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?