Former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos owns a shoe collection of 3,000 pairs of heels, flats, sandals and every style in between. Theoretically, she could wear a different pair of shoes every day for eight straight years before having to repeat a style. That is, of course, assuming she did not purchase any new pairs in that timespan.
But, hot on Marcos’ heels is Veronica Garcia of With or Without Shoes who estimates her shoe count is already over 300 pairs and growing.
Veronica’s outfits often hinge on her ultra-cool footwear. Leopard-print booties add an element of quirk to a modest green knit sweater and leggings combo. Pristine white sneakers dress down a conservative ribbed turtleneck and slacks. Chunky, studded and buckle-heavy booties are a surprising match for a sexy leather pencil skirt.
Naturally, we had to speak with the kindred shoe lover. We caught up with Veronica to learn more about her hometown of coastal Valencia, Spain, her personal style icons and the latest Vince Camuto addition to her ever-growing footwear collection.
When did you start your blog?
I started my blog three years ago because my friends pushed me to do it. I love fashion and I was, in that moment, a kind of personal shopper for them.
Describe your personal style.
I try to adapt my looks to my mood or the occasion and, because of this, [my outfit] could be casual or elegant. But maybe what they all have in common is that they are so feminine, minimalistic and chic. I feel real passion for accessories, especially for bags and shoes. I'm a complete shoe addict and I have a large collection of them with hundreds of pairs. They are one of the most important topics on my blog and my followers appreciate my reviews about new collections and my own pieces.
Who are your style icons?
Giorgia Tordini, Christine Centenera, Géraldine Saglio. They always look perfect and chic wherever they go. I love their minimalistic looks where quality accessories and shoes make the difference. I try to follow this rule and put the accent on my accessories.
Does living in Valencia influence your style choices?
Yes, of course. Weather here is so nice, the sun shines almost every day of the year and it influences my looks. The temperatures aren't too low in winter so I don't have to be bundled up during the cold season; and I can wear skirts or dresses all year round.
What is the best piece of advice you can share with aspiring bloggers?
Working hard is the only key. Dreaming what you want and working hard to achieve it.
What is the best style advice you’ve ever received?
Less is more.
Who are your favorite accounts to follow on Instagram?
What is your favorite local restaurant?
There are many great places in Valencia I like: Canalla Bistro, Alma del Temple, Anou. I love squid and all varieties of cheese, so at Canalla Bistro I order the battered squid with lemon mayonnaise, rocket and feta cheese. At Alma del Temple I like the fide-foie, noodles with foie gras. Anou has lovely rice dishes and versions of traditional Valencian cuisine like salted cakes.
If you didn’t live in Spain, where would you most like to live?
Probably Rome. It has Mediterranean weather too. There are plenty of amazing places and you find awesome buildings and artwork everywhere.
Fast & Furious Fashion Quiz
Bikini or one-piece?
Neutral or red lip?
Both, it depends on the occasion. I use both of them on my daily looks.
Hose or bare legs in winter?
It depends on the weather, but usually hose.
Body-con or boyfriend?
Boyfriend, but sometimes body-con can be perfect.
Skinnies or flares?
I really love both; I can't choose one.
Night out or in?
It depends on my mood but normally out!
Sweet or savory indulgence food?
Why did you choose the Vince Camuto Troy sandals?
I chose Troy Sandals because, as I have mentioned before, I'm a shoe-oholic and I can't resist a pretty and chic pair of shoes. I love gladiator sandals and I also love high heels and the Troy style mixes both ideas in one sandal. Furthermore the coral color is so pretty and looks so spring-like.