Okay, based on previous posts, you might have the impression that I’m a shoeholic, and maybe I was in the past.
These days though, I’m content to wander through shoe stores and look, but rarely buy. It’s a combination of factors: I’m really staying away from high heels (just can’t really wear them anymore), and I’m trying to stay focused on my spending goals, ie my next vacation and saving for a house.
I did have to buy these boots when I spotted them a few weeks ago.
Now hear me out.
I am a huge fan of ‘sensible’ footwear — Sorels, the same leather boots that paramedics and police officers wear, Clarks, etc, but there’s nothing that says they can’t be stylish at the same time. These, with their English riding boot aesthetic, and coming in dark grey (with which I’ve been obsessed for the past three years) fit the bill in spades.
If you’ve ever spent any time in Vancouver between September and May, you’ll have experienced the truly torrential downpours that are a hazard of living in Lotusland. You know in movies, where the plucky heroine gets caught in a downpour and her hair is instantly drenched, straggling down her face in rattails?
Yeah, that’s not just in movies; that happens for real in Vancouver, on a regular basis. As the rain continues to stream down, sometimes for hours, or even days, it puddles in massive pools on YVR sidewalks and roads. It’s like the Great Lakes out there, and as someone who spends 95% of her time outside the house as a pedestrian, something I have to navigate all the time. So waterproof footwear is a must, and when paired with my superawesome fluffy wool socks, actually kind of a treat to wear.
Finally, the boots were 50% off. (There was a bit of a snafu involving between trying the boots on downtown, having a hold put on a pair at Metrotown, and having that pair not be there, but after it was sorted out, the company had the boots delivered to me at home at no charge.) After all was said and done, the boots were a great deal at $55.
All in all, a completely justifiable purchase, I think. But now that I’m evaluating factors like this every time I’m in a shoe store, it’s probably no wonder that I’m mostly looking, not buying.