I won’t buy crummy quality shoes. Sure, you may think those flimsy shoes are a bargain at $12.99, but I can assure you that you are wrong. You are being drawn towards the “False Value Trap” and I advise you to run away in whatever shoes you are wearing and to not look back. Don’t let the price sticker blind you to the reality that crummy shoes are something you should never buy (especially if you are a frugal minded shoe shopper).
A Frugal Man Buying Good Shoes? Huh?
Don’t act all surprised. Yes, I am frugal. Yes, I buy good quality shoes. That’s part of the reason that I am frugal; so that I can afford to buy good quality shoes. I buy no name white vinegar instead of brand name vinegar so that I can buy comfortable, good quality shoes. Good shoes are important to me. Cleaning with brand name white vinegar is not.
What’s Wrong With Buying Cheap, Crummy Quality Shoes?
Well, any reason you can think of really.Uncomfortable
First, cheap shoes are very uncomfortable. Sure they might fit great in the store when you first put them on, and their cheapness might make you think you are getting a great bargain, but don’t be fooled. Once you take those shoes home and walk around in them for an hour or two they will start to squeak and you foot will start rubbing around in them. You keep telling yourself that they just ‘need to stretch’ or ‘fit to my foot’ and that this takes a few wearings. Deep down you know you have made a bad purchase, but you are in denial.Painful
Next you discover huge blisters where that pair of cheap shoe were rubbing against your feet. If you think they hurt now, just wait until they pop and you have a open wounds rubbing against your shoes. Bandages don’t really help. You eventually end up wearing your good quality shoes anyway so that your blisters can heal properly (so why not just wear good shoes in the first place?)Poor Construction
Not that you would ever want to wear that crummy pair of shoes again, but if you are still in denial and do choose to wear them again, they will start to fall apart immediately. First, the toe will start to lift, just a bit at first. Next the heel will start to separate from the rest of the shoe, again slowly at first. Once these first signs of falling apart happen, however, cheap quality shoes tend to fall apart within a few wearings (oftentimes at the most inopportune of times).
The Case For Good Quality Shoes
Good quality shoes are well worth paying more for (especially if you are on your feet all day like I am). You don’t necessarily need to buy the most expensive shoes, but I generally tend to target the upper mid-price to lower high-priced range. Of course a sale can get you a better quality shoes for a better price.Fit and Comfort
A good quality shoe needs to fit your foot. It is best to go into the store and try them on. Try on a whole bunch of them and make sure to walk, jump, and run around. Remember not to care at all about what people might think as you run around the aisles and leap high into the air (just be careful of small children). Buy the pair that fits your unique feet the best (the ASICS GT-2170 Running Shoe, for example, fits my foot like a glove and is a good choice for me).
Good quality shoes are designed to just fit better and better as you wear them and they gradually contour to the shape of your foot. A good fit = superior comfort.Durability
I have a few pairs of good shoes and I rotate wearing them. This evens out the wear and allows them to dry out between wearings. Using this method, it is not uncommon for a pair of good quality running shoes to last me four to five years. Dress shoes can last even longer because I wear them less frequently. Good quality shoes can last you a long time if they are treated properly (using a shoe horn is also an important way to add longevity to your shoes).
Cheap quality shoes are not a good choice for the frugal minded shopper because they represent “false value”. Good quality shoes may cost more up front, but they offer far superior value in terms of comfort and durability.
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