The $14,000 Boots

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s internet friends has sent the Manolo the link to the article in the Forbes Magazine about the most expensive shoes for the womens.

Market analysts are keenly aware of the trend toward extravagant shoe-spending. “Footwear has become a fanatical purchase for even those women who never had a footwear fetish before,” says Marshal Cohen, chief analyst at The NPD Group. “Apparel is no longer the highest priority in women’s wardrobes: handbags and footwear have become the signature items used to project personal taste, wealth and style.”

Cohen estimates that shoes costing $1,000 and up account for less than 1% of total women’s fashion footwear sales (fashion footwear is defined as anything other than athletic), but he acknowledges a growing group of women willing to pay more for their shoes now than they ever have been before. “It changed as early as a year-and-a-half ago but picked up steam in the past six months. Women consider footwear their signature item now.”

Indeed, it is exactly as the Manolo has been saying for many of the years now, it is the feetwears that matter the most.

So, why are the expensive shoes so costly?

“When we’re talking about shoes at $14,000, it’s the materials,” says Michael Fink, senior fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. “Leather and the pattern and type of wood they’re using, the jewels, are the beads hand done, how rare are the feathers–because a lot of shoes with feathers are using feathers that can’t be gathered anymore, from the archives of the couture feather houses. “Roger Vivier shoes have a specific curved heel, and the way it is attached to the footbed is very mechanical and difficult, so you’re paying for engineering, too,” Fink says.

Randall has seen firsthand how using the priciest materials can drive up the cost of a shoe. “Most beautifully made shoes are from Italy. The master craftspeople are there, and Italian leather is the best leather in the world.”

Mmmm, italian leather.

What does the $14,000 shoe look like?

Like this.
The $14,000 Boot

This it is the alligator boot from the maestro Manolo Blahnik. Magnificent, no?

To the mind of the humble Shoeblogger, the costliness it is perfectly justified.

Of the course, not every expensive boot is worth the price.

24 Responses to “The $14,000 Boots”

  1. furlagirl December 21, 2005 at 4:25 pm #

    People think nothing of spending £4000 on a watch or a fur coat (far, far more for a fur) because they consider them lifetime items. Boots like these, of such fine quality, fall into the same category. They’re really beyond fashion, and even if they went out of style for a few years, they would come back in. I’m using my late mother’s 1950s and 1960s handbags, which people recognise as vintage, but they are still beautiful. No-one is going to go on the subway wearing these, and anyway, they can be resoled if necessary. So they should really last a lifetime.

    My only kvetch is the overall spiky discomfort, but then I have comfort issues, which I really need therapy to get over.

  2. Annalucia December 21, 2005 at 5:11 pm #

    Hola to the furlagirl (the Elder of Zion, correct? When are you going to send out your agents to deal with Mister Iranian Crazyman, please?) and the Annalucia begs her not to attempt to get over “the spiky discomfort”. This is a commonsensical reaction emitted by your brain in defense of your feet and legs, of which you have only one pair. Do not risk them on such ankle-twisting monstrosities, no matter how beautiful the leather and how sleek the styling.

    (The Annalucia would like these boots better if the leather were smooth, and if the height of the heel were no more than two inches. Still, she would not buy them. The Tedesco is a tolerant man when it comes to spending for clothes, but he is also a man who will wear the same pair of shoes for ten years, through many re-solings, and the fourteen-hundred-dollar boots might well cause him severe atrial fibrillation.)

    And from the article: FEATHERS? Is there a designer who is putting feathers on boots? The Annalucia hopes that this designer is supplying the trade for the re-enactors of the seventeenth century. Otherwise she is going to have to go lie down awhile.

  3. furlagirl December 21, 2005 at 5:23 pm #

    Be assured that the Elders are on to this task. We have successfully diverted his attention away from matters Jewish

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,12858,1671775,00.html

    On your other subject, one of our Elders is wearing a jacket he bought in an army surplus store in Manhattan in 1970 while down from Boston on some Vietnam demonstration. Now domiciled in London, he recently returned there to buy a replacement garment which is under plastic covers in the closet, ‘for best.’

  4. VeddyVeddyBadAng December 21, 2005 at 5:24 pm #

    No way would I EVER pay $14,000 for a pair of boots. (That’s a good used car, for cryin’ out loud!) I cannot tell that these boots are worth a fraction of that price. Maybe $500, $1000 tops (which if you ask me, is extremely expensive!). Of course I realize these shoes are not meant for the middle-class person like myself. Only persons of wealth would be able to afford these. I guess it is good to see what the pinnacle of quality is, though.

  5. Pablo December 21, 2005 at 5:33 pm #

    Why put a price tag on looking good if you do not need to?

  6. The Scarlett December 21, 2005 at 7:14 pm #

    These are boots not meant for the masses. Since a croc Birkin sold at auction for $64,800, $14,000 for ‘gator Blahnik boots doesn’t seem out of the question. They will sell every pair they make.

    Sadly, they won’t be featured on my own feet. But a girl can dream and these boots are the stuff of dreams.

  7. a December 21, 2005 at 9:59 pm #

    There is no ground that is worthy of being walked on by such boots. Can you imagine these boots clicking along on the same pavement that everyone else walks on? These boots deserve to walk.. well honestly I can’t think of a single event or place that is deserving of this boots’ presence. And how can you wear something on your foot that costs the same as a new Saturn? I don’t care how “cheap” a Saturn is – it’s still a car. And no boot should ever cost more than a new car. God, this is extravagence in it’s most extreme form, and I think it’s ridiculous and selfish. That being said, they are beautiful. But the price tag is beyond comprehension.

