The best packing requires planning.
I have a rule when it comes to travelling that wherever I go there can only be three pairs of shoes to accompany me; less but never more. Three pairs of shoes sounds quite generous but if you are a shoe-a-holic like me it is actually a tough call.
The 3 Shoe Rule works when packing for Paris or anywhere else in the world. One pair of flats, in winter I replace the flats with boots, one pair of heels and one pair of sneakers. That’s it.
I have travelled with up to six pairs of shoes ( more if I were counting ) and the reality is I never wear them all. I think I will, I plan my outfits around them but when it comes down to it, I don’t. Packing that many shoes is simply doubling up. The key is to make absolutely certain that the shoes packed are comfortable and the most loved pairs in the wardrobe.
Now the dilemma is the decision making.
I am trying to follow my own guidance. I really want to take the lace up sneakers and the slip ons, not to mention various colours. Too much choice and too much luggage wastes time and becomes a nuisance. It is worth calling the tough shots prior to leaving home. I would rather be out and about than packing and unpacking.
OK, I am going with the white lace up stan smith this trip.
The flats, another conundrum.
I want to take the animal print mules to work with my pants, the tulle skirt and my jeans.
The heels, this is the really hard part.
The Manolo Hangisi is my saviour and well worth the investment . They are forever and a day heels – I don’t wear them very often but when I do, it’s the best.
The 3 Shoe Rule
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