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Vimes' boots theory of socio-economic unfairness. - Ed's journal
Vimes' boots theory of socio-economic unfairness.
"[Vimes] learned something new: the very very rich could afford to be poor. Sybil Rankin lived in the kind of poverty that was only available to the very rich, a poverty approached form the other side. Women who were merely well-off saved up and bought dresses made of silk edged with lace and pearls, but Lady Ramkin was so rich she could afford to stomp around the place in rubber boots and a tweed skirt that had belonged to her mother. She was so rich she could afford to live on biscuits and cheese sandwiches. She was so rich she lived in three rooms in a thirty-four roomed mansion; the rest of them were full of very expensive and very old furniture, covered in dust sheets.

The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while a poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socio-economic unfairness."

On a related note - my new boots have arrived. First impressions are that they're comfy and robust.

I'm also dead impressed with the customer service I got from Polimil. (http://www.polimil.co.uk/)
They phoned me the day after I ordered, to say they were out of stock.
They suggested an alternative that they could dispatch immediately (One I had been considering, so it was a good alternative).
And then they gave me an indication of lead time to get new stock - 5-7 working days.
I chose to wait, and was quite impressed to see them dispatch Thursday (so more like 4 working days) to arrive Friday.

It's easy to get used to 'very average' customer service, so I was quite pleased with my shopping experience - I'll be remembering them for next time.

The boots come well reviewed - who couldn't like (from the site)
"I have been wearing this excellent boot for the last five years and nothing else comes close. Some trainer wearers will think it's too rigid but the extra support lends it to the more demanding user. I've hopped over high security spiked steel fencing, trudged through broken glass and needles, even got dragged a quarter mile by a stolen car. Let me tell you, when you are lying on your back at 40mph with only your boots between you and the Tarmac, these bad boys are what you need. I won't wear anything else."
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ammos From: ammos Date: August 11th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
At that price they need to be gold plated. There are few boots I'd pay for at that price no matter how good they are. I admit that so far magnums are serving me well although I don't wear them for IC or are these just for day to day wear?
sobrique From: sobrique Date: August 12th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wear my boots pretty much year round. My last pair have given me many years of service, and been comfy, warm and dry. I think it a worthy investment for something to wear daily.
From: lostdreamer666 Date: August 12th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


...says someone who has clearly never owned a damn good pair of boots. It makes a huge difference when your feet are warm, dry and comfy.
As for the price? I can spend more than that on diesel in a weekend without trying that hard. It's hard to begrudge the expenditure on something as important as boots.
ammos From: ammos Date: August 12th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bargain

I own many good pairs of boots, a lot of them sitting hardly worn in a draw due to sadly having progressed with joint degradation meaning that I mostly live in horribly expensive trainers and wear boots for larp events, first aiding or occasionally out and about. I have have had 6 years wear high duty out of my magnums and they still look brand new, before my joints failed so much that I'm now working on cyborg status....

I like good boots but they really have to convince me before I part with that sort of cash. Thats more than I've paid for my specialist motorbike boots, though ok I got them on a deal on the internet saving me money.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: August 24th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bargain

Well, hence my assertion - I spent a similar amount on my previous pair, and have found it to be an eminently worthy investment. My 'excuse' was having had dodgy break on my ankle, but the simple truth is I find it really comfortable, and great for working absurd distances.
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