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Quality over Quantity: the Value of a Great Pair of Shoes!

Quality over quantity--maybe your grandmother preached this to you when you were younger.  Another phrase that grandma might have shared is, “you get what you pay for”.  Grandma had a good point, and her advice holds up when it comes to good quality shoes.  Buying the best quality shoes that you can afford will not only save you money in the long run, it contributes to your wellness.  

As a business that sells great quality footwear and accessories, we’ve often encountered people who believe that they can’t afford to spend the money on shoes.  But when you stop to look at the economy of your spending habits, you begin to realize that buying something of quality will save you money in the long run.   The cost of four pairs of shoes that fall apart before the season is over is hardly a savings over investing in one good pair that will last for years to come.  When finances are a consideration in your purchase, invest in one great pair of shoes per season.  If you can rotate between several high quality pair of shoes, each pair will last longer and save you money in the long run as you are not constantly replacing shoes that have given up only a few months after you’ve purchased them.  

Invest in a pair of Ara sneakers or Pikolinos oxfords and you will be enjoying them for years to come!

Buying better quality shoes will also save wear and tear on your health. Buying cheap shoes that lack support may not have repercussions that are immediately obvious, but the effects build up over time.  Ask a physical therapist or chiropractor why someone might be having neck, back, hip or knee pain and they will tell you that the problem likely started with their feet—or more precisely—their shoes.  Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly or don’t offer the necessary support has a cascading effect on the rest of the body.  As usual, Grandma’s advice is still the best.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Investing in higher quality shoes from the beginning will save you pain in the future.  

The Kayla sandal by NAOT is never out of style and gives you the perfect support for your feet!

In addition to the savings in cost and health, there is a mental health consideration when you embrace a “less-is-more" mentality. When you purchase lots of inexpensive things you are cluttering your life with disposable fashion that you might not even like a year (or a month) from now.  These objects weigh you down mentally as they accumulate. It can be difficult to part with the material things that you’ve collected over the years. Instead of approaching shopping as a game that you “win” when you buy more for less, consider thinking about winning as indulging yourself with the things that bring the most joy to your life.   

Buying a few pairs of shoes you LOVE and that will go with anything is the best investment you can make in your closet!

The good news is that you can follow Grandma’s advice.  And, if you are lucky, you can raid her closet!  Vintage looks are in fashion and if she invested wisely in her shoes, you could still wear her cute heels! 

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