Last February, Jeff and I went to Portland and I needed some flat, comfortable boots to do some walking in. I went to my local mall and looked and after looking at several stores I found a great, fairly affordable (around $89) pair at Aldo. The sales person was helpful and kind and even offered to stretch them for me for free to make them slightly looser and a little more worn in. I ended up getting a blister, so I wore some black ones I had for most of the Portland trip, but after a little more wear, we became besties. Summer came quick and the my brown leather friends were replaced by gladiators and rainbows.
When cooler temperatures returned in October, I started wearing my fave boots again, but one fateful day (it's fun to be dramatic), less than two months later, I started to feel more of the ground then I want to when I'm not walking barefoot. When I looked at the bottom of the boot I saw that the sole had worn through and left a few wrinkled layers of soft, cardboardy material. I hadn't paid much attention to it before, but what the heck was the sole made of?
Note: not sure why I was holding the shovel in this photo, it's not like I was
planning on doing any digging in this outfit, haha.
So, I have a few questions for anyone who will indulge me...
1. How much wear should I expect to get out of a pair of $89 boots? I approximated that I wore them less than 75 times, that's $1.19 a wear.
2. What do I do now, should I write a letter to Aldo, take them back to the store and complain, buy a new pair of boots or have the soles replaced? I checked into getting them resoled and it would be $38, the question in that case is, will the rest of the boot hold up if the soles were clearly poorly made?
I'm really curious what you think because this isn't the first time that I have encountered this problem. I usually try to go middle of the road on price (avoiding Target's 29.99 and Nordstrom's $300+ options) and end up being disappointed by quality. If I had bought them at Target, I would have thrown them away a few weeks ago and never looked back and if I had bought them at Nordstrom, I'm guessing this wouldn't have happened, but am I able and/or prepared to spend $300 on boots? If I could gaurentee that I would wear them at least 300 times, then yes, maybe.