These are my daughter's shoes. They're worn, well worn. But structurally very sound.
They've just been retired as she has had a growth spurt, and her toes are just about to touch the end. I've been lucky, they've been in continual use for eight months.
When Munchkin first got her Bow Mary Janes by Young Soles, she refused even to consider wearing any other footwear. For about three months Munchkin wore these shoes exclusively. For the following five months, she wore them about three times a week.
I frequently do a cost per wear equation on my clothes as I retire them, I've had some horrendously expensive items; for example, the brand new silk top I tore on the second wear. Some items have been workhorses in my wardrobe; I just repaired a blue cotton blouse that I've worn approximately every two weeks for over four years. And I have a pair of shoes I've only worn once, that exorbitant cost per wear was justified by the occasion (my wedding). I find doing the CPW calculation helps with my future shopping trips.
The last couple of years I've started doing the same with Munchkin's wardrobe. Taking into consideration their life cycle is somewhat shorter due to continual growth. I've calculated that Munchkin has worn these about 135 times. Which, if I divide by the retail price, comes to about 73 cents per wear. A price I feel is fair considering they've kept her feet protected in sturdy, lightweight, supportive, luxurious footwear for eight months.
Quality over quantity plays a big part in my equation. I freely admit to preferring a little bit of something luxurious to a large portion of average where I can afford it (particularly with chocolate!). During this time, Munchkin may have worn three or four pairs of shoes purchased at Target or K-Mart for an equal cost per wear; but that's two or three pairs of shoes we've not added to landfill.
And these little shoes are not ready to go in the trash; these are about to be cleaned up, and worn by another pair of little feet, likely as play shoes. Meaning the cost per wear will decrease even further.
Recently, I was told that shoes and clothes we've purchased for Munchkin are being worn by a third little lady. I can't fathom what the cost per wear for some of these items must be. Not all items are passed on, a select few treasures have been wrapped in tissue for Munchkin to keep, maybe for her Munchkin to wear one day.
Munchkin wasn't happy about letting her "red shoes" go! But the arrival of a new pair of Rosie T-bars aided the transition.