June 22, 2011
Dawn Poh

I am not an exceptionally picky shopper – I am not likely to return clothes or throw a huge fuss because of a small stain, or if a small length of the seam has come undone. (God knows, working retail has taught me to not be a bitch to sales assistants.) If it can be easily fixed by myself, I don’t mind it. However, something I’ve purchased recently has really disappointed me.

I bought this pair of buckle wedges a few weeks ago at a shop in Far East Plaza. I thought it was simply perfect in every way. It is unbelievably comfortable, versatile, and I found it just as my other pair of (very painful) buckle heels were failing me. It was really my favourite pair of shoes in my closet (for an extremely brief, bittersweet period) until it just….disintegrated.

The first time I wore it, the sole came straight off within minutes. Well, okay, no big deal. This happens to a lot of shoes when they are kept in storage for a period of time. I went to a cobbler and had it re-glued, and forgave the shoe completely. Then one day, when I was out running around town, I heard a weird clicking sound with each step. So I sort of twisted my body awkwardly around and found that the back end of the sole not only came off, but a portion was missing as well. I really wanted to cry then, but I was afraid no one else will understand the pain wrenching at my heart.

I am inclined to believe that the pain I feel is so acute because of how much I love it. I don’t even want my money back, I just want it to be wearable again. If I can’t find a cobbler that can fix this, I will roll up my sleeves and perform the resurrection on my own.

What are some of your most disappointing purchases?

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31 Responses to “Disappointing purchases: Buckle wedges”

  1. Burcin says:

    I understand you very well, 2 months ago I throw away my fave pair of shoes wich lived just for 3 (unforgettable) months…the kind of shoe that has a bad quality but it so goodlooking that is easy to forget that its destiny is in the garbage -.-

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    Dawn replied on

    Cheap shoes are so hit and miss. Your last sentence is spot-on! ):

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  2. Ariana says:

    My most disappointing purchase is Jeffery Campbell 99 Zip Wedge. It was my most expensive shoe purchase and showed signs of peeling after the first wear. It was also the most comfortable shoe I ever worn.

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    Dawn replied on

    I don’t have any Jeffrey Campbell shoes, but I’d expect them to last seeing how popular they are! ): Some of my most expensive shoes are the most painful too

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  3. MG says:

    Ugh, that is the worst! I actually just had one :( I ordered a pair of leather wrapped wedges from gilt and the leather is all contorted in places and wrinkled in others.

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    Dawn replied on

    Wow, I hate receiving things in the mail and be disappointed too, especially since I like to hype myself up while waiting for the parcels!

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  4. mx says:

    you can try bringing it to mister minit for a fix!
    i had a pair of boots which i had worn all the way down the sole and almost into the actual shoe itself and thought there was no hope for repair but got them fixed there! they have since survived the ice and snow of the past winter where i am based.
    think i went to the one at PS. it was pretty costly, but the service was good & they offered a variety of solutions when i asked for options. think they might be able to re-sole the entire shoe for you. good luck & hope you manage to fix them! =)

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    Dawn replied on

    Thanks for the recommendation! I will definitely look that up if they fail me again :'(

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  5. Flora says:

    I bought an expensive blouse from Anthropologie the last time I was in the States. I washed it ONCE, per the tag’s instructions, and there was a huge hole in the back. It’s not even worth fixing because the fabric is so sheer you’ll totally see my patchwork. Ugh.

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    Dawn replied on

    That blows! The good thing about the states is that they have extremely lax return policies, if I lived there I’d probably return half the things I buy on impulse :'(

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  6. Miss ED says:

    I bought a pair of wedge sneakers that I had been drooling over for months and after the first wear, the wedge (on both shoes) came unglued at the heel! It wasn’t a particularly active day, either!! I was so upset, and the seller actually seemed angry with me when I asked if I could return them, so I backed down and have these broken sneakers staring at me :/ Good luck on fixing yours!

