Jennifer, my compassion to you on your injury. I’ve had a broken toe for the last few months myself, and I feel you! I broke it, healed it, gleefully ran two times… and then stubbed and rebroke it. I wish you speedy healing and into your red Danskos soon!
I love your questions! Let’s see. I have one locker for shoes, because I like to have happy feet, and I really like shoes. It contains:
#3, the Ugg boots, which were essential to my comfort and happiness while living on the water through the Bay Area winter! They were supplemented by a new pair of Ugg slipper-moccasins at Christmas, because I’d let go of all my other slippers and wool was the key to winter comfort.
#13 my hiking boots.
#21 my sailing Keens. And for my birthday boots this year (my birthday is in December and many years boots are what we buy me) I got a pair of Dubarry sailing boots. The #9 Helly Hansen boots were not warm enough and left during The Great Gifting
#26 my wool Birkenstocks finally ripped to shreds on the year between writing this in SF and moving aboard. I replaced them with a new pair: white wool, white soles. The wool is imprinted with a snakey texture and the white wool is spattered with gold. They are absurd. I adore them. They are getting pretty filthy. I am embracing the concept of “Star Wars White”, which James introduced me to. It’s a white that says you’ve been kicking some ass!
#27 the Betsey Johnson stilettos went into storage and then came out, which answers your question about which pair I will reach for first when I tap into storage! We went back for those shoes, my best silk nightgown, and my favorite sheepskin-trimmed shawl one day when I realized this is our whole life now, and I do not wish to only be practical, and dressing up the girl sometimes makes us both happy.
#28 the running sneakers got replaced with a pair of Merell Vapor Glove barefoot running shoes. My feet are so much healthier in them and my gait is great! I’ve had them over a year and bought a second pair, too.
#33 the black leather flip-flops.
#38 nice leather sandals. These have since weathered a magnificent and astonishingly rainy afternoon in New Orleans; we’ll see if they recover to wearable status. They might be leaving soon.
#31, the brown Mary Jane Crocs. And another pair, Croc clogs, which weren’t on this list because they were already on our first boat. I realized that the clogs, which I’d bought for traveling in India in 2010, were 8 years old and the bottom was entirely slick, so I tossed them and replaced them with a white pair.
2 pairs of Chacos. One grey with doubled grey ribbons, one white with a single white ribbon. Yes, I currently own three pairs of white orthopedic shoes: Birks, Crocs, and Chacos. It’s a fashion phase I’m having. It cracks me up.
So that’s 15. And there is one more pair of dress shoes that I don’t see on the 45 pairs piece but are old and more walkable than a stiletto; they are my main dress-up shoe. Which makes 16 pairs of shoes I’ve got onboard. Oh wait I just bought a pair of gold Havianas for showering at the marina. 17!
A few of the 45 are in storage, but most of them left, as I am pretty sure I’m not going to be willing to have uncomfortable feet nearly so much in the second half of my life as I was in the first.