You see these shoes, readers?
These shoes arrived on the Miss Selfridge website this morning, and I took one look at them and instantly added them to my wish list, thinking they’d be perfect for summer, and especially for summer holidays. Well, they’re nude (which means they’ll go with everything and allow me to leave more space in my suitcase for other things), they’re platform wedges (all the height I need, but almost as easy to walk in as flats), and, of course they’re pretty (no explanation needed).
So, I bookmarked them, thinking I’d blog about them tomorrow, and hopefully grab a pair for myself, either when I get paid, or if and when they go on sale: at £65 they’re a little (OK, a lot) more than I can afford right now, as well as being a lot more expensive than Miss Selfridge’s usual offerings, which was surprising, even given that they’re part of a limited edition range.
Tonight, I had another quick look at them. I do that when I find shoes I like.
People, they’re already sold out. In every size.
Either there was very little stock to begin with, or there are hundreds of women all just waiting for the chance to spend £65 on shoes that I want, possibly just to spite me. And you know, this happens all the time these days. Shopping has become almost a competitive sport: if you don’t buy the item you like the very second you see it, well, prepare for disappointment, because it will be sold out by the time you come back just a few hours later.
Remember the days when you could find something you liked, and then either save up for it, or wait for it to go on sale? Those days are gone, my friends. Now, as soon as items land on major brand websites, there’s this frenzied rush to buy them, and if you don’t get in quickly, you lose out. It’s great for the retailer, of course, but not so great for the consumer, because rather than taking your time to make the right purchasing decision, you have to just BUYBUYBUY!
This happened to me yesterday, too, with a certain Topshop skirt, so it’s obviously a bit of a touchy subject. As far as the shoes are concerned, however, well, I very much doubt they’ll still have them in store by the time I can afford to buy them, so I guess it’s back to eBay for me…