  8. megaera December 22, 2005 at 12:45 am #

    S’ the alligator. Blahnik has…a thing for alligator, and despite the fact that sometimes I see one on I-10 as road kill, to get enough nice skin for a pair of boots seems to be astronomical, price-wise.

  9. divina lucilla December 22, 2005 at 3:01 am #

    i think they are absolutely fantastic.
    I love Manolo Blahnik, he is like Willy Wonka!

  10. Tiberia December 22, 2005 at 8:19 am #

    Alligator? Really? Ummmmm….I don’t think I could wear that. But they’re quite nice to look at!

  11. Texasexile December 22, 2005 at 9:56 am #

    Those are the most beautiful boots that I have ever seen. I wonder how many they made . . . . .

  12. Apollonia December 22, 2005 at 1:25 pm #

    These are the boots of perfection, and one of the first purchases I’d make if I were to hit lotto.

  13. tigg December 22, 2005 at 2:15 pm #

    Why are Vuitton boots so ugly? If you look at the Forbes slideshow the boots after the Manolo boots are from Vuitton and they look… ugh.

  14. gidget bananas December 22, 2005 at 3:01 pm #

    The Gidget can remember when it was said that “the cocaine, it is God’s way of saying you have too much of the money.” At the dawn of the 21st Century, it is the boots and the status handbags that send that message, more for the rest of us than the wearer. Who, no doubt, has still to deal with the cocaine.

  15. shoelover December 22, 2005 at 8:30 pm #

    That will look great in the new boot boxes we are bringing out

  16. wichitagirl December 24, 2005 at 1:58 am #

    That boot looks like something the Borg Queen would wear.

  17. rascoagogo December 24, 2005 at 3:21 pm #

    These are truly beautiful boots–quite possibly the lovliest I’ve seen. Not something I will ever be likely to afford, but if someone wanted to buy them for me… The materials are very expensive, and the craftsmanship is certain to be unsurpassed. Why can’t people see this as a piece of art or sculpture that can be worn? That’s what they are, after all. A few (several?) years ago, the last page item in Vogue was a croc 3/4-length trench in the most gorgeous brown that was between cognac and chocolate. Exquisite enough to make me a little weak in the knees, and not because of the (gasp!) $39,000 price tag. It’s cut out and glued into the book of beautiful things that make me happy to see. These boots might come out of the FYI and into the book too. Gotta have a matched set, you know.

  18. Anonymous December 25, 2005 at 12:31 am #

    and naturally you need the matching crocidile birkin bag to complete the ensemble!

  19. British Adventuress December 25, 2005 at 2:29 pm #

    rascoagogo asked:

    “The materials are very expensive, and the craftsmanship is certain to be unsurpassed. Why can’t people see this as a piece of art or sculpture that can be worn?”

    Well, because alligators are endangered. Because it’s offensive to wear animals like that. Because folks aren’t wearing gloves made from babies. Seriously, do you guys get how offensive these boots are?

  20. AskMom December 26, 2005 at 1:06 am #

    AskMom is always in favor of anything that brings beauty to the world. Those who want and can afford these boots, will buy them. Those more humbly funded who nonetheless admire their glorious style will benefit just from seeing them.

    And to the previous poster, this is a FASHION BLOG, not a PETA training session. Even if you had your facts right, and you do not, rants such as this change nothing and convince no-one. Since you obviously have time to spare, perhaps you could consider a job, some schooling or volunteering your services to the less fortunate? Those experiences will help you mature, and when you do, Manolo could help you assume the dress and deportment a civilized person.

  21. British Adventuress December 26, 2005 at 9:39 am #

    Much like you, AskMom, I was just responding to a post which asked the question “why?” And yeah, I get that this is a fashion blog. Or, I guess, FASHION BLOG. However, I don’t think that any personal interest should be devoid of ethics. And I think that wearing animal skins is irresponsible.

    I’m curious which facts you think I’ve gotten wrong. According to the Endangered Species Act, the American Alligator is listed as threatened. In fact, alligator/crocodile species around the world are threatened due to loss of habitat and poaching. So it obviously wasn’t this fact that I got wrong.

    Is it offensive to wear animal skins? I guess that’s really a matter of personal ideaology rather than a fact. It’s not like I’ve spent my whole life wearing animal-friendly clothing; I’ve owned leather shoes before. I make different choices now. And I guess since we can manufacture so many faux things, I don’t see why we need to resort to killing animals — especially threatened and endangered animals — just to wear them on our feet.

    Maybe the fact I got wrong is that the shoes aren’t really made of alligator skin at all. Maybe they are faux. It doesn’t say it anywhere. If that is the case, then you are right: I got my facts wrong. I was mistaken.

    Finally, I say that “folks aren’t wearing gloves made of babies.” This, I guess, was mostly wishful thinking — it’s my hope, rather than a known fact, that folks aren’t wearing babies as gloves. Sure, Jonathan Swift joked about it during the Irish Famine — but I don’t know that any factories sprung up because of that fact. And maybe *that’s* where you got me, AskMom: maybe *that’s* the fact I got wrong. Maybe folks all over are wearing babies as gloves. Maybe it’s the hep new thing. If that’s the case then you are right; I was wrong. I got my facts all facockt.

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