Today’s shoes are silver Minx sneakers (pictured). I love these sneakers and I admit that I bought them because they are cool. However, I still expected them to perform like… well… sneakers. They do not.
The first time I wore these sneakers I wore a hole in the back of the left heel where my foot rubs when I push in the clutch of my car. When I complained about this to my friend Anne, she casually pointed out that ‘designer shoes are not designed to be worn when driving’. She removes her shoes whenever she is driving. What?!!? I did a quick survey of my (female) friends and discovered that many of them do this also. Incidentally, they are the friends with expensive shoes.
So I’ve been thinking about other things that are much more trouble because they are more expensive. I’m sure there’s an economics term for this type of product (Kondratieff Goods maybe? Can’t remember – varsity was a long time ago) For example, my cousin Trigs bought a fabulous rug for her hallway a few years back, and for the next year and a half insisted that all visitors to her flat walk around the edges of it. It seems this expensive rug was very difficult to clean.
My family home when I was growing up had a ‘formal salon’ (it’s a Greek thing) which my mum wouldn’t let me go into except to dust. Mum also had a ‘good’ dinner service that I believe she only used once.
Mum died suddenly twenty years ago, and I have inherited a lot of the stuff she kept for ‘good’. I am using that dinner service whenever I cook for friends and family, and what’s more I put it in the dishwasher after every use. I admit it’s wearing out, but I feel good about using it.
Contrary to appearances, I am a function over form girl. I like my stuff to be aesthetically pleasing, but I need it to be usable first and foremost. So come on, what expensive things do you have that you’re reluctant to use because you might ruin them? I challenge you to get whatever-it-is out and enjoy it.
P.S. A quick shoe blogsearch has revealed that Michelle Obama shares my love of fancy sneakers. Check it out here.