A good buy
- Words often used to make peace with an indulgent purchase when the item is new and shiny.
- An item bought for a good price.
- Serendipitously finding an item you wanted on the second hand market and acting on it.
- Saving up and buying a high quality item while resisting the temptations.
- Not buying things you don’t need.
- An item that give you lot of pleasure and a good cost per wear.
I am not immune to lust at first sight. Most of my clothes are haphazard accidents that I couldn’t pass up, on the second hand market. I bought these shoes 3 years ago & worn them 400+ times. I think I am now qualified to rave about the product. (This is not a review.) The title of a good purchase is not something I take lightly or bestow upon too many things. But the truth is revealed with time and wear.
A good buy
When a ‘worn in’ blog post is more exciting than the ‘new in’ blog post, you know that it was a good buy. When you cant shut up about all the details that make it special, 3 years after the purchase date, it’s a good buy.
These shoes were a good purchase. This pair may be the benchmark against which I compare all other ballet flats I will wear in the future. I learnt that it can be done : you can make dainty looking shoes that are sturdy and are made to aide movement. Let me make my case ….
The way they aged
The sole is not absolutely flat and paper thin ( shame on you Porselli). The sole is very sturdy while looking sleek. The sole doesn’t make me feel every pebble on the streets I walk on. The sole isn’t chunky but has substance. The sole has flexibility. One never forgets their first
good great pair.
This is a rather useless post since you cant find these on the market. ( I found one pair on eBay for anyone who wants to take a closer look at their make.) I am trying to make sartorial memories on details that I want to associate with good quality. This is what 180$ of my hard earned money bought me ( on final sale at La Garconne ). The square toe box design made it unique and a subtle twist on a classic. I consider it money well spent. If I ever see them on the second hand market, I will grab the pair for a replacement.
When is a shoe worn out ?
From the view point of sustainability and in spirit of zero waste, small scuff marks are not an excuse to throw out and replace. I want to protest consumerism in a small way by questioning how we call moderately used items worn out/stale and throw them away. So where can I draw the line ? A few axioms :
Never use the words ‘i got rid of it’. That disposable attitude got us into this mess.
Do not let go until it can no longer be resoled. I want the cobbler to say the words.
A well made shoe has a balance. When it gets wobbly, it’s time to let it go.
If made with a softer leather, you will see toes spilling out after some point and making holes in the leather.
When a shoe starts to hurt, long after it has been broken in, its time.
It’s not time for this pair to go. “100 more wears, dear.” ( … To my eyes, the pristine is less beautiful than the broken. Quality is something I chase but I only understand it when its cracked and still keeps going. This is a two way relationship. It brings it’s best. I do my part : by maintaining, repairing, cherishing and using. )
When is an item worn out, according to you ?
Do you enjoy wearing it during it’s last leg when it starts to look worn out but is functional?
Brown leather looks better worn in than black leather ? Agree / Disagree ?