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First of all, NO, I am not turning into a bridezilla. 😅 I just happen to have a weird experience regarding my choice of wedding footwear. So please bear with me for a bit, k?
Like I said in my last post, I planned to wear combat boots with my wedding dress. My love for Dr. Martens runs true, what can I say? 🖤 In all of the wedding details and planning, the Docs are the only thing that is truly my choice. Everything else, I concede to what my mother-in-law wants. I’m just lucky she’s open to the idea of me wearing a black wedding dress; she was the one who suggested it in the first place.
The Boots (I thought) I wanted for our Wedding
Anywho. I was planning to save up a bit for a new pair of Docs for the wedding. I’ve had my eye on a couple of the platform boots, the Jadon and the Shriver. The plan was to get either of those in black, then use purple ribbon laces like this:
Photo from Dr. Martens website
So pretty, right? 😍 Perfectly badass but with a touch of feminine whimsy; just the right mix to accurately express my personality. I so love the idea of using ribbon laces. In fact, I have already found several of the purple ones on Amazon. I was all set with the idea of black boots and purple ribbon laces.
Wanting to narrow my decision between the two boots, I headed over to the Dr. Martens website last night. On a whim, I decided to look at all the other women’s boots while at it.
I don’t believe in destiny, but…
…while scrolling, I saw these perfectly black and white 1460 boots. My heart started beating crazy fast. It looked as if it was made for my black and white wedding gown. I mean, the trademark yellow welt stitching and script (on the heel loop) were foregone for white; even the usually brown soles are black. Really, it was perfect. Even my friends agreed when I showed them shoes. And the cherry on top? From $150, it was down to just $75 (plus taxes); it was on a whopping 50% off sale! I just knew it was the bridal shoes for me. I had to buy it, but until when will it be on sale?
Not having an EAD nor an SSN, I have no credit cards or bank account here in the US. I do have some cash, but unlike in the Philippines, cash-on-delivery (COD) is not an option here. So in the meantime, I have to rely on the hubby and his credit cards for online purchases. However, it was already pretty late by then and he was already in bed. So I reasoned I could
pester convince tell him to buy it the next day (that is, today).
Roller Coaster of Emotions
I woke up pretty pumped about the Docs. It would look good with the ribbon laces as well. The pop of purple would be just the right amount of accent it needs. I was so chuffed! I can’t believe I found the perfect bridal shoes, and with a hefty discount no less! How lucky is that, right?
Wrong. So wrong. Because the next time I checked, it was already out of stock–and in all sizes at that! I even refreshed the page several times to be sure, but it remained the same. I wanted to cry. In fact I actually did shed a tear or two; I just felt that bad. I mean, it was almost almost in my grasp but was then cruelly snatched away at the last moment. All I could do was enter my email, cross my fingers, and hope that they will restock and have it on sale again. But even I knew that chances of that were pretty slim.
To be fair, the same shoes were available at Amazon and Zappos as well (because of course I checked for alternative sellers). Both had just one last pair left and the seller on Amazon was Zappos too, so it’s most probably just the same pair. But their prices are nowhere near as low as the ones in the Dr. Martens website. The discount was a measly 10% compared to the other at half off.
At this point, I was already resigned to either wait to buy it later if still available, or go back to my original plan of saving up for black platform boots. Needless to say, I had a pretty glum afternoon.
And when all hope is gone…
Stubborn person that I am though, I kept coming back to the Dr. Martens page and [maybe] hoping for a miracle. I even opened it on the laptop just to torture myself some more. Masochistic much, right? And on the umpteenth refresh this evening…
I couldn’t believe my eyes. Just like that, they were available again.. and still on sale! 😱 I was thinking it was a technical glitch on the website. I once again hit refresh, expecting it to go back to being out of stock. But no, it was still available even in my size! And remember my masochistic streak? Yeah, I hit the refresh button some more just to make sure, all the while fearing they would go out of stock again. But they were still there several refreshes after! My mind was like:
I quickly added it to my cart and hit checkout, not quite daring to breathe. It went all the way to the shipping and billing details then to the payment section, smooth as you please. By then, it was only a matter of getting the hubby to input the payment details, and they 👏🏼 will 👏🏼 be 👏🏼 all 👏🏼 MINE!
I only let out a breath when we got the order confirmation. And just like that, the wedding shoes I didn’t initially know I wanted was mine! Now we just have to wait until it arrives. It might take a coupla weeks since I didn’t spring for expedited shipping, but I can wait. It’s not like I’ll be needing it anytime soon as the wedding is still months away. Also, it will be worth it.
But wait, there’s more!
Because I am a very stubborn and makulit creature, I kept checking back on the page even after our purchase. And some minutes later, lo and behold:
It would seem that I got the last size 6 pair. That was really close. I got my boots just on time. My dark little heart is happy AF. 🖤