Is it really a bargain?
Once upon a time, the “skint” reason made sense. If my work shoes broke and there was only enough money for bills and a spare £12, I couldn’t go out and buy patent leather brogues. Buy I could by something for £9 that would get me through until the next payday, or maybe the next three. I had all the different shoe glues, and I could hand-stitch repairs like a pro. I did what had to be done. I also did what I though I deserved. How could I spend big money on something as frivolous as fashion? I felt embarrassed to spend money on myself in that way.
But now that the insanity of my teens and 20s are over and life is much more secure and stable (in every way), why am I buying things that I know won’t last? Many people are still in that position, and having been there I know how wonderful it is that there are budget places to buy clothes. And, to be fair, I still have some £5 items that have lasted for years. It’s a gamble, and sometimes it’s a necessity.
Now I want to think more about everything that I buy. The most recent item in my collection is a pair of boots for work. Three cheaper pairs I bought fell apart in the first week (I won’t name the high street store). So I went looking for something more dependable. I came across the Schuh 365 day returns. Most of my shoes only last a few months. Every time I throw a pair away (or put them in a shoe recycling bin when I can find one), it just feels uncomfortable. And that’s not just because I’m in new shoes.
It’s hard to resist a bargain, but if I can’t rely on it to last, maybe it’s not a bargain after all.