I figured it's about time I bought a new pair of shoes.
Prior to this purchase I had only four pairs: my heavily used black 1461 plain welt Dr. Martens, black ankle wedge boots for fancier occasions, cheap black cotton mary jane flats and a pair of beyond distressed Chucks. I'd wear the Docs most days of the week and those are putting up with the abuse well enough for the most part, but I expected that when I bought them earlier this year.
I never had much of an issue style-wise with having a small selection of shoes though I do realize that wearing a pair repeatedly for days on end wreaks havoc on the longevity of the shoes. This was why I was determined to find something I could alternate for everyday use. Docs sure are durable but I would also want to keep them looking nice longer.
So on to the shoe search. I was on the hunt for a good pair of boots but it's slim pickings here in sunny Manila outside of fast fashion stores and there's no way I'm paying upwards of $100 for shoes that will come apart in a few months. There's also that ever present difficulty of finding plain women's leather shoes, let alone boots. Why is it that stores think that bedazzling the heck out of a pair of shoes makes it more desirable? The simpler something is, the harder it is to source. Why this happens, I have no idea.
In my frustration I toyed with the idea of simply giving up and just get a pair custom made. I actually started looking for a decent shoemaker. I was already convincing myself to take the plunge when I came across the boots pictured above in one of the thrift stores along my train stop. Lines to the turnstiles were long as usual so I thought to kill time poking around the shops.
They were strewn carelessly on the dirty tiled floor. One glance and I knew they were something special. Nice leather and the shape and profile of the boots were just what I was looking for. And they fit! Please dont be expensive, I thought to myself. 380php! How about 350php? Even when faced with an absolute deal my miserliness could not help but show itself.
I went home thoroughly pleased with the boots and googled the brand out of curiosity... and they turned out to be worth quite a sum, with average prices of 300 €. Not designer tier, but pricey nonetheless. Italian made, sturdy and looks very similar to an Ann Demeulemeester pair I lost out on Ebay. The only negative thing I can say about them is that the shaft opening is a little too wide for my calves but I can live with that—for 350php I cant complain much.
Can you say score? Best thrift find of the year so far.