Monday, 26 November 2007

I'm not obsessed with collecting shoes and bags

I have been thinking to myself lately, about the seemingly obsessive behaviour many exhibit when it comes to shoes and handbags. Ok we all need handbags and shoes and yes I have lots, but my collection is tiny and relatively low value in comparison to many who have thousands of pounds worth of shoes. Yes I agree that I can't help lusting after the latest Louboutin heels or Hermes Hadbag, but I would never spend this amount of money on a pair of shoes or a handbag, not unless I won the lottery. I like to buy a pair or two of reasonable quality shoes each season and would never buy cheap non leather shoes or handbags but it just isn't worth getting into debt for the latest fashion. In our consumer driven culture, fashion and particularly shoes and handbags have almost become a new currency for measuring social standing and class.

Perhaps the desire most women feel for shoes and handbags is something to do with the fact that they are solid and longlasting, valuable and recognisable as an expensive fashion item. They are therefore an investment aswell as a status symbol. Perhaps it is just the ability of a lovely pair of shoes or a beautiful handbag to transform an otherwise plain outfit or the beautiful workmanship that is almost always found in an expensive pair of shoes or a handbag.

For me the importance of shoes and handbags is that without a quality handbag and pair of shoes, I feel a bit of a mess. The shoes need to be comfortable otherwise, I end up hobbling about or stumbling in them- this just ruins my day and completely zaps my confidence. My handbag is almost like an extension of my arm, it never leaves my side when I am out of the house and contains some of my most important possessions without which I couldn't possibly survive.

I don't really partake in the whole labels and brand thing for shoes and handbags but prefer just to get fairly well made leather shoes and handbags which are comfortable, practical, look great and will serve me for many seasons to come.

Related Article - Head over Heels, the Times 11 March 07

Some of my favourite shoes and bags

My favourite and very comfy anthracite biker boots.

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