Ridiculous Shoegasms Made More Affordable

by Meredith on November 5, 2012

in Style & Beauty

Confession: I’m a shoe horse.

I love shoes, and I’m very open about my shoegasms (these are like orgasms, only better). Trying on shoes is way more fun that trying on jeans because I never leave the store in tears, and I can always find something that fits.

In my quest for birthday shoes, I came across some extremely expensive and completely drool-worthy shoes. Maybe these shoes aren’t expensive for you, but if I could buy an iPad or make my house payment, or buy a pair of shoes… iPads and house payments win every single time.

Ridiculously Expensive

I am very hard on all my shoes. It would kill me to spend this much money on these fancy boots, just to scuff them up while chasing after my kids. For $1,100, these things had better give me a foot massage and a happy ending.

[amazon_link id="B006LPSKGE" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Ralph Lauren Women’s Sachi Boot[/amazon_link]
Price: Amazon for $1,100 

More Affordable Version

These may or may not be real leather, but they do come with the option of ordering them in a wide calf. For $59, you can’t really go wrong, right? And they still have the buckle detail, something I loved about the expensive pair.

[amazon_link id="B005H19SNW" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Comfortview Kayleigh Boot[/amazon_link]
Price: On Sale at Amazon for $59

Or if you want real leather, which sometimes we do, check out this pair (also available in a wide calf):

[amazon_link id="B007R110AE" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Etienne Aigner Women’s Chip Wide Riding Boot[/amazon_link]
Price: $118 at Amazon

Ridiculously Expensive

All that glitters is very in style this season, but even on sale, these beauties cost a pretty penny.

[amazon_link id="B008VWBGPW" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]BCBG Max Azria Women’s Prish Dress Shoes[/amazon_link]
Price: On Sale at Amazon for $249

More Affordable Version

Notice the heel. The heel is still bright gold, just like the more expensive pair. You save $200 by choosing the shoe with the pointed toe. And let’s face it, pointed toes are hot.

[amazon_link id="B000T8BVGU" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]The Highest Heel Women’s Glitzy Pump[/amazon_link]
Price: $43 at Amazon

Ridiculously Expensive

These are very expensive Mary Jane flats. And to tell you the truth, I don’t think they are very cute. Do you?

[amazon_link id="B00131FLA4" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]FootThrills Women’s Tasha Mid Heel Shoes[/amazon_link]
Price: $101 from Amazon

More Affordable Version

Okay, so we can all agree that this pair is much cuter, and they are really leather at half the price! I call this a win-win.

[amazon_link id="B004YZO58U" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Ros Hommerson Women’s Chaps Mary Jane Pump[/amazon_link]
Price: $49 at Amazon 

Ridiculously Expensive

Even if we would fall on our face trying to walk in them, we must put these shoes in this article, simply because they are fantastic.

[amazon_link id="B006JJZGLE" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Giuseppe Zanotti Women’s Platform Pump[/amazon_link]
Price: $850 at Amazon 

More Affordable Version

These shoes are still going to be insanely difficult to walk in, but they will look perfect with your holiday party dress.

[amazon_link id="B008GHM2NM" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Fourever Funky Black Satin Bow Shoes[/amazon_link]
Price: On Sale for $26 at Amazon

Ridiculously Expensive

Shut. The. Front. Door. I covet these boots. You guys didn’t think we’d really talk about shoes without talking about cowboy boots, did you?

[amazon_link id="B0037W4Y4G" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Old Gringo Grace Boot[/amazon_link]
Price: $441 at Amazon 

More Affordable Version

These boots still have the red and black detail. And? Ding! Ding! Ding! They come in a wide calf version!

[amazon_link id="B007ZQJLHU" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Grazie Women’s Brenton Boot[/amazon_link]
Price: $84 at Amazon 

Ridiculously Expensive

Be still, my heart. I typically loathe flats, but these are adorable.

[amazon_link id="B009T4I3RU" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Fendi Pride & Prejudice Ballerina Flat[/amazon_link]
Price: $565 at Amazon 

More Affordable Version 

Dare I say these ballet flats are equally adorable? Yes, yes I dare say so.

[amazon_link id="B007OWZTKS" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Michael Antonio Pistol-Pat Flat[/amazon_link]
Price: $49 at Amazon

So what do you think? Is it worth it to spend a ton of money on shoes? Or are you like me and are happy with the less expensive versions?

Tawny November 5, 2012 at 10:12 am

I love a good bargain, but I will say my Bass flats that cost $100 vs my $20 Target pair are more comfortable and you can definitely tell which will last longer. I tend to spend more money on classic items that have stylish staying power. For trends I tend to go the cheaper route.

Rachel November 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

Those black satin bow shoes are ADORABLE. And $26?!?! You can’t beat that.

I like your bargain riding boots better than the $1100 pair. I have a pair of knee high faux leather boots I had to have my sister track down at a Kohls in South Dakota (I live outside DC) because I couldn’t find them anywhere around here or online in my size. Totally worth it. Every time I wear them, I get compliments.

Meredith November 5, 2012 at 11:32 am

I loved that they come in wide calf. I have been cursed, with a wide calf.

Jess November 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

I, also and a shoeaholic…only my weakness is cowboy boots! I would totally pay that much for the Old Gringo boots…that’s cheap compared to what I’ve spent on some others I own! It’s totally worth the splurge sometimes just to have people gush over your footwear and know they’ll probably never drop that much to have their feet identical to yours! :)

Meredith November 5, 2012 at 11:32 am

I totally asked my mom to buy those for me for my birthday. I LOVE the Old Gringo boots. I just can’t bring myself to spend that much on them – but she totally should!

Adria November 5, 2012 at 11:53 am

Ya’ll would HATE me…I wear the same pair of $20 black flats from Target pretty much every day of my life. I do love shoes, but 1) spending the money is not usually worth it to me (and by money I mean more than about $50 seems crazy to me) and 2) Comfort always beats fashion for me.

Sara Holtsberry November 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I am in the market for new Cognac boots…I really wish there were reviews on the Comfortview Kayleigh Boot! These are all great find though.

Bonny November 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

There are reviews for them at womanwithin.com. They seem to have pretty good reviews!

Mary November 5, 2012 at 9:41 pm

The older I get, the more I’m willing to spend on a quality shoe that’s comfortable. I save pennies buying my fancy jeans at Nordstrom Rack, pick up cheap tops at Target but splurge on my Fluevogs.

Nuala Reilly November 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm

OMG Meredith!! I already have a shoe problem…
My shoedazzle account is active, I have a closet full of shoes and yet, I STILL WANT MORE. I’ve never been into bags but the shoes…sheesh. Especially cute and sexy heels. Imma have to check a couple of these out. I thank you, my visa probably does not. :-)

Andrea November 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

The glitter capped heels are fab and honestly those would be so easy to DIY with tape, mod podge, and martha glitter.

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