I love them.

Today I counted them….


Yes, I counted 51 pairs of shoes in my closet today!

How many of them did I wear today?

1 pair

So it’s time to put these shoes to good use!


I love the Soles 4 Souls “50,000 Pairs in 50 Days Challenge” and I’ve been trying to figure out how I could contribute in a meaningful way.

So, here’s my plan:

1) I will be donating 20% of the shoes in my closet directly to Soles 4 Souls.  (They do take gently used shoes at their donation centers.)

2) Over the course of the campaign I will be purchasing a pair of shoes for every pair that I own.  In order to do this financially I will have to make a few sacrifices including:

  • Eating out one less time per week
  • Not purchasing any additional shoes for myself between now and the end of the year (I have to admit this freaks me out because holiday parties are coming up and I will be tempted to purchase that perfect pair of shoes!!  But there – I made the public commitment!!)

So, how about you?  Have you accepted the Soles for Souls Shoe Challenge?

The cool thing is only $5 buys 2 pairs of shoes!!

It takes under 2 minutes to donate and only three clicks – super easy!

So if you think this is something you can do…five bucks, three clicks, two minutes = two pairs of shoes to someone in need, just visit http://www.50000shoes.com.

And just for fun, how many pairs of shoes are in your closet?

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  • fullofboys November 18, 2008  

    You have me totally inspired! I can not wait to share this with Heath! This is a great way to make it more personal.

    Do you know if they take children’s shoes that are gently used?

  • Rachel November 18, 2008  

    I hope this picture is not of your real shoes because I’ll have to have an intervention on your poor taste. 😉 I actually laughed because I remember sending you shoe ads that would look good on you so I’m an enabler.

    What a great idea, JC. I actually down-sized during the move and have 15 pr including boots & slippers. You get a free pass though since you are in a more visible line of work. “Shoes make the outfit”, right?

  • lisa November 18, 2008  

    What a great idea ! Since I work from home I don’t really have many shoes maybe 5 pair, but I do love my flip flops !!!!! I have about 4 pairs of those 😉 Gotta go donate !

  • Jeff Goins November 18, 2008  

    Sure have… great idea. thanks for posting this.

  • Jenni Catron November 18, 2008  

    @fullofboys – not sure if they take kids shoes, but I bet they do.

    @Rachel – I’m impressed – 15 pair! Love you friend, but that’s good for you!! 😉

    @Lisa – I admire your simplicity!

    @Jeff – you didn’t reveal your # of shoes… surely you don’t have more than any of us

  • ash November 18, 2008  

    My small group and I donated together!

    I have no idea how many shoes I have in my closet (or by the back door or under the couch…they so rarely actually make it back to the closet) but I know it’s more than I need!

  • Paula November 18, 2008  

    I purge regularly – and still have 45 pairs. Casual – dress – summer – winter – to go with blacks – to go with browns – to go with whites and brights. Actually, I think I probably have more shoes than outfits?

  • Jenni Catron November 18, 2008  

    I should mention in my defense that I did count ALL of my shoes… every pair of flip flops, tennis shoes for the yard, etc. But I know, still A LOT!

  • anne jackson November 18, 2008  

    thanks again for doing this. i can’t wait to share it on my blog. such a great idea!

  • Anita November 18, 2008  

    Only three. I think I need to gather and put away a couple pairs of shoes…

    Funny, I was given two BIG bags of shoes yesterday, almost all heels. I wouldn’t think they could use these, but I don’t want to give them to Goodwill if S4S can use them.

  • brandiandboys November 18, 2008  

    there’s no way those are you shoes… none of us would let you walk out in public in that rainbow number. 🙂

    i have too many shoes!!!!! thanks for the challenge!

  • Jenni Catron November 18, 2008  

    @Rachel and @brandiandboys – yeah, I guess I should have clarified that the rainbow assortment were not mine, but I liked the vivid obnoxious statement they make!

  • Jessica November 19, 2008  

    im with you on the count, im right around 50… here is the thing, i have been looking for more shoes and cant seem to find ones i like ( feeling like I needed more wintery ones and not all flips) maybe the reason I cant find any is bacause I am not suppose to NOT use the money on me! Im in!

  • Jenni Catron November 19, 2008  

    @Jessica – where in the world did we get our obsessive shoe fetish?

  • tam November 21, 2008  

    ha! great minds! i have a post ready to go up this weekend about the amt of shoes i have too, promoting soles for souls.

    but i dont think i have as many as you. we’ll see.

    i do know i only have one christmas tree…in one room.

    im just sayin.