On the left is my pair of 10 year old Papillios by Birkenstock. I got them to replace a pair of Birkenstocks that was stolen from my car the summer after I got married. They cost $30 from a local shoe store and I thought they looked dorky, but I desperately needed cheap, comfortable sandals.
Four years ago, I got the Dansko slides in the middle, and the Papillios went to the back door as mud shoes to wear outside and into our dirt-floor basement where I fetch canned and frozen goods.
The Dansko slides in the middle were bought on a shopping trip four years ago with my cousin's wife. I was waffling between the slides and the strappy sandals on my feet in the photo. My cousin's wife, wanting to be helpful, told me the slides were cooler; I bought them for $55. Then we took our screaming children to McDonald's.
But I never forgot those strappy sandals. In fact, I even triumphantly bought a pair on ebay for $20, but it turned out that although the sandals were labeled size 42, they were, in fact, size 38! A perfect fit for my friend Rebecca, but a sad day for me.
On the way back from the beach, I talked my husband into detouring 18 miles to go to a Dansko outlet again. And I finally bought my strappy tan sandals - for a mere $44, hugely on sale from the retail price of $110. Hooray!
Bonus: the outlet itself was beautiful. Double bonus: free popcorn for the children, free coffee for the husband.