I was rushing to take my son to the pool, and pointed out to him that I had forgotten to change into my good flip flops. He looked at me in amazement and asked “Why would you ever spend your money on something that is not good?” Wow. Excellent question. I won’t bore you with the ensuing conversation in which I compared a variety of video games to a variety of shoe choices- he didn’t buy it anyway.
|Tiffany- REALLY cute!|
Flip flops were always one of my guilty pleasures. I loved seeing which new patterns J Crew would come out with each spring, and added to my collection yearly. I always would indulge at sale time.
Then someone must have noticed that the cute ribbon-ey critter flip flops were made of an bizarre toxic substance that dyed our feet J Crew Blue, so they switched to a fabric footbed. So cute, but not very long lived, as the fabric did not hold up to sand and friction, but they were tempting anyway.
Then came the embellished flip flop. All of a sudden glitter, ribbons and roses looked like they belonged on my feet.
Every retailer followed suit. Havaianas decorated with everything were everywhere at competitive prices. But, I remained true to my J Crew collection, and ignored the other brands. Fast forward to this year. I purged all worn flip flops and planned to refresh my selection. Where did they all go? I asked my PS and she told me that they were online/catalog only this year. I looked online and they were plain and boring. So I took a quick peek around the mall and found a pricey and meager selection of Havaianas, and $50.00 Tory Burch styles.
I also noted that for $70.00 I could buy Missoni for Havaiana and for $195.00 I could buy Burberry Check Leather flip flops.
J Crew, can you hear me? I really miss your sparkly, clever selections of frivolously charming footwear. *
*No, Capri sandals and Espadrilles don’t count. Especially getting out of a pool, or walking on hot sand. Don’t ask me how I know this…
What are you tossing in your beach bags? I know I can find flip flops that I can mountain climb in, and flip flops that will make me fit, and Old Navy inexpensive, but with headache inducing fumes, flip flops. But, darn it, I just want cute ones.