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Manolo Blahnik vs. Stuart Weitzman: Are Designer Shoes Worth the Hefty Price?

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Consumer Reports recently wrote an article comparing two pairs of black pumps, a $500 pair by Manolo Blahnik and a $69 pair by Nine West.

According to the article, the Manolos were, in general, the better shoe, with better fabric, better construction, etc. This is 100% true. However, I think a better comparison would have been Manolos to shoes from a company like Stuart Weitzman. 

With prices in the $150-$200, Weitzman shoes aren’t cheap, but they’re far cheaper than a pair of Manolos. Having owned a pair of both (bought on sale of course), my Weitzmans were far more comfortable than my Manolos, just as stylish, Oh, and they cost about 50% less.

Here are five questions to ask yourself if designer shoes like Manolo Blahniks are worth the money.

How do those Manolo Blahniks feel when you walk?

No matter how “HOT” the shoe is, if you can’t walk in them, then you don’t need to buy them. Period.

When I go shoe shopping, I always put the shoes on and then walk around the carpeted floor of the shoe area for about five minutes. I do this even in Target. If the shoes still feels good, I keep them. If not, I toss them.

How does the fabric respond to the elements?

Here’s a quick test you can do to the display shoe to determine how the fabric of the shoe will hold up against basic wear and tear. Note: Don’t do this on a day you skipped the shower or went crazy with the Vaseline. You’ll stain the shoes. With that caveat, rub your finger on your skin and then rub the fabric on the shoe. Does the nap look instantly worn? Did your finger leave a print on the shoe?

What is the sole of that designer shoe made of?

Expensive shoes tend to have leather soles. Sadly, leather soles won’t last as long as wood or synthetic soles.

Does the heel feel stable?

The heel of the shoe should feel stable and connected to the main part of the shoe.

Does the designer shoe come with shoe bags?

If you’re paying major loot for a pair of shoes, the shoes should come with individual bags for the shoes.

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