Shoegasm: The Most Outrageous and Expensive Shoes (and what you could buy with that money)
According to Elizabeth L. Kline, author of the new book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, most of the price is due to markup. “If you look at the cost of designer footwear, in many cases it’s doubled or tripled in the past decade,” she says. “There’s no corresponding increase in quality. In fact, in a lot of cases you’ve seen a reduction in quality. People should be shocked and disappointed in these companies for marking up their shoes the way that they do.”
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Here’s a look at five of the most over-the-top designer shoes available this summer—and what that money could buy instead.