Hi, I'm Debbie Nol, and I married a car guy. My 14 years of working at Arie Nol Auto Center has been an incredible journey, building amazing relationships with customers and learning so much from our experienced technicians.
Now I'm launching a blog to share what I've learned about cars and some of my most memorable customer stories. Hopefully you will find my blog both helpful and entertaining!
Can you imagine the first person to strap some leather to their feet for protection? I'm sure it wasn't very pretty.
Over 2000 years ago, someone actually took several pairs of shoes and put them in an earthen jar. These shoes were discovered in a burial site in Luxor. They believe they placed them in a wall because they were the most valuable possession they owned. They may have intended to return for them and never did.
Fast forward to 2016. Some people think of shoes as simply foot protection. A female customer and I were talking about our difference in opinion about footwear. She buys a pair of shoes and wears them until they wear out. I could not comprehend that statement.
Some people feel like that about cars. Drive whatever works for you and then replace as needed. Some people love a certain type of car and may collect them. Others, like Jay Leno, collect cars of all types, makes, and vintages.
I would like to be the Jay Leno of shoes. Spring is coming and I'm lured by all the pretty espadrilles, sandals and strappy-type shoes. My Pinterest board is filled with all the spring styles that I love.
So, let me know. Would you rather be the Jay Leno of cars or shoes? Perhaps both, and match your shoes to the car you're driving that day.
Over the years, I’ve learned that quality makes a difference. There are some items that you can purchase and you can go with the less expensive item and it won’t negatively affect anything. Other times, it makes a big impact.
Last year, I had two sons get married. This required some serious shopping. Dresses, shoes, etc. Believe me, I was up for the challenge. I’ve established that I love shoes. I have on occasion purchased shoes that I loved but they ended up being uncomfortable to wear. With wedding shoes, you need something pretty but that you can wear for a whole day. I found a pair of shoes that I loved that were made by Ivanka Trump. The heel were pretty high and I planned ahead and had back-up flats, for non-shoe lovers, comfortable but not as pretty shoes to change into later. This is where design and quality come in. I wore my Ivanka shoes for fourteen hours! They finally became uncomfortable at 11:45 PM. I looked at them and found several reasons that they were comfortable that long. Mainly, engineering and materials. I have another child getting married this year and no doubt the Ivanka brand will be my first choice.
Which brings me to windshield wiper blades. I never cared about them. They were attached to my car and swept rain off my windshield. Several years ago, a salesman came in with a new type of blade he wanted us to try. I expressed that we carried perfectly good wiper blades and thanks but “No.” He asked if I would try them on my own car for a week and I said yes.
That same night, I was in Holland for one of my kid’s soccer games. There was a torrential downpour, the game was cancelled and I had to drive home. Did I mention torrential? I ate my words while I was driving home. The new trial wiper blades did such a good job that it was “clearly” noticeable.
I’ve learned in auto world that there are items that are worth investing in and ones that you can go with the less expensive version, just like shoes. It depends on what you expect from them.
I have a board on Pinterest devoted to pins of shoes I love. If you don’t understand that sentence, you may be a guy. Or you are missing out on the greatest time waster ever created. My Pinterest shoe board is, to me, what Car and Driver magazine is to men. I look at pictures of shoes other people love and decide if I want to pin them to my board. Like Car and Driver readers and the cars they love, I will never own 99% of the shoes that I see and like.
The boards on Pinterest are somewhat like going to a car show. People stop and look at the cars and then discuss if they’ve had that car, want that car or just admire that car. I pin a pair of shoes and if someone else pins them, we’ve bonded. We like the same shoes. We’re shoe-sisters. I saw a poster that said, “Shoes make me happy. I’m superficial. Whatever.” I didn’t want to relate to that statement, but I did.