Alaia lace up sandals from a selection (HERE)
Although the Alaia's are featured (kind of) here, this blog post really isn't about 'the shoes' as such, but rather about interpreting buying behaviour. These shoes actually generated quite the discussion between my partner and I. He has an aversion to white shoes, actually just heels, so isn't particularly fond of these new additions. If these were black I know he would have warmed to them. So what's in a colour? Interestingly enough in the middle of our debate on these (I was probably loosing at this point), he posed a question to me, at what point do you draw the line? Is the fact that they have been on my wish list (in a different colour) enough of a reason to buy them considering that these were not my number one choice and unconsidered prior to purchasing them in sheer desperation?
This made me think a little harder (and more than I cared to) to consider the dilemma of when you've been ogling an item for countless years and it comes available in another colour and not your colour of choice, do you buy it anyway? Now in a practical head space I would normally say you need to consider if you like the item in that colour, if it is wearable and meshes with your personality and wardrobe, and whether you will always hold out and potentially buy the same item again in your original colour preference, should it come available. If you answer yes to this, then I say pass on the 'best man' option in the item and wait for your 'groom' and hope, god willing, that he (the beloved item) comes through for you. In reality, I rarely test my thought process to that extent and seem to settle, especially with online purchases (due to the sheer fear of missing out) on the moto of buy now, think later and return if discovering I had a momentary lapse of good judgement or worse, was temporarily insane at the time of purchasing.
I have to admit having to justify this buy was a good exercise. To be put in a position of being questioned on my buying strategy and at times, lack of strategy did unveil a few of my shortfalls. It raised more than a few questions about a handful of other items in my wardrobe, but thankfully I've remained satisfied with the Alaia's, albeit in white. I think they will make a gorgeous summer shoe and thanks to sheer luck, actually go with a large part of my summer wardrobe. I figured, worst case if my partner's view does rub off at any point and I need to back peddle, my boot man is a whizz at dying leather. I'm just saying... it's always an option.