Have you ever gone thrifting and come across something you loved, but it wasn't your size? Duh, right!? If you’ve ever shopped secondhand, you know that this is just a part of the thrifting process. Thankfully, every now and then things work out. That was the case when I found these cork shoes.
Approximately eight months ago, I was at Crossroads looking for vintage Levis when I came across a pair cork platforms. They appeared to be too small and when I checked the size, they were. I didn't end up finding the jeans that day, so I left empty handed. This happened a few more times over the months.
By June, my intention changed to finding comfortable walking shoes. After a couple disappointments, I was ready to settle for anything. I canvased the store from front to back. Suddenly, I stopped like a deer in headlights. There it was, one cork platform shoe identical to the one I wanted, except this one looked bigger. When I checked the size, I gasped. Seriously, I gasped, because: cork.
I tried it on and was beyond grateful that it fit me perfectly. As happy as I was with my newfound discovery, after 20 more minutes of looking, I still couldn't find the other one. Fortunately, I was armed with the encouragement of having three sales associates helping me on my scavenger hunt. I completed the pair, after excavating the missing one from behind a boot in the men’s shoe section.
It was phenomenal finding these shoes because cork is highly sustainable; the elasticity and density of cork are similar to a nicely worn-in leather; I just needed good walking shoes and ended up with a stylish shoe that: absorbs shock, is very lightweight, and resists water/moisture.
Two weeks later I met up with a friend at Wasteland, and let her know that I was still looking for authentic 90’s Levis. She then walked over with me to a rack of jeans and took out a pair and said: “I think these are in the wrong spot and judging from the waist, should fit you.” When I tried the jeans on, I couldn't wait to show her that she was spot on and had an amazing eye. Which I did, immediately.
I ended up paying $30 for these jeans. I am looking forward to wearing them on days that are too hot to wear tighter ones. As for my new walking shoes, I paid $32, saving $150 off the original price. Gotta love thrifting!