They are supposed to have a slip-resistant sole. They cost $29.99. They weren't on sale and I paid full price for them, because my other pair was looking too shabby for me to wait for a sale on these particular type of shoes. With our 8.75% sales tax, they came to $32.61. That put the final cost of the shoes slightly above what I had budgeted for shoes ($30), but that's OK.
I still need to buy a pair of pants to wear to the office, so, hopefully, that will be my next purchase. One of these days, when I next feel like going shopping for clothes! LOL.
Today, I am grateful for:
- New shoes!
- Feeling up to shopping for them.
- Finding a pair in my size.
- Not feeling guilty about paying full price for them because it's what I had budgeted for.
- Having a little bit of leeway in the budget to accommodate the sales tax.
Every time I buy a pair of black shoes, I am reminded of a story my mother had once told me. As a child, I never had a pair of black shoes. I had several pairs of shoes in all the colors of the rainbow, but not a single pair of black shoes. And I longed to have a pair of black shoes. Finally, after I begged and begged, my mother relented and bought me a pair of black patent leather shoes for my 9th birthday.
Several years later, when I asked her why she wouldn't let me wear black shoes as a child, she told me it was because, when she was growing up, all her mother would buy for her and her sisters were black shoes since they were so serviceable and could be worn with any outfit! She said her mother would take her to the shoe store and say to the salesperson, "A pair of black shoes for this child, a pair of black shoes" (and mother would drag out the word "black" so it sounded more like "blaaack"). Mother, obviously didn't like her black shoes!
My mother was one of 4 daughters (and one of 9 children, altogether). She said her mother had a method when it came to buying shoes for the girls. One year, the two older girls (my mother's older sisters) would get new shoes (black, of course) and their old shoes would be handed down to the two younger girls (my mother and her younger sister). The following year, the two younger girls would have new shoes bought for them, while the older girls had to manage with last year's shoes. Mother didn't say (and I didn't think to ask) what would have happened if the older girls' feet out-grew their shoes during that period! I also don't know if Grandmother had a similar method for shoes for her sons, as well.
By the time the younger girls received their older sisters' shoes, those shoes would have been worn for two years, already. And, I suppose, if the shoes were still in good condition after being worn by the younger girls, they would have been passed down to a cousin or two. Mother had several cousins as her mother had been the oldest of 14 children.
My mother continued this tradition of passing down shoes, as I remember her giving my outgrown shoes to one of my cousins. And, at least one of my cousins has given her daughter's shoes to my daughter! So, we are keeping the hand-me-down shoes tradition going! LOL!