I am about to admit something terrifying. Well, to me.
This Time Next Week
This time next week I will likely be in the Boxing Day Sales *sobs*. You see, as you probably know from my amazing Kmart gift guide, I don’t really like being around busy and pushy. That’s why I shop at night on weekdays where possible. But I have had a problem this year. Shoes. You see, I have size 10 feet. Wide feet. I think a high arch too, though I’ve never bothered to really look that up and understand exactly what it is. Put it this was, the shape of my foot is such that I can’t wear espadrilles.
So on a good day, it’s challenging to buy shoes. Size 10 has morphed to size 11 in recent years as shoes get less wide. Stores sell out of size 11 pretty fast. (Size 10 too!). Earlier this year (or maybe late last year) I bought some Frankie4’s on sale. The first pair was great, but decoration kept breaking off and I sounded like a fucking elf. So I posted them back. They couldn’t re-affix the decoration so they sent me a new pair. Only the new pair was less comfortable somehow and then also didn’t last very well. I could have returned them again but I was cranky so they’re probably in the back of my cupboard somewhere.
Most of the year I was wearing my sometimes-ok fill in shoes. Big W comfort range ballet flats. Big W seem to be the only ones who make a size 10 or 11 that actually stay in stock. Problem is that these shoes don’t last too long. I get that, it’s Big W. I’m not expecting them to last years. But for $30 I want them to last just a bit longer than they do. Still, they’re ok. And I am a bargain shopper so I try to only nab them when they’re on sale for $15-20. The problem is that they suddenly get uncomfortable and then it really hurts. When the padding goes, you’re walking on VERY hard rubber. That killed me feet for a while this year (even less great that this happened while I had an injured ankle).
Soo…Eventually I found a really comfy pair of Dianna Ferrari super comfort soft babys bottom shoes.* OMG so good. So comfy. Wore them to work. On weekends. EVERYWHERE. So good.
Only, one month and three days later I investigated a noise I had been hearing in my shoes. Sadly, the sole had broken and was falling out and catching as I walked. Return and refund time it was. Which has left me wearing a fairly uncomfortable pair of Kmart “comfort” ballet flats that feel too awkward to drive in, which means I’m driving in the old Big W shoes that are hard rubber and painful to walk in (though thankfully not painful to drive in).
The thing is, I really hate shoe shopping. I always have. And I keep having to do it because every pair I’ve bought is either too cheap in both price and quality, or too cheap in quality. When I bought the Diana Ferrari shoes it was a quiet Thursday night in my local Mathers and the shop assistant was really helpful. But still, they had barely anything suitable. I wasn’t even looking on price!! All I want is a supportive, flat (and when I say flat, I mean FLAT) shoe that is partially enclosed (across the toes/top of foot/around the back of foot – I guess ballet shoe but good is what I mean) and has no of what I think they call “toe cleavage”. I don’t like sandals. Do you know how hard it is to find a basic shoe? I don’t want anything fancy. But nooo…all of womens shoes have to be decorated and have extraneous stuff that I don’t want. Just give me simple, supportive shoes! That’s it!
And all of that is a long, long winded way of saying SAVE ME I DON’T WANT TO GO SHOE SHOPPING IN THE BOXING DAY SALES AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. (TAKES BREATH.) AAAAHHHHHHHHHH.
*May not be official range name of the product.
What will you be doing this time next week?