SHE SAID: But while we were in NY, Middle received another hand-me-down pair of Nikes from his cousin and started wearing those. And Hubby and I both agreed that what the heck, those will do until summer when all he wears then is flip-flops and crocs. Or is mostly barefoot.
HE SAID: But when we were at the Mall (in NY) (waiting for my wife who was, shocker, shopping,) I randomly asked him, "Hey, wanna look in that store for new sneaks for you?" and he actually agreed.
SHE SAID: For the record, please note this is after we pretty much agreed that he could wear those "new" hand-me-downs until summer.
HE SAID: The first pair we found he wanted to try on. The size 12s were too small.
SHE SAID: This is when I entered the store and saw them. Middle was complaining that they hurt his feet and I figured, "Oh no, here we go again." But then Hubby had the size 13s all ready for him to try.
THEY SAID: It was a Christmas miracle! He actually liked the sneakers!
SHE SAID: So we were all good to go. That is, until I asked, "How much are they?"
HE SAID: Ok, here's my rationale: Middle NEVER gets new sneakers of his own. He's constantly wearing hand-me-downs...
SHE SAID: ...which he obviously seems to prefer. Apparently he likes them already "broken in".
HE SAID: So he has not had new sneakers in over a year. The sneakers he has been wearing are hand-me-downs that are a size too small! And the new hand-me-downs he had just gotten, I know he wasn't crazy about. My wife MADE him wear them.
SHE SAID: How do you NOT check the price? If it had been me, he would never even have tried those on in the first place because the price was so ridiculous!
HE SAID: Obviously, I was just looking at the sneakers, not the price.
SHE SAID: As a mother and the primary shopper of this family, I have a set price point for everything. For example, I don't pay over $20 for jeans for the boyz (I'm looking at you, Old Navy, with your jacked-up regular prices...) and I certainly wouldn't pay over $30 for regular everyday sneakers for the boyz! In this instance, however, I probably would have sprung for $40 for Middle because it's been so difficult. BUT NOT $60!!!
HE SAID: Well, I wasn't about to search 47 more stores just to save $20. And hello? He liked them. No wonder why we hadn't found anything before. You've been offering him cheap ass sneakers to try on! He had no idea about the price - he picked what was comfortable.
SHE SAID: What if I had not come into the store at all? Would you have hesitated when you discovered the price on your own?
HE SAID: I still would have bought them. Look, like I said, the kid hasn't had new sneakers in over a year. If you break it up, it's like 2-for-1. Instead of spending $30 twice a year, I just paid $60 one time. And you certainly can't argue with this, Miss Shopper. Who's the one who says she won't pay full price at a regular Ann Taylor...but then you hit the outlets and spend twice as much!
SHE SAID: Whatever. I'm just pissed that someone is actually selling those things for that amount...and that you're a sucker for buying them for that amount! Hello, Puma??? Weren't they popular in like 1987? Who do they think they are??
HE SAID: Well, I actually really like them. I kinda want to get myself a pair now too...
SHE SAID: *shaking head and walking away*
For the cost of them, they should be gold. And self-propellent.