In October 2009 my life changed forever. No longer would I look at my shoes quite the same way ever again. Every working day involved a double challenge – to wear a different pair of shoes and to write about them. The first Shoe Challenge Post was fairly short and concise. As time went on, I started to feel the need to write more and the posts became considerably more complex and time consuming to write. Bearing in mind the time that it took me to write posts, it is probably not surprising that I officially failed to complete that challenge.
What I discovered in the process of failing is that every challenge must have rules. I like rules. It is the lawyer in me.
Rules provide certainty and structure and clarity. If rules are generated and applied by someone else, that is even more of an incentive for me to comply with them. It is even more fun if I get to draft a complex legal document for no reason whatsoever other than my own amusement (see below).
Deed of Acceptance of Shoe Challenge
With that I hereby solemnly declare that I, Caveat Calcei, being of reasonably sound mind and with level blood sugar:
1. officially failed my 2009 Shoe Challenge.
2. have joined the international cavalcade of shoes being marched out and hitting a pavement near you hereafter referred to as The Shoeperwoman Shoe Challenge 2011 or Challenge.
By entering the Challenge I hereby acknowledge and agree that the following Shoe Rules will apply:
(a) I will wear every pair of shoes/boots in my possession and control (as further specified in the Schedule attached hereto) before the end of the Challenge;
(b) either I or my authorised representative will take photos, of me wearing each pair of shoes. Only full length outfit shots are acceptabe: photos of feet in shoes or just shoes constitute a breach of the rules) (Evidence);
(c) any shoes that I haven’t worn by the end of the Challenge must be disposed of;
(d) that I will email Shoeperwoman a link to my Challenge blog posts weekly.
The unabridged Official Shoe Rules are posted here and are hereby incorporated brevitatis causa.
Number of Shoes and Boots: 105 excluding thongs (flip flops), shoes worn solely for taking out the rubbish and running shoes
Commencement Date: 14 February 2011
Duration of Challenge: 12 months from the Commencement Date.
When our office was broken into about a year ago all I could think about was whether or not the robbers had been in my office shoe cupboard. Luckily, no prisoners were taken.
Total Number of Shoes/Boots – 11
Home Shoe Cupboard #1 (14 pairs)
|Schuh Minnie Mouse Shoes (1990s)||Fiordiluna Patent Pumps|
|Giamarco Lorenzi Perspex Heeled Platforms||Embroidered Silk Slides (new from thrift)|
|Gold vintage Springolators®||John Fluevog Hepburn D’Orsay Pump|
|Missi Jackson Leather Pumps||Alan Pinkus Bejewelled wedges|
|Urban Sole Strappy Sandals||+ another 6 pairs to the left hand side|
Home Shoe Cupboard #2 (in the portion of the hall where our ghost hangs out)
19 Pairs of Boots and Shoes including (from the front left:
Amanda Starr Silk Leopard Print Sandals
Gianmarco Lorenzi Patent Leather & Turquoise Suede Platforms
Zu Snakeskin Peep Toes
Back Row (from right)
Robert Robert Ankle Strap Stilettos
Animal Print Peep Toe Platforms (Mystery Designer)
Roberto Vianni Navy Suede Peeptoe Platform Pumps
Home Shoe Cupboard #3 (Wardrobe 25 pairs)
Then there is the garage. I am pretty sure that there are another 15 pairs of shoes and boots in there. I am scared to go in there as the shoe boxes are mixed in with the Christmas Decorations and something could go horribly awry if I try moving anything. So I won’t.
This brings me to my next topic. Shoe storage solutions. For this I shall be doing some serious movie research and shall revert shortly.
Meantime, have you entered the Shoe Challenge? If so and you have ended up here via Shoeperwoman’s Participants List, please say hi. Down there <points>