I bought myself a pair of Crocs a few months into my pregnancy. The flats I’d been wearing until then were comfortable before pregnancy, but a few months in, I found myself having pain around my soles because I needed more cushioning. I wasn’t a fan of the design by any means, but they were incredibly comfortable and I wore them through my pregnancy and beyond, ugly design be damned.
A few weeks ago, I went through my shoes and got rid of a few pairs that were either too high-heeled or too worn out. What was interesting was that the worn out pairs were from fast-fashion brands and it wasn’t even like I had really used them. They were pretty but looked like something my puppy chewed up after just a few wears. My crocs, on the other hand, are still functional despite the continuous usage. This lack of quality is also indicative of our own attitudes towards fashion today. We don’t look to see if a product lasts long, we’re content as long as it’s cute and affordable because we can always replace it. No one thinks about repair or (and most fast fashion accessories are incapable of being repaired) usage for a considerable period of time.
Buying From Specialty Brands
I have found that buying shoes from brands that specialize in shoes, makes a massive difference to quality. I adore Charles and Keith and Steve Madden for this very reason. Their shoes are well made and last much longer than those from fast-fashion brands. I honestly think it’s also okay to spend a five-figure sum on an impeccably made pair of designer shoes. I bought a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo flats a couple of years ago and I was blown away by how comfortable they were. I’ve worn them a fair deal and although the scuffs on their soles made me the alpam in me sad for like, 10 seconds, it felt great to see my shoes used, loved even. I mean, if you bought something nice, why would you not wear them all the time?
Cost Per Wear
Say it with me now –
The more you wear something, the less expensive it becomes.
This is why well made, carefully crafted products will last the test of time whereas cheap fast fashion goods break after a few wears. I mean really, what’s better – a Rs. 20,000/- pair of ballet flats you’ve worn 200 times and can wear 300 times more or a Rs. 1,000/- pair that breaks after 4 uses?
It’s also important for us to change our own mindsets when it comes to buying any fashion items. For starters, shoes aren’t Pokemon – you really, really don’t have to catch them all. Instead, spend your hard-earned money on classic items that are well made, capable of being repaired and are items that you will wear and love wearing for a long, long time.