Ed emails SmartGeezer with this question:
I have a question about shoes. The shoes I buy only seem to last a few months before they start falling apart. I buy black shoes for work in the £40-£60 range and use a different shop each time in the hope of a different outcome. Recent examples include Clarks, Barratts, Jones but it is always the same. Usually the problem is the rubber in the heel disintegrating and coming away from the leather. I know £60 is not the most you can pay for shoes but is it too much to ask to get a year’s worth of use out of them? I am only 12 1/2 stone so I don’t think weight is the problem. Any suggestions?
Ed, I’m assuming you don’t walk funny, scuff your heels along the ground or are a full-time member of the Riverdance troupe. Sounds like you’re getting unlucky with your shoes basically. If you’re getting 2 months use out of £60 then I think you need to do two things;
Get your feet properly measured – buying online is not a good idea if you don’t know what size you are. Even if you do, it’s still a bitch. Go to a decent, probably independent shoeshop and get your feet properly measured. You may find you’re a half size up. Whilst you’re in the shop, try on a few shoes…then buy them online at a cheaper rate. Or, you can measure them at home, here’s a guide I found – Find Your Shoe Size – Step by Step Guide to Measuring Your Feet.
Buy more expensive shoes – If you’re paying £60 per 2 months, then why not pay £100 and get a much better quality of shoe that should last a year. This doesn’t mean you actually need to spend £100, there’s some deals out there and this is where SmartGeezer can help you out.
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