Daphne Merkin of the New York TimesT magazine recently went about perusing Bergdorf Goodman‘s Spring 2011 shoe catalog, and she noticed something that perhaps the rest of you have picked up on as well: Shoes are getting more expensive. While Merkin’s assertion that we should all get used to seeing a $2000 price tag on the season’s best designs is perhaps something of an overstatement, I’ve sensed some price resistance from our readers in the past few months. It costs more than it ever has to be well-shod, and no one’s happy about it except the people selling the shoes.

For my personal collection, I become squeamish at $1000. I’m a 25-year-old blogger, and although I’m well-remunerated for my work, there’s no way on Earth that I can justify more than that for a pair of shoes. People who are further in their careers or who work in more lucrative industries (maybe I should have studied finance?) can likely justify a higher price point, and then there are a certain number of people for whom budget is not a relevant word. So where do you stand? What’s your breaking point with shoe prices?

[via T magazine]

  • cca

    $400 but i have never purchased a pair of shoes over $300

  • mochababe73

    I am a teacher so that shoe is more than what I make in a two week period. Like $800 more. And, I don’t have credit cards.
    Since I am not a shoe lover, I just don’t get spending $2000 on something that walks on the filthy ground. Most are not practical.
    However, I do own designer shoes. A pair of Ferragamo flats. Tod’s loafers. All bought at resale shops. I also own Donald Pliners, Coach sandals and tennis shoes, Kenneth Cole sandals. I know second tier designers, but still purchased at resale shops. I know some may find it disgusting, but I clean them up. I was an athlete and never got Athlete’s Foot. I don’t plan on getting it now.
    With that being said, I think that the most expensive pair were the Tod’s loafers at $50. I don’t think I have ever spent more than that. When I do buy new shoes (Macy’s, TJ MAXX, Ross, Marshall’s), they are always off-season and on sale. Fortunately, in TX, I can wear open toed shoes, sandals, flip-flops throughout the year and even in December.
    I STILL haven’t found any Chanel ballet flats. That $600 price tag still is too expensive.
    By the way, I found Havaiana’s at Ross for $5.99. LOVE!
    Yeah, $50 would be my limit.

  • Sandy

    I am a firm believer that you should invest in shoes and bags. I would spend $2000.00 for a pair of shoes if I really loved them and could see myself wearing them year after year. The most I have spent on a pair of shoes at this point is about $1500.00. I start scouting shoes as soon as the runway shows…then I know for sure which pairs I want and my purchase is well thought out. For instance, I already have the YSL lace up boots on my list for fall.

  • Erik

    As a man there are not many options when it comes to shoe options, the most i have spent on shoes is 1500 for a pair of Zegna boots, my average is 500-600 for Ferragamo, which i consider an investment i’d rather spend 400 dollars more on shoes that are going to last me 5 years more than the 100 dollar option, but for a 2000 dollar shoe..they’d have to be some amazing probably exotic leather shoes for me to buy them

  • lula

    I am one of those who would pay whatever crazy price to get a pair of shoes that I really like. My normal range is $800-$1000 for saint laurent shoes, and 500-700 for other brands. For boots it could go over 1000. So far I haven’t found any shoes that’s worth $2000. I guess it’s just a way of self-regulation that my expectation for shoes with that high a price tag has to be of 1000% perfection. But still, if I ever find the perfect pair I would be more than happy to take it home. For now I do have my eyes on the python wedges from YSL’s spring runway, which costs roughly $2000. I would say it’s almost there but still I’ll have to wait until the real thing arrives. Hope the fall python trend would surprise me when they hit store.

  • belle

    My limit for shoes has recently expanded a little (mostly thanks to you guys reviewing such beautiful shoes here), but I don’t think I could ever see myself spending $2000 on shoes. Like bisbee, I worry far too much about shoes getting wrecked during day to day life and would much rather spend my money on handbags or clothes, both of which I feel I can take better care of.

  • Michelle S

    These prices are just getting ridiculous. I also believe that buying a bag is an investment but I’m stating to doubt that about shoes. I don’t believe that 2000.00 or 1000.00 is normal. The most I have ever spent on shoes is 700 but 600 is my limit. I will wait for them to go on sale.

  • Stylista

    True, prices are high, but I’m not the one going out to buy these kind of shoes anyway. They can go as high as they want; my job is to sit and admire. Sure, prices could go middle-class low, but then the shoes lose a bit of their appeal. I, for one, don’t mind high prices in fashion. It’s how it is.


