Buying Shoes

I just learned another lesson yesterday about being clear about what you want…

In the last month or so, I have been on a quest to find the perfect pair of mary jane shoes. They HAVE to be comfortable, especially now that my broken big toe is slightly longer than the other, and has no nail on it, but I’m also vain enough that they have to be stylish as well, since I wear a lot of skirts. And, I like leather, and not too much heel, and lots of cushy foot comfort. You get the picture – I’m a pain in the butt to please. And, did I mention, I don’t want to pay more than $20.00 for a pair?

So, off to ebay I went, and found lots of very slightly used shoes under $20.00. So I started out with 3 pairs, and they came last week, but none of them fit. One was to tight across the toes, another almost fit, but slipped just enough that it removed the skin on my heal after using them once, and the third pair was a full size bigger than what it stated inside. Total bummer. Then I bought a pair of sandals in a half size smaller, and of course, they came and were to small (more blisters…). And I bought a beautiful pair of bass shoes – too big as well… So, all of a sudden, I have 5 pairs of useless, but beautiful shoes, that don’t fit my feet, and my husband is calling me Emelda Marcos…

I finally broke down and went to a proper shoe shop, tried on 10 pairs of shoes, and found a totally perfect pair that fits like a glove, only to find that I had to pay $110.00 for this pair. But, I swallowed, took a deep breath and did it!

I had already spent that much on all my useless ebay purchases, instead of just buying what I wanted in the first place! So, now I have to list all those pairs back on ebay this weekend, so I can get the money back that I wasted. Luckily I learned my lesson – it is better to have ONE pair of shoes that fits, than five pairs that sits in the bottom of my closet. Go figure!