Tuesday, September 16, 2008

SHOESday: Mistake #3

I really liked these shoes when I bought them - about 5 or 6 years ago in London. They are from Nine West, and were relatively expensive (especially as at the time we only got about 38p to the dollar!).
(clearly I have a thing for shoes with criss-cross straps!)

But I found myself most disappointed when, only a few months later, almost the exact same shoe (same toe, straps, slingback etc, but with a chunkier heel) was being sold at a discount store for considerably less than I paid. Suddenly these shoes were everywhere, and the shoes I thought were great in London somehow lost their sparkle. Which, on reflection, I think is a bit sad - something I originally liked so much shouldn't be less special just because everyone has the same thing. But that was how I felt at the time (and a part of that was annoyance that I'd paid too much for mine, and brought them all the way back from London thereby excluding another pair of shoe possibilities!). And when I chipped a bit of leather off the left toe (you can just see it in the first photo), I consigned them to the back of the wardrobe.

Looking at them again with the benefit of some years, I think, in the end, my mistake was to stop wearing these - they are quite comfortable and after all, I do love a slingback!

11 comments:

Bells said...

Yep. I would agree. A mistake to stop wearing them.

That said, the popularity has probably waned which means you are wearing a classic style now. So wear them happily!

knitabulous said...

That's how I feel about pandora bracelets. I really like the look of them, but they're everywhere.

If I bought one would I care? I think I might. I know it shouldn't bother me, if I like them I like them, but I know I would care if I owned one. I see it as a personal flaw of mine actually.

So I completely get what you mean about those shoes. Which are quite fabulous btw.

TinkingBell said...

Thay are pretty - but I think they'd make me look a bit like a kangaroo - my feet are long enough!

Wait till I sho you the ones I have on lay-by which look like gorgeous vintage 30s shoes......Oh my!

Nellie said...

And its just the weather for slingbacks!

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Michelle said...

Six years ago? They're almost vintage!

(I like them, by the way)

MadMad said...

It's funny how sometimes things have to sit a bit in the closet before one decides one likes them after all!

PrincessPea said...

They're so elegant it seems a shame to consign them to the back of the wardrobe!

del said...

Oh, I like them! I think you should definitely pull them out & give them some more wear.

kgirl said...

it's a shame that we get stymied by everyone having them, isn't it? but I always feel the same, like my incredibly hip, quirky purchase has let me down just a little bit by hocking itself around town on every corner!

bring 'em out of hibernation, now though, I say. they've learned their lesson!

Michele said...

the straps are adorable. i'm glad you're going to love these up again.