February’s shopping haul is more about quality than quantity. It’s a small haul this month because of how much each of these items cost. I definitely went way over my budget, but these new purchases aren’t just your normal pick-ups. They’re items that I’ll be using or keeping for a while so that justifies the high price tags on them.
Air Jordan 3 Retro OG “Black Cement”
The Air Jordan 3, specifically the retro colorways that include the elephant print, are my favorite shoes of all time. When I heard the rumors of an early 2018 release date, I was hyped. I was lucky enough to buy a pair during the 2011 release, but I got them in a slightly bigger size than I would’ve liked since it was the last in-store pair. This time around, I did everything I could to secure a pair:
- Signed up for a bunch of online sneaker raffles
- Researched the footwear stores that would carry them on release day
- Blocked out my entire Saturday morning to try to get them online
Lady Luck must’ve felt bad for making me lose all the other countless sneaker raffles because I finally won one (shoutout to Sneakersnstuff!). The funny thing is that I didn’t even get an email informing me that I had won. I found out through PayPal when they emailed me a receipt for a Sneakernstuff purchase. The email freaked me out for a few seconds because I couldn’t remember buying anything from them so I thought I was hacked. I figured it wasn’t a hack and that I won the raffle when the total amount stated on the receipt matched the retail price of the Black Cements. Yay!
I can now officially wear the crap out of my 2011 pair and store the new pair in a box. Don’t worry — I’ll let them see some sunlight when I take them out and admire them from time to time.
Apple iPhone X
Ever since the iPhone X and iPhone 8 release, I’ve been telling people that I won’t be upgrading my iPhone 6S to the newer models. Other than a performance boost, the iPhone 8 didn’t seem like much of an upgrade as I felt that my 6S was fine as it was. The iPhone X’s small bezel design looked awesome, but I couldn’t justify spending $1000+ on a new phone.
Well, I’m here to say that I finally jumped on the hype and spent $1000+ on a new phone.
I already explained my rationale on why I needed a new phone. The iPhone X offered a more modern design and a completely new user experience, but the main reason for upgrading was for the powerful camera.
After using it for 2 weeks, I can say it was worth the upgrade. The price was a bit steep, but I got what I wanted: a more modern phone and better pictures. The only issue I have with the iPhone X is the changed user experience. Some actions are actually harder to do (ie., switching between apps) and more time consuming, but that’s just something I have to live with.