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New Shoes (or Sandals?)

I got new sandals! (Or shoes?) Not sure what people call them. But for me, it’s not really shoes, and not really sandals either, so maybe shoe-sandals? πŸ™ˆπŸ˜… Well, whatever, that’s not what I want to talk about. Hhe

Well, actually I had not intended to buy such new shoe-sandals. Let us just say that I happened to fall in love with them. It’s destiny πŸ˜ŒπŸ€—πŸ˜βœŒοΈ I was wandering around Ross because it’s been a long time that I didn’t go there and I’d been yearning to get new Skechers slip-on sneakers, my favorite. My old Skechers were really worn out. The sole was so thin πŸ˜” But I couldn’t find new shoes that were like them, so I kept postponing getting new ones. I mean, if I were to get new shoes, it must be Skechers and slip-on.

I am not someone who has to have many shoes just because I like or want them. Though I should admit that I now have more shoes than I have ever had before. This is a luxury in itself for me. When I buy sandals or shoes, it’s the function that I think about. I love multifunctional shoes, the ones I can wear comfortably to any events. So far, I love my Skechers also for that reason. They are not that sporty but still pretty so I can still wear them, go feminine, and match them with my skirt or “girly” dresses/clothes. By the way, by saying feminine or girly, I don’t mean to be sexist. I just don’t know how to better explain it. So if you think it’s inappropriate, I’m sorry.

Thus, as you can see from the pic, right now I have 5 shoes/sandals. As I have said before my most favorite is my slip-on Skechers, the ones on the bottom left. I love the color; it’s “neutral”, i.e. can go with clothes /dresses of any color. The design is great, too. It’s simple and easy to put on and off. So it saves me a lot of time. I really don’t like shoes that take a lot of time to put on and off. I consider it time-wasting. Such shoes will simply infuriate me especially when I’m in a hurry and try not to be late. It’s so not funny if I am late just because I need more time to put on/off my shoes. Gosh, no.

And that’s why, I “permanently” tie my Nike’s shoelaces, the black ones, upper left, just so I can wear it like a slip-on, though it’s still not as easily and quickly as when I am putting on/off my Skechers. Well, not sure if I have written about this before, but I bought them because at that time I was trying to get new sneakers for the same reason: my Skechers need to be replaced since the sole was so thin and thus getting more slippery and “not safe” πŸ˜”πŸ˜­ Then I ran into that Nike’s shoes. It’s actually for boys, but who cares, right? As long as it fits my feet, and the price is okay, then it’s okay. Well, I have never had Nike before. It’s too expensive for me in my country. So, this time, it was discounted a lot; that’s why I thought when else I would have the chance to have a glorified-brand shoes? πŸ™ˆπŸ˜…βœŒοΈ But another reason is because the logo is also black so it doesn’t really show that it’s Nike. I don’t want to “stand out”. I don’t like people seeing me from the brands that I wear because that’s not how I define myself. I bought it just for my own amusement and satisfaction, and of course because I needed new shoes at the first place. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have bought it. (But, well, I know this statement is kinda ironic now that I’m telling people around that I have Nike. LoL What a hypocrite I am! πŸ˜­πŸ˜…βœŒοΈβœŒοΈβœŒοΈ)

And then, the shoes on bottom right, I forgot where I bought them. I know I bought them online, but I forgot if it was from Amazon, e-bay, or Wish. But I know it was less than $20 because I love cheap stuff πŸ˜ŒπŸ€— The reason why I bought them? Well, for winter attire of course. I thought I could wear it when I travel during winter. LoL (Though I went nowhere last winter break πŸ™ˆπŸ˜­πŸ˜…βœŒοΈ) But I made sure it’s water-proof (or water-resistant?). I was hoping that my feet could stay warm when wearing them. And I could wear them in the rain, too. When and after, and even when it’s just drizzle. My issue is of course it takes more time to put on and off so I don’t really like it. I don’t really wear it unless I need to. So yeah, somehow, maybe it’s a waste. But at that time I only had my Skechers and the shoes on upper right.

Yup, that one, I bought in and brought from Indonesia. It wasn’t expensive. Maybe around $3. It was made of plastic/rubber. My intention when buying them was, well, I could use it when it rains, so it won’t get ruined. But, well, it’s not as comfortable, because the inner back side often hurts my feet. So I rarely wear them.

