going-out heels, the only ones I can walk in without having to cling on to another person). My two pairs of Isabel Marant Dicker boots in mushroom suede and black leather, which are so well-worn they’re turning up at the toes. There are some blue Converse (still with sand in them from the summer); a pair of lace-up boots from Chloé (yes, “those old things”, others must think when I wear them), and a pair of black Mary-Janes from Prada circa, um, 2002. So there you go. My Capsule Shoe Closet. I mean, come on, Christa! For someone who cannot help judging others by their footwear, I really need a radical stocktake.
But what are the magic pairs of shoes an ideal capsule all-season shoe closet should contain? Well, according to my highly scientific research, the answer is 10. Okay, it’s a pretty random number, but it sort of works. The trick is, each pair should be maintained and adored as much as your very first pair of school shoes (remember how you used to trip over them, almost with pride? Yes, like that).