I just did something for the first time...I bought a pair of shoes off of www.ebay.com. Now, I've purchased many things from this wonder of wonders...but never something that I needed to wear or rely on for a good fit. But I took a risk that is going to pay off in spades! I've been looking for my favorite brand of shoes--Keen. They are made in the USA and are a little pricey. Ok. A lot pricey. But they are awesome shoes and fit my feet extremely well. I have a couple of pair, identical, except one is brown and the other is black.
I purchased them at Nordstrom's and they have lasted through extensive wear and tear. But with our recent move...they are somewhere extraordinarily safe, protected, and entirely unknown to me. In a week and a half, I'm taking a couple of my kids half way across the country and know that I'm going to be doing a lot of walking. My clogs and flip flops aren't going to do the job. And I've been thinking that I need to prepare and get my good walking shoes ready to go. But with utter chaos in the city of cardboard boxes, I decided it would be most sane to just purchase another pair of my favorites! Who couldn't use another pair of comfortable shoes?
So I hit the mall on Saturday to check out the selections at the European Comfort Shoe Store, Macey's, and Nordstrom's Rack. I must be searching between inventory reduction sales and new lines yet to come...because I did not find the pair or the size that fit the bill. Keen's run anywhere between $90-120. When I'm willing to break the bank and get a pair...I want the pair waiting for me--if you know what I mean! But I had absolutely no luck on Saturday. And rather than going downtown, to see if the only other store in eastern Washington that I hadn't checked yet, had a pair--I turned to ebay.
I was able to glean the colors, styles, and sizes that I wanted to look at by typing my request on their search bar. The prices varied from very low to full retail. If I were a patient woman, I would watch the auctions to score the best deals.
I think that I have found a way to feed my expensive shoe appetite. It pays to "shop" around, even if it means "around" the country! For the price that I paid, I could easily buy 2-3 pairs off of ebay, versus at an expensive retail store. I'm definitely going to check out ebay when it comes to shoes for my kids. I don't know why I haven't thought of this before...but it was a huge "cha-ching" moment and worth sharing!!
So when the dust settles upon my return, I will start looking for the perfect Keen sandals to augment my growing collection. I only buy a pair of really good shoes about every other year, so this is like ChRiStMaS in April...May...and maybe, June!