My sister voted no. This is one of those times I didn’t take her advice into account. Haha

Then, we come to my new favorites, the ones that I just bought, the black shoe-sandals in the middle at the top. I found it when I was trying to get new Skechers at Ross. I couldn’t find the Skechers I want but then I stumbled upon these cute shoes. At first, I really didn’t plan to buy it because I saw that the size was 5.5. My size is usually 6 though sometimes it can be 5.5 and 6.5, depending on the sign. I saw the price; it’s only $14.99 (then $16 sth with the taxt). I tried it on because I really love the designs. I even tried to walk on them. And it was comfortable. It didn’t hurt at all. It fit my feet perfectly. Usually new shoes/sandals would hurt on the first try but this one didn’t. And, so, I made a poll on Instagram and also asked my friend, but I had actually made up my mind that I was getting them. Well, I didn’t have such shoes yet, so it would be perfect to wear to certain events like when going out or meeting with friends. Usually people protest when I keep wearing sneakers every where πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ So yeah, I kinda need them 😊

Some reasons: aside from the price and the design and the comfort, it’s easy to put on/off. You just need to sleep your feet in/out and zip it up/down. And it’s small! It looks cute on my feet. I don’t like shoes/sandals that make my feet look big. I once read that for Chinese people, the smaller your feet are, the cuter and more beautiful you will look. Well, I am not Chinese, but I want to look cute and beautiful, too πŸ˜ŒπŸ€— I’m kidding. Haha I mean, I just happen to have small and beautiful feet. Whatever I put on, they would usually look good. That’s why I emphasize only on the necessary functions/prices/designs/comfort. And this one is not famously-branded either. I have never really cared about them anyway. That’s not the first thing that I think when buying things. Except for Skechers slip-on sneakers because I have fallen in love with them. Love shouldn’t be questioned πŸ˜ŒπŸ€—πŸ˜πŸ˜‚βœŒοΈβœŒοΈβœŒοΈ Besides, we should not define our beauty and our worth by such illogical measures. You can be beautiful whether or not your feet are small, whether or not you have fair skin, whether or not you have a slim body, etc. It’s wrong to think you are ugly just because you don’t follow the standard set by others. So, look at yourself, tell yourself that you are beautiful! ❀️😊

But, well, I have to be honest. Pretty shoes/sandals like that are really not for a long walk, and so it doesn’t really suit me. Pretty shoe-sandals like that are meant to be for a short walk, or maybe standing. You know, like, you put them on, you walk to your car, you get off yout car, and walk a little to your destination, spend the time almost sitting/standing/walking a little all the time. It’s definitely not for someone who should walk far or a lot from one place to another, from one building to another in upper floors, etc. Nope. Sneakers/flat shoes and flip-flop sandals are still the best for such activities. It’s incomparable. That’s why I cannot really exchange the comfort witht the beauty. Nope. It’s not worth it.

And, by the way, it reminded me of this one time when I bought high-heels. It was expensive, around $7. Well, in Indonesia, at that time, it was expensive for me. I had never bought one anyway. So I bought one because I wanted to give it a try. It looked beautiful as well. I just wanted to prove to myself that I could wear high heels too, that I didn’t wear them not because I couldn’t but because I chose not to. And of course, it didn’t last long. Because I walk(ed) fast and kinde “harsh”, like walking on bumby and rocky paths, etc. and of course it got worn out pretty quickly πŸ™ˆπŸ˜… And, well, I don’t plan to get another high-heels. Haha Sneakers, wedges, flat shoes are okay with me. Maybe I’m just not the high-heel type. I’m not judging those who love high-heels of course. I actually respect and admire them, I mean, how come they feel comfortable in such shoes? Wow! Me? Nope. It tortures me more than it makes me happy or look prettyπŸ™ˆπŸ˜…

So, well, that’s the story. Actually I want to have flip-flops/sandals for hiking and stuff. But I haven’t found one that is captivating so I don’t buy it because, well, I don’t really need it right now. I think, at this point, I’ve already got what I need. But I seriously want to have new Skechers slip-on sneakers πŸ˜πŸ™ˆβœŒοΈ

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