When I think about how I felt when I turned 30, it's a little muddled—probably because I tried my best not to think about it. I'm quite sure that my feelings about entering a new decade most clearly manifested themselves in the subconscious sartorial changes that I made and realizations I came to about my style. One of those changes took place in my closet. Specifically, what I took out of my closet.
Just as the eyes are the windows to a person's soul (or so they say), I find shoes to be the windows to a person's style. I build my outfits around shoes, I spend a sizable piece of my shopping budget on shoes, and I rarely meet someone without catching a glimpse of their shoes. Maybe it's just me, but I find shoes to be kind of a big deal. Which is why I'm choosing to share with you today the five shoe styles that I ditched upon turning 30 in hopes of achieving a more polished, "adult" vibe. Some of these I possibly should've ditched before I turned 30, and some you may choose to keep wearing post-30. There's no right or wrong shoe to wear at any given age. It's all about personal aesthetic, and the shift in mine meant it was time to say adios to these styles. Whether or not you agree with me, there are probably a few shoe styles of your own that you ditched or will ditch post-age 30.
Keep scrolling to see which styles I got rid of post-30 and which ones I'm wearing instead.
DITCHED: Sky-High Stilettos
Gone is my desire to suffer through a day or night out in a pair of uncomfortable stilettos. These days, when I want a bit of height, I stick to cool, walkable block-heel mules.
DITCHED: Animal Flats
While I still love Charlotte Olympia's Kitty Flats and imagine that they'd make me feel like Alexa Chung (always a good thing), more often than not, you'll find me in a pair of loafers when I choose to wear flats. Simply put, they make me feel like I tried without looking like I tried.
DITCHED: Neon Sneakers
Bright-colored sneakers are a trend that I no longer have the desire to conquer. They're just too showy and difficult to style for me. I'd much prefer a pair of neutral-colored sneakers (or at the most, blush pink), which are a lot more versatile.
DITCHED: Rubber Flip-Flops
There is indeed a time and a place for flip-flops, and they've been threatening a comeback for a bit now, but with pool slides, I can achieve the same easy, comfortable footwear goal and still feel polished.
DITCHED: Synthetic Leather Shoes
Many synthetic leather shoes tend to look cheap and are lacking in the comfort arena. Luckily, there's a slew of great wallet-friendly options on the market made of genuine leather or fabric (i.e., satin, faux fur, or velvet).