An opportunity arose to buy the Isabel Marant 'Dickers' in the Taupe colour. I seized the opportunity.
Isabel Marant 'Dickers' vs Witchery 'Simone'
Truth be told, although I never intended to buy the real deal, the idea did not seem completely obscene since I was immensely enjoying wearing my Witchery knock-offs. Through wearing the Witchery shoes, I now knew that this style would work for me, so buying the Isabel Marant version would not be a waste of my money (like the countless other things in my wardrobe). Further in reading owners' testimonials about how comfortable these shoes are (and comfort now being the number one factor when considering a shoe purchase these days), I decided to bite the bullet and splurge. I figured if I didn't, I would regret it next week when someone else decided they had to have these shoes BEFORE I decided the same thing.
This is not the first time a Witchery dupe has caused me to spend a lot of money. The Witchery 'Phoebe' - a knock off of the Chloe 'Paddington', sans the padlock started it all.
Although I liked the Witchery knock-off "Chloe" bag, I couldn't help but daydream about one day carrying the real thing... I patiently waited for the Paddington to go on sale, and when it did it became mine! Buying it made me REALLY happy (but quite possibly because I was in a really unhappy relationship at the time).
That Chloe 'Paddington' bag kind of set things off for me. The Witchery knock-off didn't even compare to the real thing in terms of quality and workmanship (even though it was a lot more comfy to carry - weighing about a tonne less than the Paddy!).
Very similar detailing on the Witchery 'Simone'... but no leather lining and sole.
It seems that there is a trend based on my past shopping experiences and the most recent experience - that the Witchery "Simone" boots get culled after only a few weeks of being purchased - I like to make way for what I wanted in the first place. Which begs the question - should one save for what one really wants in the first place, rather than settle for second best or the copy? Or is the idea behind buying inspired goods or copies a way to road test whether to upgrade later?