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Splurging on Shoes

I'm Asking: Shoe Junkies, This One's For You

We all have our weaknesses, certain items that somehow speak to us more than others and have more wiggle room in terms of what we declare is a reasonable price. The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, right? Well, I, Savvy, am a Shoe Junkie (Junkess?). There have been shoes that have made me weak in the knees, even let out a little unexpected squeal of joy, but so far I've managed to keep my undying love for footwear under control and haven't put myself into any financial trouble.

So, when I came across this LA Times article titled "Manolo lovers feel financial pain at the pump," I was naturally drawn to it. The gist: "The glass slipper has shattered and consumers have resigned themselves to splurging. Case in point: You pick up a sandal and sigh with relief when it costs less than your monthly car payment. And those sale endorphins surge when you see $1,000 platforms marked down to $675."

Maybe shelling out that sale price is nowhere near some of our budgets, but what I'm asking is, to what extent have you resigned yourself to splurging? And what items are most likely to get you to splurge?

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Shoe-Smitten Shoe-Smitten 9 years
Shoes! I never spend more than $200, but man, there are some shoes that are so pretty and unique that I'd be tempted to spend the $500 to call them mine. In those cases, I'd save and then definitely splurge! I am a shoe addict.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
I am a total splurger. In addition to my $30 a paycheck Etsy budget, I am a total girly girl, so it's all about dresses and makeup for me! Also poetry volumes...yikes, no wonder I'm on this site:)
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I'm pretty good about not splurging. I also happen to live in an area where no one would even notice if you were wearing the newest Loubs so what is the point? I love shoes and purses and think they are gorgeous but I'm not going to spend that kind of money on something.
orisugar orisugar 9 years
I think even $100 for a pair of shoes is tooooo expensive. I normally pay max $60 for a pair of shoes and $80 for a pair of boots. I don't buy high end brands like Jimmy Choo or Monolo..because quite honestly I can't afford it. I stil to Aldo and Nine West. I spend alot on skin care products though because I don't want to compromise on my skin. But even then I don't shell out hundreds of dollars for a moisturizer. I paid $270 for my graduation dress and I thought that was ALOT! I will probably spend like $500 on my wedding dress
sundrops sundrops 9 years
Makeup. I usually only shop Sephora, but I feel like I get the most for my money and it last forEVER.
liz2925 liz2925 9 years
I only consider myself to be splurging when I know I shouldn't be spending the money but I do anyway. I love my LV bags and Cole Haan shoes and Yurman diamonds. Clothes I try to get on sale cause after one season I have to replace them.
gemsera gemsera 9 years
I'm the exact opposite. I have to buy something every weekend, but I barely spend a dime. I am a sucker for any kind of bargain, if the shoes are over £20 I rarely buy, I'd rather have two pairs of shoes for £20 than not even one!! I would love oneday to own some really nice manolos and I saw a Fiorelli handbag I just HAVE to go buy once my next paycheck comes in, but that was only £35... Just never got into the whole "spending hundreds of dollars" thing. I change my wardrobe three or four times a year and I'm not broke.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
Yea I have a problem with shopping PERIOD.
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I noticed that about H&M, too, Bella. Why is that?! I thought part of their draw was that they had such great prices. I don't really spend a lot shopping. My main splurges are going out to eat on the weekends.
joybarn joybarn 9 years
Splurging is different for different people. $90 for a pair of pumps is a splurge for me. $600?! Unfathomable.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
I splurge is spurts and its usually different ocd-in-the-moment splurges and not really one particular thing... but above all I'd have to say I splurge on make up the most.
okmaebe okmaebe 9 years
The women I work with laugh when I talk about my "giant splurges," and call it "baby spending." However, I buy at least one pair of excellently crafted sexy knee-high boots a year, and one supreme pair of heels. All my silly colorful shoes never cost more than $15, because I know I'll hardly wear them. I always have: two pairs of my favorite expensive jeans. One dark wash, one light wash. I carry one perfect, versatile handbag. I always have two pairs of prescription glasses (one ultra-professional, one fashionable) And I have two of my favorite black suit. If my clothes budget were bigger...I'd buy a car. (a Mini-Cooper) *grin*
SDTransplant SDTransplant 9 years
Clothes, shoes, handbags--I've splurged on them all. I love the clearance section at DSW and always spend more than I originally intended. But given the state of the economy and the fact that I'm shopping for a condo, I've reined in my spending this year and have been sticking closer to my budget. Sigh.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I'm a shoe and handbag whore - Thankfully my mom buys me 2 nice handbags a year for my b-day and for Christmas.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Fine jewelry. Right now, I'm having a love affair with blue sapphires.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I don't really "splurge" I just buy what I want.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
My BFF and I talk about this a lot. Lately we've been buying barely anything. H&M's prices have gone up — I'm not paying $60 for a dress that isn't made well — and I can't afford boutiques, either. I've been really into saving money lately, and most of the time, I wind up feeling *better* in the long run because I didn't buy something that I didn't need. That said, I would love a nice handbag. Maybe I'll find some crazy 90%-off sale?
princessjaslew princessjaslew 9 years
i've had to avoid because of my weakness for shoes!
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
I buy shoes and I'm not gonna stop. They will have to pry the shoeboxes from my cold little hands. I also love bags.
eej eej 9 years
Shoes and handbags are my downfall! But I am the queen of bargains. My best buys recently were a pair of Manolos (just like the Mary-Jane stilettos Carrie got in Vogue closet on SATC) and a pair of Prada loafers for $160 each. I don't usually spend quite that much on shoes, but I couldn't resist :)
socalgirl08 socalgirl08 9 years
Shoes, clothes, handbags, you name it. Shopping is my true weakness.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
i splurge on makeup/skin care and food.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
I have no problem splurging on food, mainly various baking ingredients, but I can't stop buying cheap clothes, even though I don't buy a lot of them. I swear I have some kind of psychological block when it comes to pricier (or, according to my bf, normally priced) clothing and shoes.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
I have been pretty good since I got married. Here and there I have some money to spend on shopping for me, my rule for the most part is dont spend anything over 50 on a single clothing item or pair of shoes. Oh! and I love Filene's Basement (employees excluded)
skigurl skigurl 9 years
my biggest splurges have been bags...the best was an $800 bag for 330$...i was shaking when i bought that...and my others were bopth 160$, down from 350$.... i have purchased $200 boots, but for shoes the max would be like $150 and my last major weakness is a leather can't have too many of those!
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