I had time to kill before meeting a friend who had my car keys so I walked into in Marina Del Rey. A store employee immediately asked if I was looking for anything in particular.
“Nope, just browsing,” I said, dropping my heavy bags in the nearest corner.
“If you need anything, let me know.”
I nodded and began my slow dance around the room, ogling the beautiful leather footwear. I was on the last table when I saw them.
Adorable pink heels. Perfect for work but sassy enough for going out. Covered toes so I don’t have to worry about grubby toenails. And the moderate heel meant comfort was a possibility. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take a picture because I lost my iPhone in New York.
As soon as I picked them up, the salesman sounded disappointed.
“That’s our last pair,” he said.
“You aren’t a size 10 are you?”
Since when does the last pair ever come in my size?!! Like, never.
“I’ll give you 20 percent off if you take them,” he said before fetching the match.
“You don’t know how hard it is to find a woman in size 10 you wears heels. I’ve been trying to get rid of these for six months.”
I knew a bargain was in the offing. But if they weren’t comfortable, it wouldn’t matter.
I sat down, took off my sweaty socks and boots. Slid the heels on. Please be comfy, I thought. Inhaled and stood up.
The leather rubbed against my right big toe in two places. Not good. But God, were they gorgeous.
I strolled around the floor. Rolled up my jeans and took a good look in the mirror. Possibly the best most perfect pair of shoes ever.
“I love these shoes,” I said.
“I’ll give you 30 percent off,” he offered.
“But they are too tight in the right foot.”
“How uncomfortable are they?”
“I’m trying to decide,” I said, taking a few more laps around the store. “The thing is as soon as I saw them I thought these shoes were made for me. AND I have someplace I can wear them this week.”
“I’ll give you 40 percent off,” he said. “With tax that comes to $111, marked down from $170.” (The shoe brand, El Natura Lista is European and earth-friendly.)
Still a lot of money. I kept pacing the store. He was offering me a great deal on a high quality pair of shoes that I loved and that would go perfect with jeans, skirts, and especially my pink Niconail T-shirt that I wear to business events. I’ve been wanting to replace my business-y heels for a few months, and these could double as going out shoes.
But the toe nagged. “Does the leather stretch?”
“I can stretch them overnight and you can come back tomorrow,” he said.
“Is there an extra charge for that?”
“No, and if that doesn’t help you don’t have to buy them,” he said.
So my (perhaps) perfect pink shoes await me. I’m going back to the store on Wednesday to try them on again. If you were me, would you buy them?
UPDATE: The overwhelming consensus is that I should buy the pink shoes.
Reader Jill says:
Heck yeah! Try em on, do your laps, hem and ha a little, then work him for 50% off. You know how to work it girl!
Do you disagree? Speak up now! And for the record, I asked if he could make it $100 even and he looked at his computer and shook his head. But I’ll ask him again tomorrow.