We frequently talk about age-pegged content as it relates to 30 year-olds, but as someone who is about to turn 25 in just a few months, I'm a huge advocate for preparing for the quarter-life crisis I'm about to enter. I know, I know, 25 is still a young age, but it's also a milestone, in my opinion. It's a time to reflect on your younger years, your education, your first career, and of course, your style evolution.
Speaking of style evolution, I can almost guarantee that there are a few wardrobe choices you've made pre-25 that you might not regret, but that you definitely don't need mocking you in your closet any longer. Here I'm going to walk you through the shoes you should toss by age 25. From worn athletic shoes that could be hurting your body to ambitious high heels you wore in college, it's time to face the facts—you're getting older, and your wardrobe should be a reflection of that.
Go on to find out which four shoes you should ditch by the age of 25, plus the ones you should buy instead.
TOSS: Worn Athletic Shoes
We've all accumulated a few pairs of running or athletic shoes over the years. Heck, some may even be from the beginning of college. While that might not seem like that long ago, that means those shoes are almost seven years old (gasp). Athletic sneakers are not something you want to keep around for too long. The wear and tear on your sneakers is an echo of how the sneakers will treat your body. When it comes to athletic shoes, you need a pair that will support you in every sport you participate in. A pair that is stylish and forward? Now that's even better.
TOSS: Sky-High Stilettos
Sky-high stilettos were an ambitious choice you made all throughout your early 20s. Now that you're more established in your career, though, you're probably taking on a lot more than you anticipated and have a schedule that requires you to be at five different places at once, so you always want to be prepared. Toss the shoes that make your spine shiver, and swap them for versatile heels that will take you from work to a cocktail party with ease. We recommend low or block heels, anything that can be dressed up or down, and of course, shoes you feel the most confident walking in.
TOSS: Rubber Flip-Flops
Why keep wearing those flimsy rubber flip-flops you hardly like when you could wear any of the gorgeous and interesting slides ahead? Seriously, rubber flip-flops might be convenient, but that's exactly what they scream—convenience. You're officially at the age where dressing like an adult is no longer dressing like an adult because you kind of are one (whatever that means). Whether you're running errands, headed to the beach, or looking for the easiest shoe on the planet, let sleek slides trump rubber flip-flops every time.
TOSS: Round-Toe Flats
I know, round-toe flats are oddly specific, but the shape is one that never looks as polished as it could, especially in comparison to a pointed-toe flat. My preference for 25-year-olds? Pointed-toe slide loafers. The shape of the flat elongates your legs and creates an interesting focal point to any outfit whether it be distressed jeans and a tee or a more work-appropriate look.