The Case for Expensive Shoes
Scrimping and saving tend to become art forms during bleak economic times. But many cost-conscious consumers cling to a short list of must-haves that are worth purchasing no matter the price — or the day's final numbers on Wall Street.
High-quality shoes should make the cut every recession.
That doesn't mean you need to drop $900 on a pair of Esquivels. (Although you better believe those hand-crafted beauties are going to outshine and outlast the $20 bargain basement pair at the nearby shoe emporium.)
But opening your wallet once to purchase a great pair of shoes can save you from having to go back to the well — sometimes just months later — to replace poorly made products. This is almost always about function over fashion, although with shoes, like most things, you often get what you pay for when it comes to aesthetics. (See also: 5 Ways to Get Discounted Designer Shoes Without Using eBay)
Here's a few more incentives to never skim on footwear.
Cheaply-made shoes just aren't comfortable. Much of the cost of shoes goes to material, and much of that material is between the ground and the person wearing the shoe. If you wear your shoes day in and day out (which you can do with a quality pair), make sure that you buy a well-made, high-quality shoe. Your feet will thank you.
In the long run, wearing a well-crafted shoe each day for several years is much less expensive than wearing a series of cheaper shoes for less time. Sure, the upfront cost is slightly more, but you'll wear a better quality shoe for substantially longer than a poor quality shoe, and you'll get more wear from them simply because you'll want to put them on. When you shop, look for a classic design that will be in style for years — your shoes may very well last that long.
Speaking of fashion, more expensive shoes tend to come in classic styles that will be in fashion for years to come. Sure, there are always those trendy outliers, but overall, the shape, colors, and style of a higher quality shoe will endure for years, giving you plenty of use. In contrast, lower quality shoes are generally designed for short-term use and are geared toward the trend of the moment, rendering them quickly unstylish when the trend passes.
You should certainly hunt for a deal whenever possible, but don't be surprised if one is hard to come by. There just aren't a lot of Ferragamo coupons in the Sunday advertisements.