As traditional ideas of what constitutes feminine interests go I'm a pretty poor excuse for a woman. Weddings bore me, I don't have a maternal bone in my body, I hate rom-coms, don't wear perfume, prefer best bitter to wine, have never seen Sex & The City, Love, Actually or Dirty Dancing, I don't fancy the bloke off Poldark, can take or leave chocolate and, in the past five years, I've probably spent less than a hundred quid on shoes.
Its not that I don't appreciate fine footwear but, as a confirmed maxi wearer, who sees my feet anyway? I'd rather save my cash for festivals, travel and having fun and just get my meagre collection of mostly second-hand shoes patched up by the cobbler.
If I do fancy a change then there's loads of women out there who wear their shoes just a few times before getting bored and flogging them off at the car boot sale. Like these yellow leather, stack heeled beauties I snapped up for 50p yesterday. This time last year they retailed at £65 which is the same amount of money that we spent on accommodation for half of the month we spent travelling India.
If my new-to-me yellow boots weren't enough fab footwear for one day, less than an hour later, be still my beating heart, I spotted these. Original 1960s black leather & suede lace-up boots in my size. My 50p piece was handed over in less than the blink of an eye.
According to my friend Amie, some people have a real problem with the thought of wearing second-hand shoes. More fool them. A quick once-over with a wet wipe and a brisk polish and they're as good as new. After a near lifetime of wearing other people's cast-offs my feet have yet to fall off and the money I've saved from splurging on fancy shoes has gone towards the most incredible experiences.
I've just realised my entire outfit cost £4.98. I bet I'm the cheapest date over at Patti's party today.
|Faith yellow boots (50p, car boot sale) worn with 1970s old rose print maxi (99p, eBay), fringed bodysuit (£1.49, Age UK), 1960s suede waistcoat (Xmas present from Liz), vintage tooled leather owl bag (£2, Islamic Relief)|
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