I Just Removed 50% of the Shoes From My Closet—See the Dead Weight


You would be alarmed to find out how many pairs of shoes I have in my closet—well, had in my closet before I did a recent deep clean. Closet clean outs can be a daunting task to take on, especially if it's been a while since your last audit, so I like to address mine in bite-size chunks with each category. First up is shoes. As I said, my collection was beginning to creep up to 40 pairs (I know, I know) because I'll admit that I have a weakness when it comes to shoe shopping. That's another story, but today, I'm here to share the results of my successful deep clean.

By the end of it, I'd whittled my collection down to nearly half its volume, in part because I was holding onto pairs that were well past their expiration dates and in part because my personal style and lifestyle has shifted in the past few years. The first to go were shoes like white sandals scuffed beyond repair and sneakers so worn in they threatened to fall apart. Next were the outdated shoe trends that just aren't resonating with me in 2023. These are the styles that were simply sitting idle on their shelf for too long and what I'm diving into here. Ahead, see which six trends I removed in my massive shoe cleanout and which alternatives I'm keeping in the mix.

Removing: Snakeskin-Printed Shoes

Adding: Metallic Shoes


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Expect 2023 to be all about metallic accessories—especially shoes. The styles that will be a fixture in my closet? Silver ballet flats and boots add a pretty pop to casual and neutral-toned outfits without trying too hard. After going through my closet, I pulled several pairs of snakeskin-printed shoes that, while cool, don't seem as fresh to me now.

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Removing: Chunky-Sole Sneakers

Adding: Slim-Profile Sneakers


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Don't get me wrong—there will always be space for performance sneakers in my closet (I'm an avid runner, after all), but as for "fashion" sneakers, I'm way more into the streamlined look of sneakers with a slim, flat sole. My Adidas Sambas are easily my most-worn pair right now, which proves my point.

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Removing: Stiletto Heels

Adding: Wedge and Kitten heels


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There's no question that the pandemic era did a number on my collection of heels. I used to keep a few pairs of tall skinny heels for events and dressed-up occasions, but now that comfort is a top priority for me, I'm loving the look (and feel) of both wedge pumps and shorter kitten heels. Bottega Veneta's wedge pumps as pictured above are a pair that I simply can't get my mind off of.

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Removing: Combat Boots

Adding: Moto Boots


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I love the cool feel that a pair of tough boots bring to an outfit, but instead of reaching for combat boots, I'm eyeing moto styles with hardware like buckles and clasps for that added oomph

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Removing: Round-Toe Pumps

Adding: Pointed-Toe Slingbacks


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Round-toe pumps feel dated to me now, but pointed-toe pairs—specifically point-toe slingbacks—feel super sleek and exciting to me.

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Removing: Platform Loafers

Adding: Classic Loafers


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Loafers may be a perennial staple, but they're far from immune to the ebb and flow of the trend cycle. While intense platform styles had their grip on my closet over the past few years, I just removed them in my most recent clean out. Instead, I'm fixating on more classic penny loafers with non-platform soles. My Weejuns Whitney Loafers have taken center stage in my outfits recently.

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Up next, the non–skinny jean trend all the fashion people will wear in 2023.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.