When it comes to the fickly world that we live in, every girl is trying to get her hand on the latest Chanel, Balenciaga, Balmain, and Fendi. I am the last person to sit there and judge you for what you want in your closet. But at the same time, I also tend to hate people who only spend their money at Old Navy, Banana Republic and the oh so infamous Zara. Now before you get crazy let me just explain what I mean.
Say you want to get a pair of basic ballet flats or everyday work shoes for you men. I am the person who would rather spend the money and get a good pair, whether it be from a Ferragamo or Gucci or even a Valentino. While many other would decide to just get themselves a cheap pair from Banana Republic, Aldo, Steven or whatever the brand that they could just pay a fraction of the price for. However what some people never look at is, how long will these things last you? So take a step back and think about this.
I had a friend of mine, her name will be Karen, who decided to buy herself a nice pair of Alexander Wang booties that ran her about $450. She's had her shoes for about 3 or 4 years now. The only thing that she has done for the shoes has been to get it shined occasionally but for the most part, she likes the rugged look it has over time.
Now I have another friend of mine who we'll call Janice, who also loves the Alexander Wang shoe but didn't want to spend the money on them. Janice did the next best thing she could do, purchase a pair from Zara, which was a good knock off for $80. I like Zara as much as the next person, however I do know what I am paying for, while others don't. Would you believe that after a few months, the shoes were scuffed beyond belief because the quality of leather was sub par. Within less than a year she has already replaced them for another knock off. Just keep in mind that is now $160 in a year for the same shoe.
So let's think about this, by the time Karen,who bought the original Wangs, wouldn't have spent as much as the friend who ends up paying more trying to keep with the look. Within 3 years, Janice has spent the same amount, if not more, getting shoes when she could've saved up for the pair she wanted. So when I look at buying certain shoes, I already know what to expect. Think of every purchase as an investment. Yes you will do repairs here and there but nothing major.
I sometimes get asked how do I have money for some of the things I have, and the answer is that I just save and watch the items I want. For example, Stella shoes that I have been eyeing for months that I keep getting compliments is one of those things. I had been staring at them and found out what it would come down to. I've asked every single person that has them what are the pros and cons of the shoes. So now that I have them, I am not surprised by anything.
So here's for all of you that have the expensive taste but the Food Stamp Budget, if it's worth it to you, investigate and save for it! You can even use my post from Clean Out Closet Pt.1 and Pt.2 to figure out what shoes you should starts spending your money and go up from there.