Thursday, May 31, 2012


Last weekend, I finally had to admit it: my favorite old leather sandals are kaput. Done for. Rolled up the curtain and joined the choir invisible.

I bought these sandals when we first moved to Jay, and I wore them every summer. I wore them throughout the summer when I was pregnant with Colden. I wore them to Texas numerous times, to Bead Fest Philly when I taught there, and to California. I've worn them out in the boat and the canoe, and I've worn them for trekking around New York City, shopping for beads.

I think I only paid around twenty bucks for them, so you can say I've gotten my money's worth. Only problem is that now that I know I have to replace them, I can't find anything as well-made in a similar style. Do a search for women's sandals on Amazon or Zappos, and all I get are these sky-high platform crappy sandals that look more suited for a ten minute strut on the catwalk than a walk in the woods.

However. Last fall, I bought a pair of Merrells loafers from a store up in Malone, and I am absolutely in love with them. I did a little search on the Merrells website and found these beauties:

And while they're a little sportier than I'd like, I think they'll work just fine. Not sure if I'll be able to just slip into them the way I could slip into my old pair.

When I told Tom that I wanted to replace my old sandals with a pair of Merrells, he said, "Expensive. Those are top-of-the-line, you know." Of course, I know they're top-of-the-line. I'm sure if I spent another twenty bucks on a pair of sandals, I'm most likely not going to get the same kind of mileage out of them. So I'd rather spend a little extra money and have a pair that I can rely on, year after year.

Wonder what new adventures my new sandals will have in store for me...?


JS said...
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JS said...

I have a pair of Merrells shoes and absolutely love them. Enjoy them.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Jen,
I say go for it, if they last you for years to come then they were well worth the money. I'm also one of those that likes to get one good pair of shoes and wear them until they have no more life in them. I would rather be comfortable then fashionable.