Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Birkenstockmeister

I had reason to visit the local Birkenstockmeister (seller of Birkenstocks) recently. I have a pair of sandals purchased on my honeymoon in Munich -- CHEAP! -- nine years ago and they've just about bitten the dust. Time for some new ones. And since I have no upcoming trip planned to the Fatherland, I must do my purchasing locally.

When I got there, the very nice hippie gentleman who waited on me showed me an identical pair to my old ones, priced at $80. OR, he said that he could refurbish my old Birkenstocks: recork, resole, whatever. And that would be $65. With the prices so similar, I asked him what the advantage to refurbishing would be. "Oh, well you could buy the new AND refurbish the old, and that way you'd have a pair just to kick around in."

Now, I may be Northwestern enough to have a good fleece, but do I really need "good" Birks and "kick-around" Birks?

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Blogger N. English said...

What is the advantage to refurbishing? Well, he'd have an extra $65 to put in his account. The real advantage is that you don't have to buy a new pair and recycle the old ones, using less material.

He's no hippie, just a slick salesman in a hippie disguise.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Dermboy said...

Depending on what is needed you could get a new sole for $35.00

3:36 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

No, I need the whole shebang.

N, good point about the hippie. Many a good hippie is ruined by capitalism.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous K :) said...

Nah, dude and dude-ette,it's all about recycling, mahn. Do the Right Thing, reduce-reuse-recycle, mahn ... !

Actually, of course, with repairs that extensive, you are only saving the leather. But perhaps our fellow DQP (note to the rest of the world: not related to DQ) would thank you (in, you know, that zen space where we all exist as one and she is somehow aware of your Birkenstock choices ;) ).

I face the same conundrum. My answer? Buy more fly shoes at Goodwill for $5/pair, stop wearing out the Birks ;)! Woo woo! Not so great for my feet, but yay for the fabulousness quotient ;)! (And I find if I switch shoes regularly, my feet don't get anyone kind of cramp-injury, so it's OK. Right ;)?)

10:27 PM  
Anonymous K :) said...

any one, not anyone.
totally confusing typo, sorry!

10:28 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

Brandy (the other DQP) would be all-cognizant and approving, since I buy the faux-leather (although I eat meat, so I should be more indidenous about it and use ALL parts of the cow, eh? Bad Cascadian!)

Yeah, I considered the impact. I figure any shoes that last me 9 years are environmentally ok.

8:02 AM  
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