Frye Molly Braid Flats, Available from zappos.com for $126 reduced from $152. Purchased by me for $39 tonight!
If I wasn’t trying superhard to milk this scenario and make a really search engine friendly subject heading, I would have called this blog entry: I’m fabulous but I have no principles. But I did in fact get an awesome deal on shoes and I do like to take advantage of any data I can use to prove that I’m a “expert at bargain-hunting” So, I think the current title is more grabbing. Point is: tonight, I went to Century 21 in search of a purchase that would make me forget that whole economy is falling apart. (Yes. I admit it. Circuit City’s Liquidation made my heart sink.)
The first thing I saw was a pair of BearPaw boots for cheap. ($33.97) BearPaws are like Uggs, without the name. As you can see from BearPaw’s Web site, there are a lot of advantages to wearing sheepskin and suede boots. Unfortunately, some people think that not only is eating animals ethically wrong, but wearing it is kind of awful too. I was, up until tonight, trying very hard to be one of those people. But in the months that I’ve tried to avoid adding anymore leather to the leather I already own, I’ve developed (possibly related to the not-eating-of-animal-products) really, really bad circulation.
Basically, if I go outside (or get into bed when the neighbors are messing with the heat) my feet get so cold that I lose all feeling and color. I’m not going to go into gory detail here, but people who have seen it know that’s it’s really weird looking, and I frequently find myself in so much pain that I actually cry.
So, people have been encouraging me to get Uggs. My friend the 3rd year medical student offered to give a “Doctor’s Note” to get out of my eco-principles. My friend K, (who owes me a blog entry) retorted: “Forget your principles! I’m wearing Uggs! I am not a principled person?” While the answer to that question provokes enough thought for three blog entries, I think she had a point. So when I saw the BearPaws, I felt myself weakening.
I called my mom.
Me: Can you just listen to me tell you how cold my fear are, to alleviate my guilt? Mom: Ok. Me: I walked 10 mins to the library today. I lost feeling in my feet, and even though it was closed, I had to beg the security guard to let me warm up inside, like the Little Match Girl. When I left, my feet were so frozen and in so much pain, it felt like I was being stabbed with knives, [Like the Little Mermaid] and I was so unbalanced I could barely walk! Mom: First of all, you have a problem. Second of all, get the boots. Your feet are more important than your principles.
The thing is, when I tried them on, they didn’t fit. And while I was walking around the store trying to see if they would loosen up, I spotted the Frye flats. A few months ago, I was in Century 21 when the shoes were 80 bucks and I spent a long time wearing them, and wanting them, and telling my Good Friend that I simply could not buy them because I was not buying leather. But tonight, they weren’t even 80 bucks. They were $39.00. And I had already worked myself into a total tizzy of principle-forsaking.
So I bought them. They are not remotely going to keep my feet warm. They killed a cow. I have rationalized this by looking at how hard a time the store has obviously had selling these shoes. “If you don’t buy them,” I told myself, “The poor cow will have died for nought!”
Yeah, it sounds pretty sketchy to me, too. But there are advantages: I got an awesome deal; I can tell all my ballet-flat-hungry readers where to get this awesome deal (they have a million pairs left, see above: “cows die for nought;”) If I start feeling better about any of my myriad shortcomings, I can chastise myself for being hypocritical and unprincipled.
On a more positive note, it does make me think about how hard it is be to “Green” which has gotten me even more excited about the blog I’m doing for a new site called Civil Eats, about the dark side of soy.
Wanna read more about Circuit City or Bargain-Hunting? You know where do it. And if you love getting depressed about the state of the economy, you won’t want to miss the article I wrote about the Seattle Post-Intelligencer folding.