While on a water break during my gardening this weekend, I decided it is time for a new series here on Fashion RECON. If you've been following me any length of time, you know I am shoe obsessed. So a series concerning my favorite fashion item is the perfect addition to my little blog.
For the next 52 weeks I will have a post about shoes on Tuesdays, maybe from my closet, a new addition or the latest and greatest high priced designer shoes in my dream shopping bag. We will talk footwear!
For the first edition, I want to tell you the story of a shoe I almost missed out on owning.
A couple of weeks ago I was reading a post on Arash Mazanani's blog concerning sale shopping which brought to mind the pair of Coach shoes I bought at 80% off. I have a habit of putting the receipt in the bottom of the shoe box just so I can see how long I have owned the shoe and what I paid for it. I bought these in September of 2006. I had no idea I have owned them so long until I looked, just for purposes of this post. They are still in perfect condition.
I found these on the clearance rack at DSW in my size and on sale for a whopping 80% off regularly priced at $139.89. Whoa! Coach shoes for $28??? I got really excited!!
Then I had to pause and step back. Why am I ready to buy this shoe? Is it the rabbit fur across the top so that wedges have the feel of fancy lady bedroom slipper" shoes?
Is it the wedge? Is it the suede? Do I need this shoe to compliment my wardrobe? Am I ready to buy this because the label says COACH and it is such a deep discount? What is the motivation here?
I had no concrete idea why I was ready to lay out money for this shoe. So I put it back on the rack and left the store.
I dreamt about that shoe for the rest of the day. I thought about it before I went to sleep. I thought about it when I woke up the next morning. I thought about the soft cozy rabbit fur. I thought about the quality suede. I thought about just how I would wear it. I cursed myself for being practical and putting it back.
By noontime, I had decided to spend my lunch hour speeding to the DSW and praying the shoe was still on the rack. I knew if it wasn't I would be very disappointed.
Obviously, my shoes were still there. Again, I tried them on and asked myself if the label was why I wanted them so much. This time I knew the answer to that question was "NO." I had fallen in love for a number of reasons and the label plus the discount was simply the icing on the cake!
I hope you've enjoyed this first Shoesday edition. Do you have a similar shoe tale? Please share!!