Signature Style: The Power of Shoes + Iconic Beauty of Italian Shoes




I must confess, I have a thing for shoes. On a bleak day last February, I did something I’ve long wanted to do. Inspired by the classic book on organizing by Marie Kondo, “The Life-Changing Magic of tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing“, I had a burning desire to start decluttering with my shoe collection. As I hauled out, let’s round it to 45 pairs of shoes (please don’t judge- shoes are my thing!), I realized the right pair of shoes can have a transformative nature. I spotted the Grecian gold stilettos that transport me to the island of Capri simply by slipping them on, the leopard print flats that make me feel instantly sporty, the nude booties that are comfy AND go with everything in the fall and winter, and the flat black riding boots that make me want to crack a whip into the air in the English countryside. Care for a spot of tea? I spotted the black shoe/boot that may not be an “all day” shoe but make me feel instantly a bit edgy and sexy. Yep, the right shoe can do that, have you noticed?


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As I stared at this collection, curated over time, I realized these shoe, sandal, and boot ‘soldiers’ have carried me through many chapters of life. Some of them are looking a bit worn, but so am I. From dress up date nights, to running in heels during my career as a school psychologist, to walking the halls of a hospital when dad was ill; these shoes have walked with me.  I had to take a few moments to reflect, to ponder what I needed to keep and what I was ready to let go of.  In the end, about 8 pairs made their way to donation or consignment. I recommitted to a few pairs I had forgotten about. I decided I am not ready to let go of the memory, or the transportive power, not just yet.

And yes, when Scott came home to this scene, he thought I’d lost my marbles. ;)




I don’t have many super fancy pairs of shoes though some of my friends would disagree with that. I do have a couple of gifted pairs from St. John, where my sister, Dorie Swanson, was a designer for many years. St. John Knits is an American brand, located in Orange County, yet their shoes are made in Italy.  These beauties with the sparkling “anklelace” (it’s not a necklace) have made their way from my closet to a party and have been tried on by more than a couple of friends. My beautiful friend, Lena, slipped them on during my retirement party.  Don’t they look fab on her?



Shoes made in Italy are part art, part architecture.


If you can’t get to Italy for a new pair of shoes, I’ve added some fresh styles from Italy to my Style*Mind*Chic Boutique.  In the memorable words of Carrie Bradshaw, from Sex and the City, when she saw a fabulous pair of stilettos, “Hello  Lover!”.


Pina by Perla Formentini, Italy


WOW made in Italy

(Do you dare?)


Whether you are looking for a hot stiletto, a chunky block heel or a chic little flat, you can’t beat Italian leather and styling.



Who knew mother/daughter shoes could be so chic?

Reese d’Orsay Flats for Women and girls made in Italy.



View the collection of Nene Shoes, made in Italy, for mothers and daughters.

Perfect for gift giving!

See the entire curated collection of Shoes at Style*Mind*Chic Boutique.


In my book, quality shoes are the first item to consider when building a signature style.  On a practical note, our weight may fluctuate, but shoe size tends to stay the same over time. I conclude that shoes are an excellent investment. They are also perfect mementos to bring home from travels–especially from one of my favorite places: Italy.

My number started at 48 pairs. What’s your number?

Are you a shoe aficionado like I am??


Curated Collections at Style*Mind*Chic Boutique




Heather Lindstrom

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I love shoes and boots! I have not counted but I have a lot! I think that life is short, if shoes or other collections make you happy than by all means collect.


Your last sentence resonates with me, Heather. As I work on my weight I know I can always show my personality with my shoes and accessories. As I live in the Midwest with four distinct seasons I have every reason to have a variety of shoes and boots!! lol!

Love your collection. I purge often so I don’t feel too guilty!

Hugs, sister!



You are a doll, Jane! I just know if you were at one of my parties you would be trying on those jeweled heels! ;)
I remember my short stint living in Michigan and, yes, many types of shoes and boots are required. Love your style!


Hello Heather! No judgements here! I don’t have a vast shoe collection, but I do collect things and I too have been decluttering from reproduction furniture to real vintage/antique. So, as I declutter with the repros, I am slowly bringing in pieces that I can really live with. Shoes for me? I ONLY HAVE TWO PAIR I wear to work!!!!!


You have such beautiful pieces, Anita. I can see that element in your lovely photos. Such an eye! This feels like the right time to truly refine our style, don’t you think?
Have a wonderful week!

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