1 pair of gym shoes, 2 pairs of casual flats (pumps), 1 pair of dressy shoes, 1 pair sneakers, 1 pair boots for rain/winter and 1 pair of thongs for hot, summer days. Saves on money and space, and you have all the essential pairs.
I think I have about 25 as they rarely wear out.
I seem t wear the same pair every day when I am home, and last year had a "spree" of buying cheap ones instead of good ones, online.
Needless to say out of about 12 pairs I bought, I gave away about 7 as they did not fit right so in future I only buy brands I know online.
I look after my shoes, and put them away each season in special shoe, clear plastic boxes.
Some have heels which I cannot wear anymore however they are almost new so dont want to throw them out!
Something like 15-17 pairs. I prefer buying quality leather shoes and have two pairs per season rather than filling my wardrobe with lots of cheap pairs. But, then, I have a thing for sandals. I cannot help buying them; hence the number. I am all for comfortable shoes. Better having less pairs, but feeling comfortable with them.
Now, for my retired lifestyle, have way too many!
Used to attend many Formal Army Dinners, so had beautiful shoes for those. They'll not be worn again.
Had many shoes for work, Summer & Winter. They'll not be worn again.
Just gotta get the energy to sort them & give them all to Lifeline, where others' cannot only make use of them, but enjoy them, as I used to!
I'm embarrassed to say about 30 pairs, plus four pairs of runners which I interchange on a weekly basis. I just love ballet flats and have about 25 pairs, plus two pairs of high heels and three pairs of wedge shoes. I just love colour so I have every hue imaginable. I like to match my shoes to my outfit.