  • Seejay

    $2k is too steep for my common sense. Over the years I’ve moved from $200 range (6 yrs ago) to spending $995 on today for a pair if Jimmy Choos. I’ve surpassed the $900 mark only a few times & don’t expect to make that a habit. Once I got the bug for high quality shoes, i was hooked. As for the dirty ground, yeah true enough but eventually everything will get a bit dirty. I rotate my shoes & bags pretty well & try not to repeat in the same week or two.

  • Shannon

    Being an unemployed college student, my shoe budget is not very high. But when I was employed, I never spent more than $200. I did not even cross that line until this summer, and it was still hard for me to spend that much. But I’m sure once I find a well paying job, and then career, my budget will increase. However, I do like the $1,000 shoes when I am looking at shoes online, so I would say that is my ultimate budget.

  • Joe

    I may be incriminating myself here, but with Redo My Shoe, my average strassed shoe sells for $1,000+. Keep in mind, my shoes are 1/3 to 1/2 the price of the the ones CL sells on his site. That being said, I am pretty frugal in my real life. I may spend $250-$500 on designer heels to strass, but if I am in the market to buy a pair of shoes for myself, the first thing I do is look on eBay. With most of us, it’s a matter of priority. And as I grow with my business, though, it’s becoming a matter of quality too. Being around well-made shoes gives me a greater appreciation for the craft, so if there was a great pair of comfortable loafers in my size, I wouldn’t have as much hesitation as I did a year ago about dropping $200 on them.


  • Merve

    I am one of those who has begrudgingly spent 2000 on a shoe and from all the light brown boxes that make an appearance in my wardrobe i have also spent around the 1000 range many times over. I prefer to give more money for shoes than for clothes. Thats just the way I am. However i truly do believe that prices nowadays have become shocking and if the recession continues the 2k shoe purchases will be unsustainable for an increasing number of people. I do try and act smart and spend the large amounts on shoes that i would get a lot of use out of rather than seasonal trends.

  • Chris

    Hmm, I never understood women’s fascination with shoes . . . until about a year ago. I had scoffed at the obsession of girlfriends, who had a penchant for shopping similar to Rebecca Bloomwood (played by Isla Fisher) in “Confessions of a Shopaholic”.

    Ignoring for a moment the topic of price points queried here, I simply did not comprehend the obsession itself. I thought the manipulation of women by shoe designers was something akin to mind control. I asked “What does the phrase ‘ I NEED these to go with an outfit !’ mean ?”.

    Then, with the arrival of Spring (in the deep South), I inexplicably “got it”. I was bitten by the bug. My desire to learn as much as I could, as fast as I could, was inexorable. During my quest I stumbled upon “Talk Shoes” and the rest was history . . .

    If there’s a lesson I’ve learned in life, it’s that “Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Well” , even shopping. The Christian Louboutin Crepe Satin d’Orsay in Lie de Vin (wine) literally spoke to me (or did I imagine this) . . .

    I’d rather have a few pair of “statement” shoes, and take GREAT care of them, than a closet full of shoes that lost my interest after a single wearing. While that may be a different way of saying “practical”, I believe that is what it is. What I have trouble comprehending are those women who buy/wear a pair of shoes, costing upwards of say, $750, a single time. The girls/ladies/women expressing themselves on “Talk Shoes” seem more “balanced” than that !

    Now for my answer . . . I do not have a limit. I maybe SHOULD, but I do not. It s all about priorities, and quality is at the top of my list. “Made in Italy”, is where I start, whereas “Made in China” is a place I cannot fathom.

    More soon . . . 🙂

  • Fallonlatrece

    I think $1200.00 would be my limit, and that would only be on a pair of designer, high quality, boots. It’s hard to find boots that fit my small legs, still haven’t found any to this day. That being said, $600 is probably my max at this stage in my career.

  • shueaddict

    Amanda Mull knows good shoes and isn’t afraid to ask 😉

  • Shelly

    I would never go over $800 but the most ive ever spent was 500 on gorgeous stuart weizman pumps

  • alice

    We, in Italy are very lucky. we can buy for a very good quality pair of shoes about 100 $, even less (Milan is full of wonderful shops). For a very famous brand ok much more, but many times it does not worth while (the quality not always good…)

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