Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Shop: Marc by Marc Jacobs Mouse Ballet Flats

This is a cautionary tale of cuteness crushing common sense.

I went shopping with a great friend of mine (and fellow shopaholic) this past weekend, with a goal of finding a nice pair of black ballet flats that I could take with me on vacation. I wanted something versatile and neutral, as I need to replace my old faithful ballet flats that are about to give up the ghost. My only rule is that they had to be black since I have a few other flats/oxfords in flashy colours/prints already.

On Saturday morning we did a tour of all the shoe stores in Rockland before happening upon these beauties:

Black = check.
Ballet flats = check.
Favourite designer = check.
Whiskers = check!

The impulse to buy these came on strong, which of course meant that they did not have my size. Even worse, they could not order them for me as they were out of my size store-wide. I tried scanning eBay right in the middle of the mall on my iPhone (shameful I know) to no avail.

I went home dejected and completely single minded on finding this one pair of shoes.  I googled all Marc Jacob sellers in Montreal (hint: there aren't many) followed by a search on all local and international websites. I finally found one website that had stock and would ship to Canada but the added cost of customs/duties were really discouraging so I decided to hold out.

The next day I embarked on a last ditch solo shopping mission downtown at various fancy pants stores like Holt Renfrew, Ogilvy, etc. I got close once but again they did not have my size. I tried so many shoe stores I can now quote you the exact price on most of this seasons hot shoes, but no luck.

In the end, I did the unthinkable and ordered from Shop Bop, complete with prepaid customs and duties applied to the price. It was a cringe worthy splurge, and I did feel pangs of buyers remorse. I'm normally all about getting a good price, evaluating cost per use, blah blah blah, but damn it I wanted these!! They arrived yesterday and when I opened the box I knew that I'd be happy with my purchase, despite the splurge. Sometimes you just have to, right?!

What ridiculous splurges have you indulged in? Was it worth it?

1 comment:

  1. but now you have a mouse face on your shoes. and really, how can you put a price on that?