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This is a new column where the xoJane editors can obsess over some of the more expensive items in the world that we're dying to own -- and maybe even occasionally purchase. We think they're pieces worth saving for, but even if you never buy one, we hope they will inspire some styling ideas.
Let me start by saying that my savings account is basically non-existent. There is rarely more than a hundred bucks in there. This is terrible, I realize. But I did also spend the past four-and-a-half years getting out of massive credit card debt (yes, of my own making) so saving wasn't much of an option.
The whole getting out of debt thing also meant I wasn't doing any shopping that wasn't essential. So believe me, I don't take expensive purchases lightly even now that I'm out of debt. I don't even have credit cards, so everything I buy is with money I actually have right this moment. But I do like to shop, especially for shoes.
If I could spend all my money on shoes, I probably would -- with a few bags thrown in for good measure. Part of this is due to the fact that I haven't been totally in love with my figure the past couple years and I never have to worry about fit with my shoes. I'm a straight up size 9. Always. (It is not terrible that this is also a sample size so there have been some nice gifts along the way from kind fashion folk.)
Mostly I just really love shoes and boots. To me they're the foundation of every outfit I choose -- even when they're not intricate or crazy in any way. And I own pairs at all different price points.
Take these Rag + Bone Classic Newbury Boots I recently bought. They're a staple that the designers create season after season, sometimes adding new fabrications and colors. They are expensive and in my opinion they are worth it.
The leather is thick and the shoe is incredibly well made. I love the structure and the heel height. And the thing about more expensive shoes is that they tend to be more comfortable. Of course this is not always the case, but I find it to be true with these Newburys. And believe me, I did my market research before purchasing a boot I planned to wear multiple times a week, as well as out at night.
All of my fashion editor friends swear by these and say they love them as much today as they day they bought them. And these boots will truly stand up to the gross NYC winter weather, which can be a shoe killer. So after thinking about it for about a month, I decided to spend the money on them.
I'm happy that I have some extra spending money in my life now that I'm debt-free, but it makes me all the more careful about how I spend it. I'm NOT getting into that situation again.
But I do believe in investing in key pieces that are going to last a long time -- and that's why these boots are now in my closet.
What are you investing in for fall? Do you have a fashion item you've bought that you think was well worth the extra money?