Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Day The Frugal Retiree Bought 150 Dollar Shoes

As the Queen (or at least the Handmaiden) of frugality in retirement, I am the first to admit that there are areas that require spending, and that sometimes quality comes with a price. I purchase fabric to quilt at $12.00 a yard. I am willing to pay for investment clothing (especially shoes), and I don't kid myself that my home cooking is like the true gourmet chef restaurants that I allow myself a couple times a year.

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?
As I mentioned above, I purchased a basic summer sandal style (that comes in many colors including blue suede). However SAS shoes run the gamut of fashion styles, with the same level of comfort. I can see myself buying other shoes shown in the blog here, as well as the same sandals I have no in a larger size in blue suede.  Because, fashionable as I am, I have turned into what my daughter calls "those women".  Meaning yes, I wear socks with sandals and jeans or yoga pants in the winter. I have turned into that person.

14 comments:

  1. I really like the look of both sandals. Have you tried on the turquoise ones? What brand are they?
    I paid $130 for a pair of Clark's which I dearly love - Un.Vasha in bronze. It's the first time I've paid more than $100 for a pair of shoes. The hard part is they have already slashed the price in half. My review is on this page with the picture. http://www.clarksusa.com/us/womens/womens-wide-width/Un-Vasha-Bronze-Leather/p/26105777#BVRRContainer

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    1. Debbie, all the shoes are SAS shoes including th blue. I've been wearing Clarks for years and paying for them, but I needed to get away frim Velco. I'll check out your review today.

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  2. Those shoes look very comfortable. I will be hunting down new sandals at the end of the season and love the look of the blue ones.

    God bless.

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    1. I love the blue ones as well but I was going for comfort and utility on pair one!

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  3. I love my Birkenstocks and I never feel like they are "granny" shoes. I wore them when I lived in Key West when I was in my twenties as well. They are comfy and supportive and if you paint your toenails then they look quite flashy!

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    1. I have many friends who love them, and obviousy I was looking for a similar style, I think the difference is the padding addition that the SAS have, I find the others just a bit to hard for my sensitive feet!

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  4. For a recent trip to Paris I purchased a pair of Naiot from Amazon. I have Clarks as well but I have severe plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and other foot problems, most expensive shoes I've ever owned even with a coupon they were $180 but oh so worth it! I walked all over hilly, cobblestoned Paris for 10 days with no foot pain . I highly recommend them as well!

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  5. Well, our fashionable kids don't remember that us Moms were hippies in the 60's and 70's and we wore jeans for all occassions..we are just gong back to what works for us!!!!!!!

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  6. I've been on a search for comfortable shoes also. It is very frustrating. I found 1 pair by Propet that seem to be helping, but they look a bit orthopedic for my taste. Rght now I find being able to walk with less pain is the most important thing. I miss wearing cute shoes, heels, and flip flops. I used to wear Birks a lot (sometimes with socks) but there is no cushioning and they cause me major pain under the ball of my foot. One day I woke up and realized I now have my Grandma's feet!

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  7. Marilyn, my problem with Birks is both the lack of padding and the angled heel. I find that very uncomfortable. I need something with lots of padding on the top, which the SAS shoes seem to have in spades. If you look at the website though, they do have some very nice shoes and heels.

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