The shoes were a bargain.
I know because she only ever bought from the discounted, discontinued, clearance area. She spent little on herself. We dressed in hand-me-downs from cousins. We made our own soap, ketchup, applesauce… always had a garden. Never had a credit card. Paid off debts quickly. Always had money in a savings account.
The only splurge I can remember was having her hair done each week, and that was after she got a job in a local factory.
In later years, when she could afford better, she still bought from the bargain rack.