I have 13 pairs of non-gear footwear, including duplicate "daily drivers" and two pairs I've never worn.
3 low-shaft boots: 2 low-heel (1 zip, 1 lace), 1 high-heel zip
3 knee-high boots: 1 low-heel, 1 high, 1 high-heel rain
4 sandals: 2 normcore duplicates; 1 low heel, 1 high heel
1 sneaker (Converse hi)
1 pumps: metallic pointy (not yet worn; love)
1 low-heel casual slip-on (not yet worn; uncertain)
I'd rather have fewer, but don't feel like putting in the shopping time to streamline.
Mr Max is no help on the (re)minimizing front. "But I like ALL your shoes!"
Where I'm NOT minimal around footwear is in preventive care and maintenance. Sole guards, inserts, conditioning, refurbishing, my shoecare professional loves me! I haven't yet worn the pumps because I don't have suitable shoe trees for them.
In an earlier life-phase, I had a, ahem, a *lot* of shoes. All good quality, all comfortable, all brought joy. It didn't feel excessive at the time, and doesn't look it to me in retrospect. Shoes I loved and well-fitting, high-end undergarments were my main ways of feeling feminine in a conservative, very male field. Too, they were means of finding balance after having been raised ascetically by well-meaning do-gooder bleeding-heart-liberal parents who felt they'd been damaged by over-pampering. They wanted our experience to match those of locals where they'd moved to do development work, so having one pair of shoes was the usual, and replacement, for growth or for weather, didn't happen in any hurry. Maybe, at the community level, that really was the best way for young idealists to further their cause; it didn't feel great for me as an individual at the time.
In any case, I like the feeling of knowing exactly, "THIS is how much I'm spending on shoes." Women who truly have to cover up or minimise what they spend on themselves certainly aren't in an amusing situation. So for those of us who have the option of clarity, it seems at best insensitive to use jokey terms about justifying purchases. This is real life, not a Lucy and Ethel sketch.