Recession-Proof Shoes

According to recent fashion week coverage by the New York Times, “Certain things are simply recession-proof.” Such as suede ankle boots wrapped in chains by French designer Isabel Marant. Retail price: $1,050.

Isabel Marant boots, as seen in New York Times

Isabel Marant boots, as seen in New York Times

Of course, not everyone can still (or ever could) shell out a grand for shoes (no matter how of-the-moment). The blog Style It Less started this year with a post on retail therapy with an eye toward bargain hunting: “When I stepped into the shoe section of T.J.Maxx … I saw this pair of Unlisted d’orsay bow peep-toe pumps with a $10 price tag and I was hooked.”

Style Bakery has another take on recession-proof footware: Go for timeless styles over trendy steals. The site notes these shoe styles among it’s list of “Seasonless Wardrobe Additions”: The Ballet Flat (“wear this style on all but the coldest days of the year”) and the Peep Toe Pump (“whether worn with tights or bare legs, the peep toe pump is an all-season favorite”).

Colorblock platforms from Charlotte Russe

Colorblock platforms from Charlotte Russe

The same Web site also included these bargains among it’s list of “Spring Wardrobe Additions You Can Afford”: Colorblock Platform Pumps for $24.99 at Charlotte Russe, and Lifestride‘s $49.99 faux-snakeskin Women’s Murphy sandal.

Along the same “a penny saved is a penny earned” line of thinking, blog Farnoosh.tv posted a post-Fashion Week article on how to “Recession-Proof Your Shoe Closet” with tips about using cobblers, online deals and consignment finds.

Christian Louboutin for Rodarte

Christian Louboutin for Rodarte

But for all the sage advice on maintaining a shoe collection despite a dwindling bank account, there’s something heartening about a luxe line like Marant’s selling out. Fashion blog Jak & Jil trumpets the ever-evolving architecture of high-end heels, often accessible only to those in the fashion business. Drool over recent posts in the ShoeGazing files, including these fierce, spiked iterations from Christian Louboutin for Rodarte.


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