When it comes to shoes, Nairobi is divided into three groups of women.
The ones who only wear new shoes, the ones who wear “mtumba shoes” (second hand) and the ones who occasionally shift back and forth from the two camps. I, however, belong to the group that has no clear preference.
When it come to high heels or office leather shoes, I prefer to buy brand new shoes. This is because they I can break them in to suit my foot and my walk. Wearing a shoe with a shaky heel can make you fall and that nobody needs that kind of embarrassment.
When it comes to flats, I recently discovered that “mtumba” shoes are simply the best. If they are carefully selected, well cleaned and treated before you wear them.
These are the reasons why I love my “Mtumba” Shoes.
1. They are of a higher quality.
Many people might not know this but many pairs of second-hand shoes are usually of a higher quality compared to the 500 bob shoes sold in the CBD. These shoes wear out in a week or even less depending on the strain. When it comes to second-hand shoes, select them carefully to make sure they are not worn or simply glued together. Look at the soul and seams for any irregularities. Remember to ask for a good deal when shopping.
2. They can take the strain.
Compared to the new “leather” shoes available in Nairobi, mtumba shoes can actually give you a run for your money because they last a long time. If you take care of your shoes, they will not wear out fast. Buy shoes that are in good condition to help you save on buying flats every other week.
3. They are already broken in.
This is one of my biggest problems with new flats, they dig into the back of your foot for a while before breaking in. This is because of the materials used to make them. They are stiff and could leave you with big wounds and blisters.
4. They are cheap.
Depending on where you buy your second-hand shoes, they could be cheaper than the new shoes. Good second-hand shoes can range anywhere between 200 and 2000 depending on where you shop. You could unknowingly get yourself a designer shoe for literally nothing compared to their original price in the UK and US.
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