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I’m not a big shopper or a fashionista,  but let me tell you about some boots I bought back in the 1970s in London where we were living for an all-too-brief,  magical time.    (See Laundry Day in London).

One day I went shopping for some chic black leather boots that were then all the rage,  and in a Kings Road shop I found a fabulous pair that fit perfectly.   The only problem was the £35 price tag.

The exchange rate then was $2.50 to the pound,  and I knew that would make an $87.50 dent in our American budget,  more than I would ever pay for boots in those days.

But I really wanted those great-looking boots,  and they fit so well that somehow my brain refused to compute,  and I kept telling myself they were a real bargain at only $35.   And,  I further rationalized,  for only another $35 I could buy a pair in brown,  and I’d have the perfect boots to go with everything in my wardrobe!

And so I bought both pairs,  and let me tell you that walking around London in those fabulous boots,   I felt like a million bucks!

Dana Susan Lehrman

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Comments

  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Sometimes you just have to do it! Glad wearing them made you feel so great.

  2. Laurie Levy says:

    Good call, Dana. As they say, you only live once!

  3. John Shutkin says:

    Fun story, Dana. And you confirm what marketers have always told us: when you buy something, it should be more about the feeling than the actual product. Though that probably applies more to shoes than paper clips.

  4. Suzy says:

    Reading a price tag as dollars instead of pounds can get really dangerous, Dana, I hope you didn’t do too much of that during your year in London! But I’m sure your enjoyment of those boots was well worth the price.

    Btw, you used € which is the symbol for Euro, when you obviously meant £. There was no such thing as a Euro in the ’70s!

    • Thanx Suzy for catching my euro mistake – just went back and corrected it!

      I don’t think I made that conversion mistake often, I guess it was just me justifying that pricey purchase, and they must have been really well-made because I did wear them for years!

      And luckily Britain had just gone decimal at the time so at least I didn’t have to worry about shillings!

  5. Now that’s my kind of rationalization, Dee!

  6. Marian says:

    Sometimes the satisfaction is priceless, Dana, and you just had to have those boots. I think all of us get it, hence my “best shoes ever.” Certainly not needed, totally worth it!

  7. Risa Nye says:

    No regrets! That’s the way to live when you see the boots of your dreams!

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