As many of you know, I'm what I like to call a high low shopper, meaning I choose to splurge on certain pieces and pair with other pieces that aren't spendy. For example, this look is a Zara dress with Balenciaga booties. When it comes to splurging, I like to put my money to good use and buy shoes. Shoes are my drug of choice, in all honesty. Much to my husband's dismay, I believe in the quality of a pair of luxury designer shoes and the amount of time you can wear them.
Below, I'm giving you my tips for choosing a pair of luxury shoes as well as my designer shoe collection and their dupes that come at a more approachable price point. The other day, somebody DM'd me on Insta asking how I afford to shop luxury so often. My answer (if you missed it on my Instagram stories) isn't that exciting: I work in luxury fashion so I have a killer hook up. But most importantly, I buy shoes that I can use over and over and over again and that I really truly love. Check out my other tips here:
1) Fit is first and foremost. If your heel is slipping out of your sneakers or your pinky toe is hanging out of your sandals, find something else. You don't want to spend $1000 on something that looks cheap because it doesn't fit correctly. For example, my fellow shoe-loving sister has wide feet and we searched high and low for some flats or slides she could wear to her internship. We tried Gucci, Saint Laurent, and everything in between. When she decided that Chloe fit her best, she has never looked back and is now a massive Chloe fan. There is a shoe out there that fits you, you just have to find it.
2) Find a brand you love. There is something very comfortable with brand loyalty. When you find something good, why change? I personally have not yet found one brand that stands out above the rest but I can tell you, when it comes to shoes, I am a big Gucci fan. The silhouettes are hard to beat and they are always so comfy on me. Now whenever I am looking for shoes, Gucci is my first place I look.
3) If you are on a budget, don't buy into trends. You can never go wrong with a classic white sneaker, a pair of black booties, or a slide. You will continue to wear them season after season and aren't limited to one occassion. Invest in something you will use until the soles come off... and then you repair and wear them down again. Don't go all crazy on us and get these... I mean, unless you have the funds and you're into that sort of look... then by all means! If you aren't comfortable with paying a ton for a pair of shoes, check out my real vs steal below!