Kim Kardashian Cried When Kanye Made Her Give Up Her Shoes, But Ultimately Emerged a Stronger, Chicer Person

Think butterfly emerging from a chrysalis.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on the red carpet.
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Kanye West, the Dr. Phil of closet cleanouts, once took it upon himself to exorcise then-girlfriend Kim Kardashian's wardrobe of fur-trimmed patent leather handbags so that she might one day ascend the ranks of Mount Celebrity and share a red carpet with Beyoncé. And it worked.

But in an appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael that aired Monday, the Kanye West Method survivor sounded as if she would have rather done that other, gentler thing where you only keep items that spark joy (opens in new tab).

"It was, like, a pile to the ceiling of shoes," she said (opens in new tab). "And all my amazing shoes that I loved. And I started crying. I was like, 'I can't get rid of this stuff. Your stylist has no idea what she's talking about.' So I put it all in another room and I was like, 'I'll trust your opinion, but I'm not getting rid of my stuff.'"

She eventually did untether herself from her worldly possessions, though, then promptly reattached herself to some "like really cool, new designer stuff that I, you know, hadn't even heard of before."

And now we end with an affirmation: "Only when I let go of my 'ghetto' heels can I open myself to peace and a total style transformation." Repeat until your closet is 30 percent latex (opens in new tab). Namaste.

Chelsea Peng
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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.