4 inches) and so many styles!
      It keeps us young, right?

      • Ha, ha, Jodie we have a shared problem!
        I don’t mind some height but it’s precisely because I’m a Pilates teacher that I don’t like really high heels, the ones where the arch is forced beyond it’s natural position. I just know exactly what this does to the body anatomically and it ain’t healthy! Too much pressure through the toes and knee joints, distorted of the pelvis, which affects the spine, muscular imbalances … I could go on but I’d bore the pants off you!
        Oh and I forgot to say earlier, I’m definitely a fan of silver shoes!

  • Judy Gramith

    I have become quite “bootie obsessed” (the foot kind) over the last few years. I love the fact that boots can be a year round trend as well. It’s been fun to collect boots of all varieties and for multiple purposes.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I agree Judy!! I love how they can be worn year round especially with the open toed ones (do you have a pair of those?)
      And I laughed at your “foot kind” explanation—I didn’t even think about the other kind until you said that!!

  • Kathy

    I am a sucker for a shoe sale. I start watching a shoe that I think will probably be worn for a few seasons (or maybe one that I like so much that I will wear whether it is at the top of the style list or bottom next year) and follow it along until it goes on sale. Some never make it to the sale table, but when a great shoe shows up thirty or fifty percent off I feel like I have won the lottery. That’s how I always buy my boots and I pay a fraction of what they would have been.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s so smart Kathy!! Because really, most items do end up going on sale…and if not at this one store, then probably another!
      I tend to go straight to the sale rack (especially at DSW—I’ve found shoes for $10 there). And if what I like isn’t one sale, I’ll check out Payless ( I love Christian Siriano’s line for Payless).
      And boots tend to be the most money—yet they get worn almost the fastest with the snow & salt (of course, I could make them last longer by taking better care of them, I suppose—-but then I wouldn’t have a good reason to buy another pair!!)
      Thanks for your story—I love to hear how other women feel!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Shoes are my biggest weakness. I am definitely way above the average.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m actually very glad to hear that Bernadette!! Then I don’t feel so crazy!!

  • I love shoes as you probably already know your selection are gorgeous! Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma —of course I only picked the cute ones for the photo. But I do love my shoes—that is definitely true!!
      But you didn’t confess—how many do you buy a year?

      • Haha you got me :D… it’s hard to say, sometimes I can go a few months without buying shoes that’s usually in the winter as I like to buy a good pair of boots that will last. Where as in the summer I buy more maybe a pair a month. and then if I need one for an outfit or occasion I would buy. I don’t think i’m too bad do you?

        • Jodie Filogomo

          This is exactly how this conversation got started—I don’t feel like I buy that many, but when I read that post on Facebook that the average woman buys only 5 pair a year…I was surprised.
          Even in the winter—I do like to have a variety of boots (of course I already have some, but they do get yucky & worn out) so I bet I bought 2 new pair last winter (one pair was thrifted)!
          Thanks for confessing!!