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Sunday, April 01, 2012

ohmahgah. shoes.

holga shoes

It's that time of year again. The time when I decide that all of my shoes are filthy and stinky from all of the winter muck, and I break down and begrudgingly buy a new pair.

I love to shop, but I HATE buying shoes.

In stores, there's a weird pressure from commission based sales associates who need to feed themselves and keep their lights on. I feel bad to try things on and not buy anything. I don't like letting people down.

I used to work in a really hip shoe store, and I would work so hard to find things for people, only to see them walking out while I was carrying 7 boxes over to the the shiny metal seating area. It was shocking and upsetting. I can't put someone through that, knowing how let down I would feel after a missed transaction.

So, this year I'm buying my spring shoes online. There's no one to worry about this way. If I don't like them or if they don't fit just right, I'll just mail them back and be done with it.

I've narrowed it down to 3 choices, and now I'm stuck:








generic surplus X obey.
vans X j.crew


toms cordones




Which ones do you like? I'm awful at making decisions!

21 comments:

Sarah said...

Yellow!

I'm a fan of yellow, especially obnoxious yellow...and I paint everything I can yellow.

The last pair is super cute as well!

I found your blog last week and I've had fun perusing it this week!

Sir Thrift-A-Lot said...

I buy most of my shoes at outlet shops or Winners (like Marshalls in the USA) & there is never any pressure there. I stock up whenever I see a pair I like in case there is ever a short supply.

I like the vans X j.crew shoes of the three you posted.

Tamara said...

I always feel guilty when I look around a store without buying anything, even if I don't talk to any sales people. I guess it's good that the internet was invented! I can window shop all I want.

I like the first pair best. They seem just a bit more interesting than the other two!

Paula McGrath said...

TOMS

Raynor said...

I think the third pair. I like the color of the first pair, but it seems to be a mesh, and I'd be worried about getting stuff in my shoe, or cold feet, and I don't want to have to think about the color of my socks (if they show through). The second pair are nice, but fairly plain. But, the third pair has some really nice textures and interesting structure. I likey! ^_^

misslarissabree said...

I love the vans!

*karen said...

I like the first pair. I see your point about shopping online but at the same time even that makes me feel guilty because I know I could be supporting a brick-and-mortar store. That said, Zappos.com has a really good return policy and free shipping on everything.

Erin Joy said...

J Crew! Whoo!

Lisa said...

I vote for number two - they look classic and like they'd go with a lot of things ^_^

I hate buying shoes as well! I have to wear orthodics, so all my shoes are expensive and boring looking
; _ ; And I take a long time because I have to check to make sure my inserts can actually fit in the shoes before I buy them. I feel so bad for the shop assistants!

Kara said...

The yellow ones!

Grateful4Crochet said...

I like them all, but probably number one the best. I feel the same way about shopping, I always feel compelled to buy things when the salespeople go out of their way to help, and I do the same online thing, but have made sooo many mistakes that way, so i rarely buy clothes online now

Sian Lile said...

i also buy my shoes online and just like to buy a pair every three years or so ha! hmm... i like the first pair best and then the third pair.x

Inthesky said...

Go on, I like all three :)

Jessi said...

"shoes. let's get them"

I like the middle pair!

eliza said...

i vote vans! clean and classic!

Rae - Say It Ain't So said...

i know what you mean about shoe shopping! i hate that! once i was going to buy some harijuku zoo high tops that were marked 59.99 and when she was ringing me up they were 99.99. she acted so PISSED that i changed my mind but duuuuhhh that is a HUGE price difference. i felt bad for a week. i like the yellow the best. i am a HUGE vans fan (i wear them pretty much every day) but i feel like the white might get really dusty and dull over the summer. and don't even get me started on how much i hate toms (mostly because we sell them at my store and it is a pain in my you know what)

adrienne *+*(^_^) +*+ said...

I like the generic and the vans. I would leave the Toms because of the thistle sole. That will wear out and get dirty in like a day and tends to fall apart pretty fast. I work at a shoe store btw haha

winkieflash said...

Get the last pair! They look ab fab :)
Oh and I hate shoe shopping too - not in the last place because all the cool shoes are only available in teeny sizes... Makes me feel like I have manfeet or something! ;)
xo,
wink

the Thrifty Gypsies said...

I used to do a disgusting amount of online shopping - I support buying shoes online! I like option two. TOMS weird me out, like they're made out of a potato sack or something.

Lesley Jean said...

I love the first pair. Sidenote: I got my son a pair of Generic Surplus shoes at UO for $9.99 last year! (Good thing cause he trashed them in like a week.) I'm also partial to the Toms. So cute!

shakti said...

Get the Vans :) Toms look cool but they are flimsy.