I started cleaning out my closet well before the pandemic began. We were in the process of moving apartments, and I needed to downsize my wardrobe to make packing easier. As you can imagine, the move is now on hold—but the closet cleaning is ongoing. As a former accessories editor, shoes have always been my weakness. Looking across my shoe shelves, I can remember when and where I acquired nearly every pair I own. A glance at your shoe collection can map the story of your life—the black satin Gianvito Rossi stilettos I wore on the first date with my now husband; the Manolo Blahnik white moiré sandal I wore to my Newport wedding; the Tabitha Simmons embellished mule I danced all night in at a friend’s restaurant opening; the Chanel ballet flat I wore every day of my maternity leave; and the trusty Jimmy Choo block-heel boot that gets me to and from the office every day. These are the wardrobe touchstones that have supported me—literally—on my walk through adult life.