Both of these pairs were bought while traveling, so attached to them are fond memories of those trips. I might even call this pair my favorite of all time. I bought them on a day trip to Kobe, one of my favorite cities in Japan. I saw them early in the day, and as we wandered around the city, I continued to think about them. We almost couldn't find the shop again, but I'm so glad we did. I wore them long after my pinky toe started poking out the side.
And when someone asked where I got these, I loved to answer, "in Singapore." It was another case of second thoughts--I left the store without them and then went back later. That's how I know I love a pair of shoes: I just can't get them out of my head. For a while, I had to pack back-up shoes every time I wore these because they kept breaking and I'd end up walking around school like I had a limp. This time, E says they're beyond repair.
And that 'can't get them out of my head' thing--that's how it is with my latest shoe purchase. They're last year's design, so I searched the internet (kind of obsessively) until I found them in my size. I love these almost as much as the two pairs I'm parting with.