My feet are so happy that they have new shoes. This whole walking around and my feet not hurting thing is amazing. Why did I put it off for so long?
I know why: I hate shopping and the few times I tried to buy expensive shoes I couldn’t get anybody to pay attention to me to sell things so I just left. I am very high maintenance when it comes to shoe buying, in that I need someone to tell me what to get. (Zappos was also a bust after several failed attempts at purchasing the correct size– I really do usually need to try things on.)
Which is why I now have a new $100 pair of sandals and then two $200 pairs of shoes after the shoe guy realized I didn’t bat an eye-lash at $189 for a pair of shoes. It’s worth $200 to me to not have to try on a million pairs of shoes (assuming I could have found cheaper good shoes if I’d been looking myself) given that I buy shoes so infrequently and hate shopping so much. I think the salesman got an extra kickback from the $100 Cobb Hill sandals as well, but I’m ok with that! My feet don’t hurt!
How much was the damage? $527 for three pairs of shoes, including tax. How did I spend that much without blinking an eye? Well, right before getting them I deposited a travel reimbursement check for $538. It’s like the money was already spent! Yeah yeah, I know, bad thinking. But I only buy shoes once every few years. I need these mental tricks to keep from being a miser.
And I did put off buying shoes for far too long. I mean, my feet were hurting because my two pairs of work shoes were worn down because I have had them for YEARS. Since before I got pregnant (I have a three year old), and possibly quite a while before that– I can’t actually remember when I got them. Similarly, my brown sandals that I love but are no longer made were falling apart. (You may remember I replaced my black sandals for #2’s wedding, but it’s too cold to wear them to work!) When you have two pairs of work shoes, two pairs of sandals, and a pair of hiking boots… they kind of need to be replaced more frequently than I’ve been replacing them.
So that’s me. I spent a lot all at once on super expensive shoes that I will wear for far too long. Am I frugal? Am I a miser?
What I am is someone who should buy shoes more often because she shouldn’t have to marvel at her feet no longer hurting.
Do you put off any purchases for far too long? What gets you to finally spend?