It was a very sad day last week when I had to finally part with my Uggs. My ugly Uggs. For three whole years, we were tight...the best of friends. I still continued to think that they were still grotesque, but to have something on your feet so warm and so slipper-like was delicious.
(Goodbye, old friends...)
I really had no idea how much Uggs were, but when my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday 3 years ago, I said Uggs. I came to find out that Uggs were atrociously expensive. Like, CAD$250.00 expensive. And not even waterproof to boot, no pun intended. Now, I will spend the money on something, when warranted, but I just don't think Uggs are really worth the CAD$250.00 to CAD$300.00 price tag.
So, when I discovered that my big toe blew through the sheepskin on one of the bastards I was very sad. I am really good with shoes...I baby them, but these were goners. Oh, and I will tell you that I do cut my toe nails, just in case you think I grow them to freak proportions.
After "Ugg surgery", I wore them for a day and the hole returned. It didn't pull through. Then began my replacement search. I thought about getting the leather bomber style Ugg boot (aren't they really nice, though? Sigh.). At nearly CAD$400, I quickly rejected the idea.
And then I found EMU Australia boots. Although not sheepskin, these were a hell of a lot more comfy, just as warm and...cheap! Like, CAD$220.00 cheaper.
(Why, hello, there!)
I think I am a little like Jekyll & Hyde when it comes to shopping. There are definitely things that I will spend the money on, but others I just won't. And I have to say, with the US dollar and the Canadian dollar being almost at par, I have a serious issue with the massive price discrepancy. For instance, check the price on these boots available in the US. Now, compare to the Canadian website. Frig me. I have a hard time believing there is $165.00 in duty sitting in a pair of leather boots?
In other news, I purged 3 large garbage bags of shoes, handbags, jackets and clothes today. I tallied that since my purge began last year, I have donated 15 bags and I am sure I am not done. It's so funny how I hold onto certain items and don't give much thought to others. I think lately, with all of the natural disasters occurring around us (Haiti, Chile...), it's time to let go and give to others that do not have what I am so lucky to have.
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!