Ask Madame, Question #2 –
The other day, a good friend asked me the following question on one of my Instagram photos:
“How do you afford/budget for all of this amazing stuff?! Teach me your secrets!!”
The truth is, I rarely ever spend full price on designer items. I either buy them at a sample sale, or super discounted during the end of season sales.
My approach to shoe shopping is relatively simple— I set my budget, go in with a vague idea of what I’m looking for, and then I go from there. Since there tend to be a ton of items on sale, I browse with the options narrowed down to my size, favorite brands, and price range.
However, I tend to be a bit meticulous while choosing my investments. It’s my belief that when you’re splurging on designer shoes, your purchase should fit into one of two categories…
The Trophy Shoe
Completely impractical, but absolutely beautiful, the Trophy Shoe is only worn three times a year at most. The rest of the time it will be kept in a prime viewing position and appreciated as a piece of art. This shoe will become the crowning glory of your wardrobe. It will be kept in prime position for viewing year round.
Examples— These Alaia shoes that are 6 inches tall with absolutely no platform (anything from Alaia for that matter will certainly be the crown jewel of your wardrobe,) these Louboutin sandals, my Walter Steiger booties.
The Ride Or Die
The only way you will relinquish this shoe is if it is pulled off of your cold, dead foot. The opposite of the Trophy Shoe, the Ride Or Die, is a completely practical investment. It’s comfortable enough to wear on a daily basis and matches almost everything in your wardrobe. These shoes pass the “cost per use” equation with flying colors. This is a classic style of shoe that will last for several seasons, and you will continue to get them repaired until there is no more natural material to repair any longer.
Anything that doesn’t fit into these two categories is frivolous and should be passed over. If it’s not beautiful enough to be a work of art, but not comfortable enough to wear every day, drop it and walk away. If it doesn’t fit perfectly and isn’t worthy of being a glorified piece of art (shoe #1), return it.
Before I make the plunge, I tend to browse several sites, adding items to my cart and then revisit them later to make sure I have explored all of my options, and have found the best price possible.
For instance, this season I invested in these Chloe booties. They were already discounted 50%, then I waited to purchase until Farfetch had their additional 20% off sale. After that I received an additional 20% off on top of that from a voucher I had been saving. (You can read more about vouchers/the art of sale shopping in this article.)
Question answered? If not, feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll be more than glad to help you out!
In the meantime, shop some of my favorite designer picks that are currently on super sale…