I used to like shoe shopping. I ended up with a whole shelf of shoes once before I slowly made my way through them and got rid of those that were looking grungy or worn or just plain rotten. I blame it on warehouse sales of the time and trawling the cheaper shoe stores. I used to go to the warehouse sales and pick up shoes from Hush Puppies and Clarks at relatively cheap prices but then I realised that there was a problem with quality.
I don’t know if its the overall quality of Hush Puppies and Clarks shoes that have deteriorated or if its just the shoes at the sale. Either way, I found myself with broken heels and flapping soles and just an overall sense of disappointment. Not to mention an aching wallet!
These days, when I need a pair of decent shoes, I wait for a sale at Isetan then head straight for the Easy Spirit and Geox shoe counters. Both these shoe brands are very expensive here in Malaysia ranging from RM350 to RM600 for a pair of leather pumps at regular prices. Ouchies! I however, wait till they go on 50-60% off <- smart shopper! 😉
I got my first pair of Geox leather pumps on 50% off on a bit of a whim. The bit of plastic on the heel needs to be replaced due to a bit of carelessness on my part, but overall, its held up great over a year and still looks relatively good considering the amount of time I spend in them, so I consider it a good buy.
As for Easy Spirit I don’t know much about the shoe brand except that its not all that expensive over in the USA where it hails from. The shoes, both casual and formal are comfortable and fit my feet well which is why I keep going back to them. I have small narrow feet and finding shoes that will fit well can be a nightmare sometimes. I’ve also since worked out that my left foot is a tiny bit longer than my right which is a pain.
Some might find the shoe designs at both Geox and Easy Spirit boring and yes they are. There’s nothing exciting about the designs, nothing that says you MUST HAVE that pair of killer heels and nothing trendy. Jimmy Choos or Christian Louboutins they are not. But they work for me for everyday work shoes and they are brands I will go back to time and again… provided I get at least 50% off! 🙂
Do you have a favourite brand for everyday work shoes? Do share! We might find a favourite pair of shoes there too.