I would not consider myself a "shoe person" and yet when I pulled out all my shoes I realized I have 17 pairs. I guess the reality is that I have 30 pairs because I have "gear" shoes - hiking boots, snow boots and water shoes. I can even remember getting rid of 5 pairs of shoes in 2010.
I did laugh when I pulled all my shoes out - I am a very boring shoe person. Black or brown seems to be my minimalist choice as far as color is concerned. I was able to choose 5 pair I no longer need. I do plan to buy a good pair of sandals for summer, but that can wait.
I know...I see the multiples. I like to keep a pair of newer sneakers for wearing while working out inside and the other pair are for camping/walking outside/yard work, etc.
I find myself wavering quite a bit when I'm decluttering, but I've found that if I ask myself a simple question "What am I afraid of by letting this go?", I am able to let it go more readily.
I'm learning that just because I have something doesn't mean I need it. And just because I use something doesn't mean I need it. I actually chose to get rid of a pair of shoes I wear almost every day. Why? Because I realized that I slip them on to walk to the mailbox every day and that's about the extent of their use. I DO NOT NEED A CERTAIN PAIR OF SHOES TO WEAR TO THE MAILBOX. Yes....they are easy to slip on and off, but I can put one of my other dozen pairs of shoes on.