In July of 2015 a favorite pair of short, sassy, pale green leather waterproof boots finally collapsed after years of good use. The shoe repair shop down the street told me they couldn’t be fixed. Because of problems with my spine, I am very limited in the brands of shoes I can wear. In fact, I can wear Merrells clogs. If I choose very carefully, I can wear some Asics for walking. I had to give up Teva sandals many years ago, although oddly, my deceased waterproofs were Tevas.
By the end of the month, I was on a hunt for new leather waterproof boots. As of April 2018, I have purchased and returned:
pairs of waterproof leather boots to Zappos.
I have bought all my shoes online from Zappos for over a decade and I never returned any. I know what I can wear and order accordingly. To date, I have returned boots made by:
John Deeres (yes, the tractor people)
Although I will spare you the details, I have tried and returned at least two styles of each of these brands, and this doesn’t include the boots I returned to:
The only reason I haven’t returned a couple of pairs of Frye boots is that I couldn’t afford to buy them in the first place.
I hardly know what to say. Scrolling through my Zappos account today, it is a great mystery to me why they continue to sell me shoes, especially in light of their free returns policy. They have to be losing money. Perhaps they keep up their spirits by listening to their recorded “Joke of the Day,” which is one of the more delightful aspects of being put on hold at Zappos. Zappos has recently been “acquired” by Amazon, and I really hope they won’t shut down the Joke of the Day. Amazon has terrific customer service but I am not confident about their sense of humor. These are the most wonderful and corniest jokes ever (think 8th grade) and I recommend a call to Zappos just to hear one.
Two weeks ago I found a pair of boots I just couldn’t resist trying, all sanity telling me not to even think about it. These boots, whose color is described as “redwood,” are in fact PINK. They arrived; they fit; my spine says ‘yes.’ At last. Then in some strange twist of fate, having spent the better part of three years not finding one single pair of waterproof boots that would work, I saw a second pair I liked and, due entirely to the insane thought, “They probably won’t work anyway,” I ordered them. They arrived; they fit; etc.
So here I sit, two pairs of perfect boots in my house, soliciting votes from my friends. Here are the boots, both TEVAS.
WHICH BOOTS WOULD YOU KEEP?
WHICH BOOTS DO YOU THINK I WILL KEEP?
I suppose I should mention the bedroom slippers.