The Sunday NYTs ran an article on a woman who collects high heels. She owns 1200 pairs, 700 of which are Louboutins and many of them are unworn. I posted a bit ago on wanting/buying yet another pair of Valentino studded sandals and a friend, jokingly, advised me to view myself as a collector in order to allay my guilty conscience. I have 4 pairs, this is a far cry from 1200.
To me, collecting implies that the items are cherished and preserved and I have a hard time thinking about clothing and accessories this way. I certainly try to buy carefully with the intent that my purchases will go the distance. A classics fan, I love when I pull out a piece and it still looks fresh and relevant although it is years old. And it is no secret that I often buy two identical items to insure their longevity. But this does not mean that they will live on a shelf to be adored from afar.
Shoes, like anything, can be collected. But in my opinion, they should be worn to be truly appreciated.
Denim ankle boots
Leather shoulder bag
Star-Embellished Leather Boot
Silk scarf navy
Striped cashmere sweater