Time for retirement - part 1
My shoes, not me. I wish!
Oh man.. I am saying good-bye to quite a few pairs of well loved shoes this year aren't I? You all know how emotionally difficult that is for me, as chronicled here. Saying good-bye to a pair of well-worn shoes is the most difficult wardrobe related thing for me - a lot happens in a pair of shoes and they really take me the mile in life.
Today, I say good-bye to my navy Michael Kors Hamilton flats that has served me loyally through 3.5 years.
I remember the day I bought them - it was in December and it was cold and I had had a long day at work and just wasn't feeling like going home yet. I went to Brown's shoes store on Robson Street and wandered around without intending to buy anything. I came across this pair and tried it on and thought 'OMG, these are AMAZINGLY comfortable' - checked the price (on sale for $80) and before I knew it, they were in my hands on the walk home with me. I loved them - the color and style just seemed to work so well for both work and play, and man, they looked AMAZING with my gray jeans. I even spent an extra $20 to have the inner sole replaced last year when they were starting to show wear and tear, just to have them for a little bit longer. Sadly, the sole near the front of the shoe is really starting to wear thin and the rubber is starting to split. I cant' salvage them anymore and am so sad to let them go. Since I started tracking in my Stylebook, it says I've worn them for a total of 136 days for a total cost per wear of $0.75 (including the extra $20 for the inner sole). I bought these shoes about a year before I started using Stylebook so the cpw is actually much lower.
These pair of flats actually taught me that I need to buy flats with a slight lift in the heel to avoid the back from splitting. The way I step wears out the heels of flats really quickly (as experienced here) but with a slight heel I'm able to wear them for several years before they show heavy decline.
Farewell my friend, I will truly miss you.