posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 03:25 AM
This post is about shoes. I'm weirdly passionate about people getting good quality shoes.
WalMart and Footlocker are TERRIBLE places to buy fashionable shoes. Footlocker is geared towards athletic shoes. They may be fashionable to some,
but they certainly won't have any other variety. WalMart is just terrible quality, terrible looking, and still not a great selection. Go to places
like Nordstrom Rack or Ross or even thrift stores. Try shopping online, there are places where they will send you shoes, you can try the fit and if
you don't like them for whatever reason ship them back for a refund for free.
You shouldn't cheap out on shoes. I'm surprised you get a year out of WalMart shoes. There's an old adage that you shouldn't be cheap when
purchasing anything that separates you from the ground; mattress, tires and shoes. Shoes aren't just a fashion statement, they're important for your
health and well being.
Spending more will also save you a TON in the long run (heh). Yeah, $150+ may seem like a lot for a pair of shoes, but if they last you 10 years and
keep you comfortable, protected and your body lined up correctly they are worth every penny.
I just bought a pair of boots for $200 and was glad to do it. The last pair I purchased more than 10 years ago is still in my closet, they're just
getting a little stretched. I don't consider $200 expensive, I consider it a smart investment (and a slight bump up from minimum cost for good
boots). My girlfriend (who is incredibly frugal) just spent $400 on a pair of field boots for a horse show she participated in. Why? Because they
will last her forever. Because they fit correctly from the tip of her toe to her knee, won't hurt her feet, and will stand up to all the abuse
associated with riding horses. The zippers on the back are buttery smooth, the stitching isn't going to wear out, the little area where the spurs fit
is in the right place down to the millimeter, and they also look fantastic.
If you're smart you buy the best quality footwear you can afford. Let's use my $200 pair of cowboy/work boots as an example. Let's say I bought a
$50 pair every two years (and let's be honest, it would be every year). So, $50 x 12 years is $600. Now realize just how crappy those boots would
have been. They wouldn't offer the same support, they would wear poorly, and they would look crappy, the soles and tread would wear unevenly and not
be slip resistant, and they would become trash in 2 years (again, it would be 1 year or less with daily use). If we look at a more realistic number,
$50 every year, that's $1200. That's a long time to keep buying boots that are uncomfortable, look terrible, and function poorly. So I look at a
$200 pair of boots as saving $500+, getting a good warranty, looking good, being comfortable, avoiding blisters, not worrying about "hot spots", not
needing to spend time breaking them in every year or two, not worrying about the boot stretching out, not worrying about the soles being slippery, and
not second guessing my purchase every time I pull them on.
Research brands, look for deals and find something that fits the top of your budget and feels wonderful on your feet. Your feet are more important
than you realize. Crappy footwear can cause all sorts of problems, and not just at your feet. Footwear can affect your posture, your safety, and
your wallet. If you pay attention, you'll notice how often the fairer sex looks at shoes. This is because they're smart. What you wear on your feet
says a LOT about you. Women know shoes, and they can spot a crappy pair a mile away. Your don't have to be fancy, but they shouldn't scream poor
taste, low class, or poor quality.