Carrie Bradshaw, you’ve finally met your match. Known for her affinity for shoes, the fictional Sex and the City actress was always strutting in designer heels fresh off the runway. But would a three-million dollar price tag make her do a double take? The House of Harry Winston’s created the Ruby Shoes for the 50th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and are the most expensive shoes in the universe to date boasting a mere $3,000,000 price tag. Just pocket change really.
While the majority of us don’t have the money to throw away on shoes that are worth more than a mortgage, it may help save money in the long-term to splurge a bit on an investment piece. When shopping for investment pieces, you should keep in mind what is trendy and what is timeless because the goal of the investment piece is to last for years without going out of style.
“You are either in your bed or your shoes, so it pays to invest in both.”
So what are the benefits to paying a little more for shoes from a small shop rather than opting for $30 pair from some fast-fashion chain retailer?
Ethics are stylish
Hello, green is so the new black. As conscientious consumers, we must consider the ethical impact of our purchasing decisions. Buying cheap fashion is supporting slave-like conditions for workers globally. The environmental impact of fast fashion is also cause for major concern. The environmental impacts of fast fashion range from chemicals used to produce textiles, which can pollute rivers and oceans, to high levels of both pesticide and energy use. Since most cheap clothing is made of polyester, this material can take up to 200 years to biodegrade. Lesser quality clothing items means more clothing in the landfills, Source: The Eco Guide
2. Quality that lasts
Shoesinitaly only sells the highest quality in Italian footwear made from materials such as suede, leather, eco-leather and thunit soles (see below for definitions). This higher quality guarantees that you will be able to slay in your elegant handcrafted shoes for years to come. Our shoe cobblers meticulously tend to every stitch and embellishment on your heels that will stand the test of time.
3. Timeless silhouettes
An investment piece means that you can spend more money on it because it is a quintessential item that never goes out of style. The combination of quality materials and timeless silhouettes ensures that you have an item you can relish in that never looks out of date. This brings us to our next point.
4. Polish your image
It’s surprising the difference a high-quality shoe makes in your overall appearance. A well-placed heel will pull together your look without calling too much attention to it. It’s a small detail that makes all the difference. Related story: I was wearing a pointed-toe kitten heel made from authentic snake skin and a car mechanic told me I had “cool shoes.” Now I call that a success!
Thunit or tunit: While leather is always a classy choice, it can be a material that’s difficult to maintain. Thunit is a less high-maintenance replacement for leather while still maintaining its elegant appeal. Thunit is a synthetic material that is similar to leather in its appearance. Compared to leather and rubber, it is more resistant to abrasion and more durable.
Eco-leather: Eco-leather is made with natural fibers such as flax or cotton mixed with palm, corn, soybean and other plant oils that are laminated together in layers to create something that looks and feels as if it came from an animal. And unlike real leather, which requires tanning — a process that releases potentially toxic materials into the environment — the materials in eco-leather are sustainable and produce a low carbon footprint.