I’m not a formal participant in Project 333, but I have taken many of its principles (thanks to Beverly for writing of them) and introduced the simplicity into my life. I do not have a traditional uniform I put on every day but I’ve simplified the lines and colour range and no longer feel apologetic (to my mother) that I dress in the style and colours that I do. Furthermore, I rock outlets, discount, and thrift stores; they are the only stores I enjoy shopping in. There is uncertainty and challenge when I visit, but that’s a post for another day.
However, if an item is well made and something that is classic in style (not that I think I am capable of wearing anything else), I have no problem paying for it. I don’t want my clothing to wear out after a few months!
I purchased a size 35, the smallest standard women’s size you can find in shops, if you are lucky. In the US most stores only start stocking women’s shoes at a size 6 (US) or 36 (Euro). I can wear a 35 if I have thick socks on.
About a year ago, I discovered The Clog Outlet, an online shop offering slightly imperfect clogs for much lower prices. A bonus for me is that they offer shoes in children’s sizes. I ordered a size 34 when I bought my next pair. These fit better, however there was one pretty critical flaw since I wear them to walk 3+ miles every day; I learned the hard way what wooden soles mean. Today I find them perfect for gardening and do not regret the purchase but I reverted back to wearing my well loved and worn shoes for everyday.
For the past few months I have needed to polish my beloved clogs every other day to keep them presentable. Last week I decided enough was and I ordered a new pair.
Since we are approaching warmer weather, in theory, I don’t always want to wear big socks I took a further change to my black clog line-up when I placed the order.
I went down to the kid’s size of 33.
They fit perfect. I’ve been wearing them around the house this afternoon and am very pleased with my choice. I think they will stretch in time but by the time they stretch out, it will be colder again and I won’t mind putting on the thicker socks. I also think that they feel lighter, not because they are smaller and therefore weigh less, but because they fit well my feet are much happier.
They are a Factory second item, but I can’t tell what’s wrong.