|Shoes from Garance Dore via this post|
My shoes are my friends. Of course, the shoes above are not my shoes, because mine are in a worse state and she has better floors.
Part of the minimalist thought process is to value what you have. There are articles of clothing that I have worn for years. I trust them, I know how they will stretch. I know what will happen when I have worn them for an entire 24 hours, and then the next day when I am too lazy to put together another outfit. Because I don’t want to expend valuable mental energy thinking about what to wear anymore. Or because I want to adopt a European lifestyle – whichever rationale sounds more sophisticated.
Have you ever gone into a dressing room to realize that what you’re already wearing is better than the shiny new thing you’re trying on? It makes no sense.
There’s a certain anxiety I carry with me when shopping, because I have realized that new clothes, particularly new shoes, will f*** you. They will ride up, they will make you look like sausage, they will pinch. There is never a convenient time for any of these things to happen. The clothes you have, the ones waiting faithfully in your closet, they are like friends. You have broken them in properly. They are trained. They will treat you well.
Every time I think about some new purchase, I think about it in terms of friendship. Do I already have a good friend that I can rely upon – then I should refrain. However, if there is a gap, a death in the family, then there will be a transition period that cannot be rushed, where I will have to carefully sort and vet this newcomer. As I would any new relationship.