So, you’ve heard me talk a few times about my difficulty spending money on certain things. Some of it comes from a place of not having the money to spend, but even in cases where I may have the cash I can be reluctant to part with it. I have a skewed sense of what things should cost, I guess, and it makes me shrink away when I get a glimpse of an actual price tag.
This is true of some items more than others, but a big one for me is shoes. I have a closet full of what amounts to mostly disposable footwear. I’ve gotten better in the last few years – my main Winter shoe has been a pair of black slip-ons like these from Land’s End, as opposed to the Walmart variety I might have purchased in seasons past. And the Lands’ End ones have gone through two winters now without showing any signs of quitting. Well worth the $40 or whatever it was I paid for them, even though I might have cringed over that at the time.
I haven’t really been satisfied with any of the brown shoes in my closet lately, and I’ve been daydreaming about a pair of maryjane clogs I could wear with a nice cozy pair of handknit socks [note to self: learn to knit socks]. I decided this time not to skimp on quality, but even so, I am just not at the point where I can cheerfully fork over $125 for a pair of shoes. Just can’t do it.
So, I spent some time looking around Zappos and places like that to see what brands appealed to me, and then I hopped over to eBay and found these. I have been wearing them for over a week now, and while they took a little getting used to, my feet are now quite comfortable. These are some sturdy-feeling shoes!
Plus they make me an inch taller, which is fun 😀
Not to be down on Zappos, of course. I really like what I see of them and their reputation is fabulous. Someday when I’m in a position to feel comfortable spending $125 on a single item, I’ll hop over there and get myself something cute (if that day was today, these would totally be in my cart right now).
For now, though, gently-used shoes on eBay do me just fine.
So, I’m curious. What are your own purchasing hang-ups, and what do you do to get around them?