I have always had a special place in my closet for a great pair of shoes. They don't necessarily need to be brand name or crafted by a luxury designer -- they just need to be great shoes.
I think this adoration of good shoes might go back to my early teen years when I got my first pair of Doc Martens, which I coveted like they were the most precious thing on the planet.
From there the love for shoes has just blossomed and nearly grown into an obsession -- I do know when to say no to a pair of shoes that might be a bit out of my price range or perhaps a bit frivolous (how many pairs of black pumps does one really need) -- but over the years I have amassed quite a collection.
Sometimes I can feel a bit over-indulgent when I think about how many pairs of shoes I own however. There are, however, a few times a year when I just don't feel so guilty to add another pretty box to the collection.
Take for example in the winter when Soul Shoes and Accessories hold their annual Shoe Your Spirit event. When you replace your winter boots, simply bring in your gently used winter shoe wear and they are donated to those in need.
You can feel equally guiltless with the Heart and Stroke Foundation's I Heart Shoes auction in support of women's heart health.
Last year, I had the pleasure of sharing this new philanthropic fashion event with Free Press readers and I am more than pleased to see that the event is going to take place yet again this year due to the amazing success of the inaugural auction.
So this is how it works: 130 pairs of designer and brand-name shoes are going up for silent auction. All you have to do is pick your favourite pair and make a bid.
For those who are worried about shoe sizes, no problem - the shoes vary from size 5 to 11 and include luxury brands such as Coach, Escada and even Valentino.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation's I Heart Shoes auction takes place April 17 at the Delta Winnipeg. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at LiveRed.mb.ca/HeartTruth.
Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion.com