Having said that, most of the time I do everything I can to get those quality goods at the lowest price to free. I keep my eyes out for coupons. I do most of my gourmet French style dining during restaurant week or when someone asks me where I want to go for my birthday. I look for top quality items on the used market and often find them with tags. I make it clear to my family that my expensive perfume and quilt shop fabric are at the top of my wishlists. Most of the time.
Occasionally, I feel the need for, and purchase, something at full price. Even more occasionally, I feel the need or desire to purchase items that even a non frugal person might consider frivolous. The above mentioned fabric and restaurants come to mind, as do the coach purse purchased at full price for myself one Mother's Day, certain travel and experiences. Now we can add SAS shoes to that list. I looked, I purchased, and my guilt level is 0. Put another way, my wow factor is tenfold.
Shoes tend already to be one of those areas where I am willing to "spend". Having severe arthritis, a shattered knee and sensitive feet mean that both Payless quality and used shoes are out for me. And, while I want comfort, I did not want "Granny Birkenstocks" . I say this with no disrespect to the Birkenstock wearers of the world. I just want really comfortable shoes that are halfway fashionable. Up until last week, my "go to" shoes were Clark's Bostonians, which run from $60 to $80. Shoes that I would have considered top dollar.
As often happens, certain life events recently created a two step forward two step back situation. I have started being able to walk a fair amount more, and I am also volunteering in areas that require more walking as well as standing in place. My knees had begun killing me. My doctor has made it clear that while a little knee stiffness is okay, true knee pain is not part of acceptable arthritic life. Hurting so much that I needed a hot cold pad as well as pills and putting pillows under my knees told me that I was in the "true pain" category. There are solutions for that, such as exercising in the water or on the carpet, finding a chair when I've been standing too long, and wearing better shoes.
My Wednesday knitting group is a continual fountain of information, in every sense of the word. Last week, I was commenting on a friend's shoes that I had never seen before. The were well made, and looked comfortable. This particular gal has no pain issues, she simply wanted a shoe that she could wear throughout the day, and could use to walk or explore should the option come up. After consulting with her, I wandered over to the store from which she purchased her shoes.
|My extremely comfy walking shoes|
While I realize mine is only one person's perspective, I am thrilled with these shoes. Admittedly this pair of sandals is closer to granny shoes than the turqoise ones below that will probably be my next purchase, but in this case everyday use won out over fashion. I can see that it will take me a few days to break these in, but I cannot say enough about these sandals.. They are half again as padded as the Clark's (with soft extra padded insoles as well). They are well made. They are easy to take on and off, and yet do not use Velcro. Put simply, they are exceptionally comfortable and have a lot of support. I am still breaking these in, but at this point I can see this being my go to store from now on. My $150 was well spent.
|The Turquoise sandals that are on my "list"|
|Go to dress shoes for the fall season?|