This is one of my most commonly asked questions. With price tags nearly doubling over the last decade, consumers are wondering if it's worth the splurge.
“A shoe is not only a design, but it's a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you're going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.” - Christian Louboutin
Designer shoes continue to rise in popularity. Aesthetically stunning, comfortable in fit and luxurious in craftsmanship. The downside? Their price tags are continually-increasing, but do you have to spend a fortune to achieve your style goals? There are many mid-range options that will provide a similar style and comfort. If you are contemplating whether or not to take the plunge on luxury footwear, keep these 4 points in mind:
FIT & QUALITY: A well-fitting shoe is crucial to how you will move. Even expensive shoes don't look good when they are ill-fitting. The quality of the shoe will contribute to its longevity and you want to get your money's worth!
COST-PER-WEAR: The price (including care and maintenance) divided by the number of times you will wear it. This formula will help you make a decision if the purchase works within your budget.
COMPATIBILITY: Can you easily incorporate it in your wardrobe? Consider the colour and style. This will vary from closet to closet.
WARDROBE GOALS: What are these shoes helping you achieve? This will speak to your personal goals as well because your wardrobe should reflect the image you would like to portray to the world. Is your purchase a trendy one, or are you building a classic into your collection?
There are many options to choose from and designer brands do eventually go on sale. With a little "sole" searching, you can find options that you are comfortable and pleased with. Go ahead, try some on and have fun with it!