I've been looking at some of the threads on this & a couple of other blogs & got to thinking about 'luxury designers' and when I would be willing to spend upwards of $500 or more on a single pair of shoes, however well-made.
I seem to have encountered 2 main schools of thought (once you eliminate those rare shoe mavins who can buy any shoe they want & never need consider the price tag):
1.) On type is the person who really loves a few classic styles and would rather spend the higher price tag for something that will always be in style and would rather not have to replace the same shoe season after season when they can keep a comfortable quality shoe for years. They may not have a problem spending money on a trendier shoe, but may view it as wasteful to spend full designer prices for a single season shoe when they can still find a comfortable 'inspired-by' knock-off style at a price more in keeping with a trend's short lifespan.
2.) The other main type seems to be the Ooh La La person. I am more in this category. If I decide to spend what to me is quite frankly an indulgent amount of money on a single pair of shoes - I really want that to be a shoe that is spectacular. Will it be trendy - Perhaps. But it will also be a shoe that will never truly be available on a lower price point because the work involved is simply too much to be effectively copied for less money. A case in point are the Miu Miu Jeweled heel sandals and the Prada flower heeled pumps. I know they are distinctive, but I tend to think they will become not dated, but a classic high point for shoes.
Are you any of these? Do you have other impulses when looking at higher end footwear?
>>> Let's just say I'd love to own a pair of shoe in which I could have tea with the queen, should she ever drop by.