Shoesday Tuesday – How to Beat the System

Everything in fashion is a looped chain. Since almost no ideas are brand new ideas – designers look to the past for inspiration. New trends start at the very top – runway, couture, etc. Then season by season, things get repurposed, stream lined, and brought down a level on the money chain.

Everyone steals from everyone. It’s the law of the land. As long as you change 30% – you can’t get sued. That’s an actual rule.

Can’t afford that Zara dress? Wait a season – it’ll be at Urban Outfitters. Don’t want to pay Urban’s prices? Wait a season for Forever 21 to turn out their version. You’re going to lose some quality along the way – but in our country’s high shopping turn over rate it only makes sense to sacrifice quality for quantity.

In this vain – today I bring you some on trend shoe staples sitting comfortably at two notches on the fashion food chain. High end and low end. The designer versions might be a season old while the low end knock offs are most likely hot off the presses. Either way – this is how you beat the system, ladies.

High End On Trend Beauties ($500 and up)

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Get it: (upper left hand corner, heading clockwise) Wedge Boot – $550 karenmillen.com, Double Ankle T-Strap – $725 christianlouboutin.com, Gold Heel Ankle Boot – $689 bergdorfgoodman.com, Studded T-Strap Flat – $670 mulberry.com, Studded Loafer – $990 barneys.com, Ankle Strap Sandal – $735 modaoperandi.com

Low End Bargain Staples ($50 and below)

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Get it: (upper left hand corner, heading clockwise) Double Buckle Wedge Boot – $43 charlotterusse.com, Double Ankle T-Strap – $50 piperlime.gap.com, Glitter Heel Ankle Boot – $50 modcloth.com, Studded T-Strap Flat – $47 shopruche.com, Studded Loafer – $45 bakersshoes.com, Ankle Strap Sandal – $32 debenhams.com

Today’s IRL shoes come from one of my discount victories. $20 shoes are always right up my ally. Studded Oxford trend – check! And these babies are super comfortable – double check!

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