Once every three years...

  

...I get new shoes! Meet the new Keens (similar to the old Keens):


My Keens are my favorite shoes.  I wear them almost every day for about 7-8 months of the year.  They are so comfortable and practical, plus they last for, well, three years.  Because of that, I am willing to pay the $95 price tag.  Lucky for me though, these lovelies rang up at $65.  Score!

And just so you know that I don't abandon my old shoes without due cause, the old ones lost one of their ties last year (worn in half) and I replaced it.  They have holes in the fabric under the straps and one of the straps was almost worn through.  And the soles, well they had worn almost completely flat on the balls of my feet with holes worn through the heels to the soft inner sole. 



Even though it's a need, and even though a pair of $20 shoes wouldn't last more than 1 year at best and wouldn't be nearly as comfortable or versatile (really, what $20 sandals can you hike through a creek in and not come out worse for the wear,) it is still incredibly difficult for me to spend this kind of money on myself! It took me years of wanting Keens before finally buying the first pair.  And these should probably have been put out to pasture last year, but I couldn't face spending the money on a new pair yet.  This year though, they were starting to hurt my feet and I couldn't put it off any longer.  I'm sure the new Keens, pair number two, will be my constant companions until the snow flies :)

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