I am getting awfully worried and concerned.
I’ve said before that I hate shopping, especially for clothes and shoes, but the time is coming around again for me to replace some footwear.
The boots I bought last year are fine, in fact I haven’t worn them as much as I thought I would, having purchased a rather comfy pair of trainers which I’ve worn practically every day.
I have been looking in shop windows recently and gagging at the prices of things to put on my feet, and I reckon that 50% off means you only get one.
In short, there is no way I can afford what they are asking, unless I go into a chain store and buy cheap, which would last, say, a month or so, not taking into account the lack of ankle support and possible damage to my feet/back in the duration.
I’ve done this exercise before, and the sums speak for themselves.
Going the cheap route, I can purchase a pair of deck shoes/plimsolls for around a fiver.
The thing is, they will probably pinch my toes, rub my heels and after two or three days, the inner lining will either ripple or come out altogether when I take them off as I have, er, rather sweaty feet.
Several years ago I purchased 4 such pairs in various colours for the office to go with whatever I was wearing (blue, brown, green or black).
Once I’d worn my feet in to fit them, they lasted less than a single summer and Hubby ended up taking them all outside to be shot, they were that disgusting.
I used to wear moccasin type footwear, purchasing several like pairs at a time from our pet shoe shop, but even this simple style will now set me back almost a hundred pounds!
The question is, do I fork out a fiver every few weeks, or bite the bullet and part with seventy plus quid in one go and hope they’ll be comfy and last a year (budget juggling will have to be done to accommodate such a large outgoing).
Sadly, we haven’t found an outlet locally for work boots, otherwise I’d go back to them (by the way, the pair I put by the rubbish bins disappeared within hours, so hopefully someone is getting squeakless wear out of them).
As for something like strappy open toe sandals, with my hooves?
Totally impractical for the boat and walking the dog!