I ordered two things in the sales this year – these Boden flats and an ASOS skirt – and both of them managed to sell out before they could be dispatched, meaning I woke up a couple of days after Christmas to two separate, “Sorry, we’re not sending your order: sucks to be you!” emails. Boo!
I’m not one to give up easily when it comes to shopping, though. The skirt, I figured I could probably live without (If you’re wondering if it was full, 50s-style and midi length, you obviously know me well…), but I’d had my eye on the shoes for a while, so when I read the ‘apologies’ email, ‘disappointed’ wasn’t the word for it. No, really, it wasn’t the word for it: they’re just shoes, after all, you know? They were particularly pretty shoes, though, and it’s rare for me to find flats shoes I even like, let alone love, so once I’d stopped wailing and gnashing my teeth, I picked myself up of the floor, went to my computer and double-checked the Boden website.
And there they were, back in stock in my size.
There followed a difficult 24 hours or so, in which I wondered aloud and often what I should do. Did the fact they were back in stock mean they’d be sending them after all? Should I re-order them, in case they didn’t? If I re-ordered them, would that mean I’d end up with two pairs? Would that be the worst thing in the world, if I did? Should I email them? What if I did, and by the time they responded, the shoes had sold out again? And so and and so forth. Honestly, it’s exhausting being me sometimes, it really is.
Anyway, a day passed, during which I DID email Boden (I also tried calling them, but got put in such a lengthy call queue I gave up…), and the shoes DID sell out. GAH.
The next day, however, I received an email confirming that yes, “we’re not sending you the shoes” meant exactly what I thought it did, and that I’d have to re-order them. I decided to give the website one last look, and lo and behold, there they were AGAIN.
This time I wasted no time in placing my order, and as you can see, the shoes duly arrived. They’re now back in stock again in almost all sizes EXCEPT mine, so it just goes to show you that… I have no idea what it shows you, actually. Probably nothing, other than that Boden’s stock levels work in mysterious ways, and that if you want something, it pays to obsessively refresh the webite every few minutes. Not that I did that, obviously: I’m just saying you could. While I’m on the subject, I also didn’t order three pairs of the Bistro crops: that was some other redheaded blogger with some Christmas money to spend, and a renewed determination to buy practical clothes this year as well as all the skirts.
(And, I mean, they were, like, £11 each or something. It would’ve been rude not to, really.)
I never did get that ASOS skirt, though.
[P.S. On the subject of Boden: I get a lot of questions about their sizing, which I find runs large. These are a half-size smaller than my regular size, and fit perfectly, so that’s something to be aware of if you’re ordering a pair…]