I hate buying shoes

ShoesI’m good at some things, and bad at others.

One of the things I’m worst at is buying shoes. I hate it, I’m not good at it, and while I don’t always stuff it up, it seems like I certainly do sometimes.

I went to replace my Ecco shoes. They’ve been great; have lasted many years, but are finally on the way out.

The old ones: European size 44, which is theoretically about what I wear in Australian shoes: 9 1/2. They fit great.

FAIL 1: Somehow I managed to come out of the Ecco shop with a new pair that are also size 44, and very nice, but which are too big.

It’s not like I didn’t try them on. But looking back I can only assume I didn’t really pay attention to how big they were. Or if I did, I may have had it in mind that earlier this year I had problems with one of my pairs of shoes being too small, and over-compensated.

FAIL 2: After purchasing I then wore them outside a couple of times before really noticing the problems, so now they can’t be returned to the shop as they’ve worn very slightly.

There’s too much space in the toes. That might be solvable with thicker socks, but they’re soft leather so they bend in the wrong place when walking, hurting one of my feet.

I’ve bought myself a pair of shoes I can’t use. On sale, but still not cheap.

How can I be 38 years old and still stuff things up like this?

(I find it pretty embarrassing actually. I’m posting it here publicly to teach myself a lesson so I don’t do this again.)

How does one sell a pair of shoes? Ebay? (Anybody wear size 44 and want to buy these?)