Based on the “shoe autopsy” it was easy to see that the $600 [Christian Louboutin] shoes are better quality than the $20 [Payless] shoes but are they better than $75 to $80 shoes? At what price do you start getting good quality shoes and at what price does the quality top out and the higher price become merely about the name?
[C]heap shoes are a false economy, so we do not recommend cheap shoes. Ever.
We believe it is far more economical (and environmentally friendly, and ethical and stylish and …) to save and own two pairs of quality shoes that will outlive you than an entire closet of plastic and cardboard that will need replacing every year or two. You may feel free to disagree personally, but that is the stance of this blog and it’s not changing.
Oddly enough, I argued the same point back in 2002:
Confined to catalogs and specialty shops, neither of which is inclined to sell cheaply to their captive customers, I go to as little effort as possible to appear fashionable. The $19.99 pair of shoes, therefore, is an essential ingredient in the wardrobe. However, if you buy these things on a regular basis, you know there are hidden costs beyond twenty dollars and change. There is no real social stigma attached to them except in the snootiest circles, yet somehow you feel as though you have done a disservice to your feet. And three months later, when the shoes seem to be disintegrating with every step, you know it.
Then again, as a person of the male persuasion, I have never spent more than $120 on a pair of shoes, and if I spend that much, they’d better last a lot longer than three months.