All good things must come to an end.
There comes a point in anyone’s lifetime where one’s favourite item of clothing or footwear dies on one.
This week I have lost two pairs of shoes. Two black patent leather shoes.
This is a bit of a disaster because the next BPL (Black Patent Leather) Shoe Day is on 15 April 2011.
On the surface all would appear to be well. It is only when you turn them over that you will notice the cause of death:
Slow steady heat induced sole disintegration.
Sydney weather encourages all my shoes to commit hari kari. I have about 10 pairs of boots and shoes that need to have the soles stuck back on.
I have it on good authority that Selleys Glue will reignite the relationship between footwear and sole. I fully intend to purchase the aforesaid Selleys Glue and shall report on the reconciliation process in due course.
Sadly, the division between my favourite sensible work shoes, my Fiorduna patent leather pumps, cannot be so easily salvaged with Sellys Glue.
Sometimes I do wonder though whether I should save or bury shoes.
The first pair of shoes at the top (the Schuh shoes) were my second pair of stilettos. I bought them from Schuh in Paisley 20+ years ago. They cost me 18 quid. The Fiorduna pumps I bought from a rather expensive Italian shoe store in Sydney, just up from the Chanel shop. They cost me about $150 on sale in or around August 2000. I have to say that the Schuh shoes were a better investment. Both pairs of shoes have sentimental value.
After some initial thoughts of resuscitating the casualities using glue and so on I have decided to give both pairs of shoes a decent burial and buy myself a new pair of black patent leather heels. The question is, which shoes shoud I buy that will be immediately comfortable and live to earn their purchase price?
If I had a tax refund cheque I would probably bite the bullet and buy a pair of these (Christian Louboutin Pigalles would pretty much match with anything).
At the moment, however, I am unsure of it whether or not Louboutins are Sydney humidity proof. It would break my heart (and be pointless) to spend $700 or thereabouts on a pair of shoes and not get at least 10 years wear out of them. I have no difficulty buying expensive things provided that they earn their keep.
Generally we’ve noticed in this house that investing a wee bit more in a well known brand pays dividends in the long run.
For example, my husband has had a lifelong obsession with Levi 501 jeans. He has to buy these in or from the USA. Apparently this is due to the particular type of cotton you get over there. If you get American made Levi jeans he tells me that you will get about 4 years out of them. The lifecycle of my husband’s Levi jeans is as set out below:
– 18 months to break them in
– 24 months of loving them
– 6 months of realising that no other pair of jeans will ever look quite this good on your ever again
– thereafter imminent death usually when one is trying to run for a train.
A pair of Levi 501 jeans will cost between $80 and $120 (Australian) to buy via eBay online. If you amortise the cost of these over 4 years the cost per annum is $30 per year. This is the standard that I apply to most purchases – the upper limit for most purchases is $30 to $40 (Australian) per year.
I get really irritated when clothes do not even manage to last past the first wearing before displaying suicidal tendencies.
A couple of weeks ago I was quite pleased to pick up a brand new with tags silk chiffon dress from one of my favourite local thrift stores. It looked lovely on the way to work, was comfy and floaty and breezy in the warm Sydney autumn sunshine. A little bit too breezy as it turned out because the zip had decided to separate on me from waist to rib.
Luckily I was wearing a full length slip at the time so the display of flesh shown above was not apparent to my workmates.
I’ll be going back to eBay buying at this rate.
Suicidal Black Chiffon Dress: Love Me Me
Stiletto Sandals: Dahto Shoes Sydney, Australia (bridal and other shoes made to order)
The Minx wears: Rock Your Baby Tee & her big brothers grey marl knickers
What was your best clothing/footwear investment purchase?