In honor of Mamma Kat's Writer's Workshop I am going to be taking on Prompt #1:
They just don't make (fill in the blank) like they used to!
They just don't make shoes like they used to!
I have a pair of shoes that I bought in the early 90's that I used strictly for dancing. These shoes were all leather uppers and leather soles. After I bought them I said to myself… "These shoes will never touch pavement". This was so that the sole would not wear out unexpectedly, or have dimples which would effect my routines. Believe it or not, these shoes lasted me up through October of last year when I ripped the top of one shoe from doing knee slides on the dance floor at my Step-son's wedding.
Since that time I have gone through at least two pairs of regular "street" shoes that I use for walking around. One would think that with modern technology someone would be able to develop a sole on a shoe that does not wear out that quick— but after about four months of use a hole develops in the heel. I can get my dancing shoes repaired at a cobbler, but I strictly doubt that I can get one of those new fangled soles for my street shoes.
I heard from someone back in the 80's that many Japanese electronics manufacturers make more money through repairs than through actual sales. Because of this, they design their products to break only after a few years of use. It sure sounds like a lot of the shoe manufacturers have caught on to this and use the same practice. But instead of taking your shoe into a cobbler, you are now forced to buy a new one because it costs more money to repair that broken shoe.
My poor feet…