I went to a shoe sale, and I bought… nothing! So why am I writing about this? Because the skill of holding back and stepping away from a sale took years to acquire.
I used to buy shoes for the mere enjoyment of witnessing my shoe collection expand. The more shoes the better, right? Unless you’re putting on a shoe exhibition wrong. I never wore all of the shoes that I owned. Some I kept even after they’ve served their time, others were impractical and I never actually got real use out of them (wearing them to dinner once and complaining the whole time doesn’t count).
As I get older I start to appreciate the utility of a shoes, instead of just hoarding them. Yes the shoe has to be hot but I have to either be able to wear it to work (and survive), or wear it out and not be the girl whose feet hurt. What’s the point of having shoes you don’t wear? I would rather have less shoes, and buy new ones as needed, instead of having a giant collection consisting of shoes I don’t wear, or don’t wear anymore. So as always, efficiency is key. If you wear it keep it. If you need it, buy it. Otherwise stay away.
I don’t think I’m the only one who enjoys a good sale. But the key to buying anything on sale is to buy items you love enough to pay full price for. There’s no point in buying crap you don’t love, doesn’t fit well, or doesn’t make you feel good about yourself just because it’s on sale. Believe me, based on years of experience it will not become more comfortable, your toes will always be squished in those shoes, and just because you fit into it doesn’t mean it fits you.
The sale I went to is one that is held annually, and it was my first time attending. I went with my girlfriends, who were both looking for specific things and managed to score great finds! I went out of curiosity and my love of shoes. What enticed me was the fact that they carried Vince Camuto (and its other brands: VC Signature, Louise et Cie) and Jessica Simpson (She’s my height, and knows how to make a comfy heel). The entire convention hall was sized so it was easy to find your size, and the staff was very efficient at restocking and keeping the place decently clean. While I wasn’t too impressed with the selection in my size, I did end up trying on about 15 pairs of shoes and narrowed it down to 4. These 4 however were not perfect. So do I settle? This was decision time. Each pair was about 40-60% off the original price, but still $100 each. Had this been a few years ago I would have been so excited about the find I would have bought at least a couple. Today, this is how I went about it:
- (far left below) I couldn’t find this first pair online. They fit really well and were totally my style. So much so that I have a similar pair – brown, snakeskin, and all. Variety is the spice of life. Amiright?! So I had to pass on this one.
2. I’m actually sad about this tasseled pump. I love love loved it! Problem is they were scuffed. I would rather pay more for a shoe that looks new than buy something on sale that doesn’t make me feel good.
3. This pink number is absolutely beautiful but quite frankly the buckle was hell. It might seem like a minute detail but it really deterred me from whole heartedly loving this shoe.
4. These beautiful Chanel inspired babies would have been mine had they not been ½ a size too big. Yes you technically could wear them with an insole, but I’ve thought that many a time before and never ended up wearing the shoes that were initially too big.
And that’s that!
So next time you’re buying beautiful things, think twice. Do you need it? is it perfect? Or are you settling?
Happy Shopping and Saving!