Remember a couple of weeks ago, when I mentioned Carvela’s ‘Astroid’ pumps - a.k.a. one of my biggest shoe regrets?
Well, that post reawakened my interest in the Astroids. I remembered all over again how beautiful they were, how much I’d wanted them, and how I’d berated myself for failing to buy them when I had the chance. So I decided it was time to take up the search once more. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t have much hope: it’s been a couple of years now since these shoes were in stock, so I figured anyone who still had a pair would’ve worn them into the ground by now.
Last week, I was searching eBay, and I found them. My size. Brand new in box. Perfect. Beautiful. Low starting price, no bidders. I thought it was too good to be true, and as it turned out, I was right to think that, because it WAS too good to be true: just one day after I added those shoes to my watchlist, someone else found them and started bidding. And bidding. And bidding. Now, I don’t know about you, but for me, the golden rule of eBay is this: bid late, bid your maximum. If everyone does that, it keeps the price as low as possible. Sadly for me, though, the people bidding on the Astroids obviously weren’t familiar with this rule, and the result of their frantic bidding was this:
I turned to the dark side.
Yes, the temptation was too much for me. I let myself be led astray by these shoes, and even although I kept to my rule, and bid at the last minute, I’d have to admit that they weren’t exactly a bargain. I did, however, pay much less than retail, and they are in absolutely perfect, never worn condition, so I’m still more than happy with them. At last, I’ve managed to acquire one of The Ones That Got Away! Now I just need to find the Miss Selfridge ‘Polly’ platforms in red, and my shoe collection will be complete. Well, until the next Must Have shoe comes along, anyway.
I know exactly how and when I’m going to “save” these shoes for the Shoe Challenge, too. Stay tuned…
(And until then, here’s Terry’s video of them. Thanks, Terry!)