What I Hated the Least Today 111/365: Shoes <3

New acquisition approved by the cat
New acquisition approved by the cat

I have had long-standing issues with quality of everything from biscuits to knickers. I believe in the conspiracy theory that Eastern Europe serves as a dump for all of poor quality, since shoppers are poor, so it’s a match. Of course, I am special, and I demand that what I buy actually works, fits me and doesn’t disintegrate after first use.

Germans make some good stuff – though among other not exactly commendable things, they introduced the nightmare of me and the paradise of most, the budget Kaufland supermarket (equivalent to the American Walmart). They’re still reasonably good with clothes and shoes. Almost all my clothes were Orsay (before they switched to a saving mode and spoilt it all). Almost all my shoes are Tamaris.

I have a new acquisition to report. My new navy blue slings look good and solid, but only the first testing trip will show if they’ll be killing it or if they’ll be killing my feet. Naturally, since I’m special, I also have a special pair of feet that are highly inclined to getting hurt. Contrasting the new and the old, I still keep my first pair of shoes of this brand. It’s a pair of nastily worn flats which I use when I take out the rubbish.

Ten years later and not fallen apart yet

Author: Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

18 thoughts

  1. Yes, the Germans make good quality stuff. Those shoes look good, and I hope they won’t be killing your feet — I know all about that.

    Walmart has low quality stuff, all made in China, except ONE thing: They have good shoes. Two, high-quality brands: Dr. Scholls and Earth Spirit. The latter has become my brand of choice … I can wear them right off the bat. I don’t have to break them in. My feet and toes are just weird, so usually this is a big problem.


    1. I know Dr Scholls, it’s marketed here as well. Earth Spirit I don’t know. Will check. My feet are probably just as weird as yours – I can’t tell which shoes will be good and which not, and I own two pairs of sneakers (!) that hurt my feet the most. One would imagine that sneakers are comfortable. Nope.


      1. Right … I was going to bring that up in previous comment too; even sneakers hurt! Soon it will be summertime and I can start to wear nice little sandals from Earth Spirit 🙂


  2. Ah, footwear and achy feet. Know all about it 😦 I just recently acquired a pair of Nodules courtesy of the internet. Not my usual way of buying shoes. I like to try before I buy. But these came with such a good promo and review, postage free, and reasonable price, I thought I’d try them. I am very impressed I must say.


    1. Actually, I also ordered this pair of shoes online, but it’s only because I know the brand and wear their shoes on the regular. And of course you can return it if it doesn’t fit. Let’s hope our feet will remain unharmed!

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    1. The old shoes are horrible looking now, but I can’t help being fascinated that they still hold in one piece, no stitches loose, no holes in the soles. That’s exactly what I want from wearables. To be able to wear them for more than one season only.


  3. I’ve been checking out how to pronounce ř … oh my goodness! But now I know what a háček is.

    [audio src="http://locallingo.com/sounds/czech/wav/soft_cons/reka_m.wav" /]


    1. Yes, I know… Ř and r in Czech are the most commonly mispronounced consonants. Foreigners who become proficient in Czech are rarely able to learn these two. Our first president, Vaclav Havel, had the same speech defect as me. He learned to pronounce R later in his career; I couldn’t pronounce R either to start with and only learned as a teenager. I don’t think I’ll ever beat Ř. It’s a communication problem, but it’s not considered a marker of poor intelligence or poor education at least, unlike accent.


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