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    Dawn replied on

    That is just ridiculous of the seller to get angry! I wish it was legal for us to throw those shoes back at their heads >:I

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  7. OtherMix says:

    I bought a pair of dress shorts from the brand called “only”, they started pilling in just two wears! …. *Sigh* I stay away from the brand now. Also, a pair of Sandals from Rapisardi, which I used too like, and this year I bought a new pair as the other ones were too big actually (not my fault though), but I just don’t like them, plus I have a pair of better sandals by now. Which walk waaaay better!

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    Dawn replied on

    Pilling clothes are the worst. D: I have a topshop jacket that has started to pill too, so I went out to buy one of those pill shavers. Here’s to hoping that they work!

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  8. Laura says:

    That sucks :(
    From my bad purchases, the most irritating thing is failed pockets, where stuff just fall through them! This has happened with a pair of jeans and a pair of shorts… When I put my phone in the pocket it just fell through and smashed on the ground -_-

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    Dawn replied on

    I once shoved a 50 dollar note into my pocket while crossing a busy street, and watched it float out of my pocket into the middle of the road D:

    Hope you didn’t damage your phone too badly!

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  9. Deanne says:

    AUGH I TOTALLY FEEL YOU. i have a pair of combat boots i got at a thrift store, they seemed so perfect, but the soles have fallen off twice in a two month period. granted, i’ve put them through some tough wear (two concerts), but still. combat boots should not be doing that. ah it’s so frustrating and i can absolutely sympathize with you in that i don’t want my money back, i just want them back in my life! i hope you get your beloved shoes back from the wearably dead. :(

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    Dawn replied on

    I’ve since took them to the cobbler, so I hope they last!! Fingers crossed. I wish the same for your shoes, too!

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  10. I had a pair of wedges that happened to. The rubber sole wore through in just a few wears. I’m going to get the re-soled though, maybe the cobbler will have better rubber!

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    Dawn replied on

    You just reminded me that I should probably resole some of my shoes too. ): But I’m too lazzzyyy

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    Samantha Nandez replied on

    Haha ditto XD I’ll get around to it eventually!

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  11. Christina says:

    Sadly the most recent happening for me were for a similar pair of wedges also, by Madden Girl. To this day I’ve only worn it about 3 times and each time, within about 3-4hrs of walking/standing my feet will start hurting like no tomorrow and I end up with gigantic blisters all over each time. I love how they look but they honestly hurt too much!

    Sad part is, they are the only pair of heels that I brought with me to Singapore;;

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    Dawn replied on

    OMG gigantic blisters, that sounds terrifying!!!

    I have so many pairs of shoes that feels more like torture devices. I think I just wear the same few over and over again!

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  12. Tasja says:

    Ah man that sucks >.<
    good luck fixing those!

    I hate it when something happens with my favorite pieces :(

    x Cotton Candy

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    Dawn replied on

    Thank you Tasja! 😀

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  13. Grace says:

    A similar experience has happened to me, it was so disappointing!
    xo Grace
    Dream Boating

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    Dawn replied on

    May shitty shoes never find their way to us ever again!

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  14. That is very disappointing!! I hate it when you just buy something you really love and it just falls apart.

    Japan Australia

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    Dawn replied on

    Yeah, I actually felt betrayed by an inanimate object 😛

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  15. Kerry says:

    Ahh! The same thing happened to me! Except my shoe was on sale, so the price + time wasn’t what really upset me. I should have known there was something wrong, but it was so cute and so comfortable for the…month…it lasted! Then the little flower fell off, and I didn’t mind since it looked a bit too overdone with it anyway. And then the heel snapped right after I got home from my friend’s birthday party.

    RIP cheap shoe.

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  16. Susan says:

    I bought a pair of Jeffrey Campbell Viva (badass) boots on sale from LF and they were still expensive. the rubber heel wore down with minimal wear and one day i was walking and i heard a ‘flap…flap…flap’ and turned to see my heel become totally unglued. not cool for the amount of money i paid! My ALDO leather boots that i paid $40 for has held up for 7 years and no issues.

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