How the shoe industry confuses me

I bought three pairs of shoes last night. They’re cute enough, three pairs of flats to bring life back to my sad shoe collection. The dogs, as much as I love them, have done a number on almost every pair I own. My flats, especially, since they get worn more often and therefore, left in more easily accessible places, seem to have taken the brunt of the doggy beatings. As spring has hesitantly started to peak out at us, I came to the realization that I had no flats to get me out of my winter boots.

So, I went to Ardene and bought three pairs of cute flats. Three pairs for $15.

Usually, I buy cheap shoes – I’ll be the first to say it. I love shoes, but I don’t want to spend a lot of money on them. This is partially because of those aforementioned puppies and their teeth. Of course, this means that the shoes I buy end up falling apart by the end of the season.

Sometimes, I wonder if I’m doing it wrong. Would it ultimately be cheaper to buy more expensive shoes? Would I have to replace them as often, or could I wear them year after year? And, would I want to? Would a more expensive shoe actually be more comfortable than the cheapies I pick up at jewelry stores for kids?

Last night, I bought $5 shoes. There’s no way I can see that buying a more expensive shoe will actually save me money. I’ll stick with these for now and face the decision again next year.

(Once, I bought a gorgeous pair of flats with buckles wrapped across the toe. They were from Le Chateau, originally, perhaps, $60, but on sale from the outlet, so I think I got them for $20. Wore them once. That Saturday morning, Mocha proudly brought them to us in bed, the toe chewed right off. I cried. They were the last good quality pair of flats I have ever bought.)

What’s your shoe philosophy? Do you buy the cheapest you can find or splurge so your feet will be happy? Should I take the plunge and spend a decent amount of money on a pair of good quality shoes?

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