This is a silly rant about shoes! I'm actually serious though.
I have the worst freaking luck with shoes. Everytime I buy a pair I expect them to last atleast a year. (Is that too much to ask for 3 year old kids in China nowadays)?
I bought a pair of VANS beginning of this school year ($50), a few months ago, the sole on the bottom of the shoes falls off!!! I threw them away.
I bought a pair of DR. Schols (sp?) shoes with the gel inserts etc. ($30), 3 days in the rain (I work outside, walking 6-7 hours a day, hence the gels needed) THEY ARE ALREADY RUINED!!! THE FREAKING GELS RIPPED OUT!
I have only 1 pair left to my name, a pair of Nike's ($45), that I bought 2 years ago. Besides a tear on the side of one, they have stayed "Usable" and they aren't too bad comfort wise.
What the heck is happening to quality!? I can't stand buying stuff that constantly breaks! I'm deathly scared to ever buy a new freaking car, LCD TV, or Gaming Computer someday!
Anyways back to shoes, so far these nikes are holding up against rain pretty well. I might actually buy a pair of them again some day. It doesn't help that my feet are flat so most shoes are uncomfortable!
BTW: Never buy shoes/boots ever at walmart! I bought boots there for winter and 2 days later the soles on the back were grinded down. The shoes I bought there (off brand) lasted 3 months of outside use.