Money doesn’t equal happiness. Nor does money equal fabulousness. I know that in all of my previous blogs I have shown you pictures and given you examples of exorbitantly expensive designer shoes. Don’t get me wrong, all of those shoes are wonderful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find fabulous shoes at a lower price.
“But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar De La Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? … And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of 8 different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic casual corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin.” –The Devil Wears Prada
This quote, is a great example of how the fashion world works, but it applies to more than just sweaters; it applies to shoes as well. Designers create shoes and debut them on the runway. Eventaully, lower-end shoe producers replicate these designs with cheaper materials and then sell them at a much lower price than the designer would. There is no shame in partaking in these shoes. Not all of us, including myself can afford a pair of Chanel’s everytime we need a new pair to go with an outfit.
Compare this shoe from Sheikh to this shoes by Christian Dior. They are identical beyond the color of the under-sole. The Christian Dior costs $790.00 at Neiman Marcus while the Shiekh shoe costs $44.97 at Shiekh. The thing is, no one will know that you’re wearing a knock-off unless you show them your in-sole, which you shouldn’t be doing anyway because your shoes should remain on your feet at all times.
Now look at this peep-toe from Target compared to this Steve Madden. Why pay $98.99 for the Steve Madden’s when you could pay $26.99 for the pair from Target. No one will be able to tell the difference and you will be able to afford more shoes for you’re money. And I won’t tell if you don’t.
Rule # 5: Never give-up a fabulous shoe-wearing friend for wearing a knock-off pair of heels. It’s traitorism and it’s unforgivable.
Shoes of the Week: Akeemi from Foever 21. This shoe is also a Steve Madden knock-off and only costs $26.80.