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Sunday, November 7, 2010
My Financial Regret? Buying These Chanel Ballet Flats
The New York Times recently asked readers to describe some "financial decisions, or purchases, that they wish they could reverse." Commenters wrote things like:
"No joke. … I would never have gotten a master’s degree. … What a waste."
"Dumping my best boyfriend, at 27, and graduate school debt. … The split for those two events shows in the lines of my palms, forever."
"Naïve in my 20s, I cashed out $12,000 in retirement savings to pay deposits and move-in fees for a new apartment. Had I left it there, it would have been worth about $200,000 at retirement. Oops!
I have my share of financial regrets too, but my most recent one in the fashion category is buying the Chanel cap-toe ballet flats I had coveted for so long. I treated myself to a pair last Christmas and I think I have worn them,oh, maybe five times since then. Maybe six.
The first time I wore them I took them off to find a tiny slit in the leather, by my left baby toe. No idea how it got there. Have my cheap shoes ever gotten a slit in them? Noooo. When I brought my wounded Chanel to the shoe repair man, he took one look at it and launched into a tirade about how the more expensive the shoes, the worse they are constructed. Then he ranted on in Italian, probably about what an idiot I was and how he has a timeshare in Boca he'd like to sell me.
And can I tell you how uncomfortable these ballet flats are? The toe box is attractively shaped, but only a woman with an abnormally small big toe can wear these shoes without wincing. There is no cushioning in the sole, which may be fine if you glide on lush carpets all day or are in a wheelchair. My office floor is concrete (supposed to look industrial chic) and the streets of Manhattan are concrete; a pair of rubber flip-flops offers your feet more comfort and protection than these shoes do. If you tell me you have Chanel ballet flats and they are the most comfortable shoes you own, I will not believe you. In the least. Maybe if you have artificial legs.
Hunter boots now, emailing me that all the girls on campus are wearing them.
What about you, dear readers? Does a pair of shoes fall on your financial fashion regrets list like it does mine? Maybe it's a handbag? Piece of jewelry? Do tell!