Fashion & Beauty

Shoe Economics

Manolo Blahnik’s Hangisi (2.8-inch heel) crystal-embellished satin pumps, $995, saksfifthavenue.com.

TWO WEDDINGS at the end of this month gave me license to buy a new swanky dress. But then I decided I needed a new pair of shoes, too, because the black silk frock needed a little oomph. The only drawback was that the rhinestone-embellished, mid-high-heel shoes I saw that I wanted were selling for $995 a pair. (That’s what the ones from Manolo Blahnik and other high-end shoe designers were averaging.)

Emily Black Pearl Pump ((3.5-inch heel) with gold pearl detailed bow. $895, emymack.com.

Even in Pittsburgh at a Emy Mack, a store I frequent where the prices are mostly in a reasonable range, the ones with bling at the toes were in the $800-plus category. To amortize the cost, I’d have to wear those shoes a lot. And who has so many black-tie events? And, really, fashion wags to the contrary, I wasn’t going to wear such fancy footwear with jeans.

Something Bleu’s Brinsley kitten heel with crystal embellishment. $368, simplysoles.com.

I browsed more wallet-friendly sites like online-only Simply Soles and then Lord & Taylor. Both had some choices in the  $200-$400 range. But because I happened to be in Annapolis, Maryland, with some boating pals on a cool, rainy day at the end of August, I suggested we go to the discount shoe stores in the mall, namely DSW and Nordstrom Rack.

 

Kurt Geiger London’s Pia Embellished Satin Kitten Heels, $185, lordandtaylor.com.

I struck out at Nordstrom Rack and after an endless round of trying shoes on and not finding the “one” at DSW, my friend pointed out a pair of black satin kitten heels. They were so comfortable (I could dance!). I could overcome the plain Jane of them with a blingy shoe clip, my friends advised (or maybe I concluded on my own).

Finally, my shoes with sparkly toes for $64. / photo by Janet Kelly.

When I returned home I searched on Etsy, where there were plenty of glittery choices. The twinkly bow-shaped ones I liked were sold out, but the owner of Etsy shop Pompees said she could make me a pair that would be ready in a few weeks. They arrived yesterday. I even got a discount because I had to wait a longer time than she initially promised. Cost: $29 for rhinestone clips. Shoe cost: $35. Grand total: $64. See the photo and let me know what you think in the comments. I’ve also included photos of the other much more spendy choices.
—Janet Kelly
MyLittleBird often includes links to products we write about. Our editorial choices are made independently; nonetheless, a purchase made through such a link can sometimes result in MyLittleBird receiving a commission on the sale, whether through a retailer, an online store or Amazon.com.


6 thoughts on “Shoe Economics

  1. Nancy G says:

    I remember that shopping trip! And I love the shoe jewelry you found. Perfect.

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      A great way to get around spending far too much $$$.

  2. Love those twinkle toes! ❤️

  3. Carol says:

    LOVE DSW and this article. I think I would be hard put to spend hundreds on one pair even if I was a millionaire 🙂 as I’m so hard on shoes. I also try Marshall’s with sometime success. Good for Mary 😉

  4. Renée says:

    The shoes and clips are beautiful! What is the brand of the shoe you purchased?

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      It’s called Abella. Got them at DSW in Annapolis.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.