OK, that post title is a bit of an exaggeration, but I do own a pair of black knee-high microfiber boots with a wide 2" heel that gives me some height but is totally comfortable. I wear them a lot. I'd probably wear them more often if they weren't completely ragged.
See, I've owned them for, I don't know, maybe a decade. And after these many years of good use, the sad truth is that they're falling apart. The back center seam (that runs down the middle of the back of my calf) is splitting and fraying, and since I've waited so long I've probably lost enough actual fabric that they're beyond repair.
But do I stop wearing them? No. I continue wearing them with longer skirts, and I pretend that the top back of the boot is never seen by anyone. I fully admit that I'm probably kidding myself.
I've finally admitted they need to go, but I can't seem to find a suitable replacement. I did find one pair (on a site which unfortunately seems to be experiencing technical difficulties right now) that looked very similar, were vegan, but cost $278!! I feel like Joan Cusak in Working Girl as I say, "But they're not even leathah!"
I have to admit I've never spent that much on a pair of shoes, even back in the day when I was a shoe hog and still bought leather.
But if you added up the number of times I've worn my boots...I mean, even if you just added up the number of times I've worn them since they were already falling apart...isn't it worth it? For a staple wardrobe item like that?
So, where do you stand:
Is it ridiculous to spend over a particular amount for any one item, no matter how much money you do or do not have, and no matter how good the quality is?
Or is it actually a good thing to spend more and get items that you believe are going to last you years, even decades...therefore consuming less over time?
I've fallen in the first camp all my life. But my boots may embarrass me into the second camp...at least for one purchase.
How about you?