I have a problem. Well, in particular, right now, I mean I have a shoe shopping problem: I require perfection. The issue isn’t FINDING the perfect shoe, it’s being able to afford it. For months (or my whole life, it seems), I’ve been CRAVING, obsessing over, consumed with the Robert Clergerie “pepo” sandals. They are perfect for me, I know I’d wear them forever, and all the time, and I’m in love with them. I’ll admit, I’ve had them in and out of my carts at various online shopping destinations for months, and they’ve actually been as low as $269 at Amazon, but prudence got the better of me and I didn’t buy them. I cannot afford such an expensive pair of shoes right now, no matter what the eventual cost per wear would be. I just can’t.
So I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find a substitute pair, which never works for me; once I’ve honed in on the perfect shoe, there’s no getting it out of my head. I can do that with clothes, because my tastes in clothing are so “basic” there’s usually a less expensive version of what I love available somewhere. And I can always find it. But with shoes, I have such specific, and sometimes weird taste that I can never find an acceptable pair to take the place of the “holy grail” shoes/sandals/etc. I guess my Camper sandals have been a pretty good alternate pair, but they’re not a t-strap, and they’re not Robert Clergerie.
So this weekend I decided to look for something completely different, maybe neutral, but still with a little height, and ended up with these Splendid sandals. I generally don’t like cork shoes, or criss cross straps, but I did like the way these looked on my feet. And the price is right ($63 at Zappos), so I didn’t hesitate. I sized down a 1/2 size, and I can’t say they’re the MOST COMFORTABLE shoes EVER, but they’re light, and cute, and cheap. And I don’t have an easy-to-wear neutral sandal, so…
Have you been “stuck” on the perfect shoe and not found a good substitute? What is shoe perfection for you?