Sometimes the planets align and you can actually thrift that expensive goodie that your pocketbook balks at!
Case in Point:
So check out this fabulous boot from Nine West that truly causes me to salivate more than a little!
And with a price tag of $250, it also makes me weep a bit too! I just can't....especially on the heels (ha ha, no pun intended) of a $150 boot purchase for my birthday! Oddly, as I'm sitting here typing, the wheels in my head are STILL turning as to how I can make these happen....Oh man oh man oh man.....
Quite a great consolation prize is this pair of VINTAGE 9West booties.
I thrifted these bad boys literally DAYS after I saw the current ones. While not EXACTLY the same, obviously, they come a really close and contented second. They have many of the same elements that make the ones above so special:
- 100% leather
- Cordoban tone
- Rounded toe
- Same height
- Same shape at the top
- Same western feel
And guess what?! MY SIZE! For $3.50, I just about RAN out of the Goodwill with them! Slight Problem: When I got home and started to wear them, and they hurt like you wouldn't believe. Apparently, years of neglect and un-use left the leather really tight. I tried to bear through it a couple of times and thought my feet would cry genuine tears after 30 minutes.
I tried stretching them with the water in the ziplock bag method, and while it helped a bit, not nearly enough. I was concerned that I'd have to put them in my store, but I still had one more Hail Mary play - professional stretching. For $10, a local shoe repair store was able to stretch them for me. WOW! What a difference!!! While they're still a tad stiff, they are immensely wearable! So for $13.50 instead of $250; I now own a very similar pair and they're still my beloved Nine West!
While I'd still love to own the current pair, if they never end up on my feet....how could I even complain? This pair that I thrifted is a most delightful, Candy bar from God!!