Who isn’t mesmerized by the shoe floor at Neiman Marcus- Manolos, Louboutins and Choos- oh my!
While an Instagram worthy shoe closet is a goal for most of us- in reality at $600+ per pair, it doesn’t make much financial sense to fill a closet. However, it is worth your money to invest in quality shoes that compliment your wardrobe. Quality products are worth investing in, if you are willing to take the time to show respect by caring for your investment.
If you want to invest, here is where the standards are worthwhile - like a classic black or nude pump. With the proper care, you’ll be able to wear these gems for years, lowering your cost per wear. Additionally, a higher end shoe should be made with better leather, more realistic measurements (see below!) and in most cases, department stores will stand behind their product if something is completely awry with it after purchase.
Here are some tips to help you find a match made in heaven:
- Buy smart. You want your money’s worth. Buy a well made shoe that is easy to incorporate into your wardrobe. They should make you feel good both inside and out.
Size matters. A good salesperson should assist you with fit and let you know how much, if any, the shoe will stretch. Generally, you don’t want too much space between your heel and the heel of the shoe and leather will give slightly over time in the toe.
Height does too. On a quality pair of shoes, the height of the heel gets higher as the shoe gets larger. This is to protect the integrity of the shoe design. For longevity and use of the shoe, consider a slightly lower heel, especially if you wear a larger size.
Walk this way. Stroll the store and watch how you walk, making sure you are the master of the heel and not the other way around. Most importantly- make sure the shoes make you feel good wearing them!
Consider proposing. A stellar shoe is worth buying more than once. If you find you reach for your investment piece often, consider buying it in another color or material.
It’s not me, it’s you. Sometimes, the shoe just doesn’t fit. If you have any concerns over fit, feel, or incorporating the pair into your lifestyle- you must walk away from the purchase. The heartbreak of leaving the shoes will be minimal compared to the daily angst of seeing an impulse purchase sitting lonely in your closet.
A good relationship takes work- look for a future post to help you care for your new loves!