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    Any dedicated observer of shoe culture knows that over the last decade or so, something very strange and concerning happened to designer shoes: they got really fucking expensive. In the early 2000s, a pair of Pradas or YSLs could be had at full price for around $400. In this clip from Season 4 of Sex and the City, Carrie laments the loss of a pair of Manolos that cost $485, which is implied to be a staggering sum. At the most recent Barneys Warehouse Sale, many of the sale prices were higher than that. One struggles to name a consumer item whose price has inflated more dramatically in recent years than the designer shoe (and it's not like $400 is "cheap," as baselines go, to begin with). Basic designer pumps now often hit in the $700-$900 range. Even newer designers, like Brian Atwood and Camilla Skovgaard, feel justified in pricing some of their offerings at over $1000. Christian Louboutin's zippered heels will set you back nearly $1600. Anything with embellishment or exotic leather might top $2000. What. The. Fuck?

    First of all, no, you're not imagining things.
    "The observation is correct, the prices have shot up dramatically," says Daniella Vitale, chief merchant and executive vice president of Barneys New York. "We still open up at $395 in designer ballet flats" — Fendi, FYI — "and Rochas has a loafer at $395, but I would say that those are really becoming the anomaly."
    Barneys' average designer shoe price is now $770, a situation even the store admits is "concerning." The C.E.O. of Christian Louboutin claims his company's shoes have risen in price because the cost of raw materials has gone up by "30 to 40 per cent" in the last 18 months. George Malkemus, C.E.O. of Manolo Blahnik, says the price hikes are unwise.
    "When a young lady says to me, ‘I went shopping for shoes and the average price point was $900' — $900 used to be a coat," says Malkemus. "I think that people may have taken advantage of the notion that ‘It's all about accessories right now.' When [designer] ready-to-wear priced itself out of the realm of most consumers, shoes and bags were still affordable. Now, what's happened is the shoe people and the bag people sort of lost control of that, and they are scaring off a certain consumer."


    Why Are Designer Shoes So Damn Expensive All Of A Sudden?


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    The same pricing thing happened with handbags. Bags that were a couple hundred in the nineties are well over a thousand now. Sometimes I click on the spam before I delete it and knockoff bags are going for over $500 quite often. Sure it's less than the real thing but it's still totally obscene. It used to be something you could save up for and splurge on but these brands are really trying to push the exclusivity of their product. I think it's actually fueled the whole knockoff industry.

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    Ridiculous prices - they are just shoes. You wear them, they get dirty, your feet are either happy because your shoes are comfy or they're miserable but look fabulous because of the price you paid. It's all vanity - some people need to be able to name drop about their shoes/purses/jeans etc.

    Someone bought a Jimmy Choo purse on line from DSW (where I work); for whatever reason, it didn't work out (really?!), and she returned it to our store. We would have had to sell it for $1,200. It was black patent leather, but nothing special. Just way overpriced.
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    I won't buy designer shoes any more. I can't wear the ridiculous heels any more and it seems that it's a choice between ballet flats (no support nor shock absorbency) or stupid Kadashians' height heels. No thank you.


    I thought that a lot of US prices might be influenced by the exchange rates but not to triple in price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookie View Post
    for whatever reason, it didn't work out (really?!), and she returned it to our store.
    She used it at the one event she wanted a 'fancy' purse for and then returned it when she was done to get her money back.

    Zsa Zsa Gabor was well known for doing that even with underwear. *shudder*

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    it's ridiculous.
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    I don't buy designer anything. Can't wrap my head around those prices.
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    In 2003 I bought the most perfect pair of black Prada pumps for $300 plus tax. I long for those days. Seriously, the same shoe has is more than double in price, that's fucking ridiculous. I used to be willing to save and splurge on those "special pieces" but what the fuck is the point? The heel tips will get worn out, the soles will need replacing, and most are made in the same fucking factory.
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    Saw some Prada open toe wedges at Marshalls (really) couple of weeks ago; not my size. They were about $150 and just gorgeous. Brown, but just well made, the leather color was almost a wine/brown and I love OT wedges. Probably would have gone for $300+ regular price. And nobody would be able to tell they're designer; you'd have to take the shoes off and tell people who they're designed by.
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    Yeah, I agree. It's totally ridiculous. Some of the stuff the designers come up with are ugly as shit too (i.e. that hideous balenciaga patchwork bag) and they slap an absurd price tag on it just because of the name. I have a pair of louboutins and they're so uncomfortable. They're just the simple pump too.. You think for the price they'd at least make them more comfy. I went into a Chanel store recently to purchase the classic quilted bag. I remember a few years ago it was a bit over $2000 for it. Even then I thought it was expensive but I finally convinced myself to buy one. So I go in there ready to purchase one and as soon as the lady pulled the bag off the shelf I walked out. Lol the bag was $4400!!!! It more than doubled!!! I couldnt check the price of the bag online beforehand because chanel doesnt provide the prices of their bags online either, which is stupid. Fucking ridiculous!!!

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    Unless their business falls sharply, they will continue to get away with this. People pay it! Stupid.
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    I'd consider paying a bit more for high quality comfortable shoes but those prices are ridiculous. Some designer stuff is ugly too; imo it's for people with more money than sense.

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    I can't imagine paying full price for these shoes. I'm a Maxxinista baby. Anything designer I have comes from their or an outlet store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookie View Post
    Saw some Prada open toe wedges at Marshalls (really) couple of weeks ago; not my size. They were about $150 and just gorgeous. Brown, but just well made, the leather color was almost a wine/brown and I love OT wedges. Probably would have gone for $300+ regular price. And nobody would be able to tell they're designer; you'd have to take the shoes off and tell people who they're designed by.
    I have a couple of pairs of Prada shoes (1x purple T-strap & 1x black pee toe vintage inspired blah blah blah) and their size 41 fits me perfectly, is really comfortable (& being heavy I'm heavy on my feet) & both pairs are really well made.
    I have 2x pair Cole Haans a mule & a sneaker. The mules are fine but the soles at the front of the sneakers came unglued on both of them. It was easily fixed but if I'd paid full price for them I'd be pissed. Tbh I wasn't particularly impressed but not being in the US the shipping to return them is a bitch....
    I bought them because I have a Haan handbag that I love but I'm not sure I'd buy any more shoes.
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