Just in case your memory needed a little push…here’s a quick reminder of the Christian Siriano claw-heeled shoes from his Spring 2010 Runway Collection:
And now, a big thanks to Racked NY, who noticed that the Ready-to-Wear versions of these ‘magically popped up’ online yesterday. If you are interested a review, Racked NY also hunted them down in-store and took them for a trial run to test for comfort and walk-ability.
At $80 each, they are a bit pricier than your average Payless offerings. But then again, I fondly remember being a much younger me and grabbing a pair of cute black pumps at Payless for $6.99 after I had finally worn my last pair into the ground. The most expensive items in the store in those days topped out at $21.99. So, I may be a little bit skewed in my price comparisons.
In this case, it’s probably better to go with my husband who has paid enough attention to price increases over the last decade to be more realistic about these things. He understands and occasionally notes, ‘That’s not a bad price these days’ on anything under $150.
Anyway, you might want to hurry if any of these styles have you crushing hard. You never know whether they will sell out; leaving you desperately trolling the online auction scene for a pair in your size – at painful and ridiculous markups, to boot.
Oh, and if you like a retro-accessories shoe-purse match, there’s always this (previously available) Siriano for Payless handbag for your consideration. (It also matches the previously available & less expensive ‘coast printed satin pumps’ which have a more traditional heel style if ‘the claw’ is not for you.)
I would have liked to have seen the paper-bag, bloused, booties show up at retail, but at $79.99 I can see why that may not have been possible to achieve.
It remains to be seen if the Payless budget-shopper demographic will accept higher-than-normal (at least for this retailer) prices for such designer exclusives. I wonder if even these under $100 offerings may be a big gamble for Payless and their traditional family-on-a-budget audience.
Which brings me to more questions:
Are you happy with the often pared-down translation of shoes from fashion week to Ready-to-wear? Or do you feel that too much is lost in bringing original runway styles to a widely affordable price point?