Yes, prices are high, but what can you do? Stop buying? As if ;p My willpower is non-existant when it comes to shopping. That said, there are certain brands which i will not buy because the prices are outrageous when you consider the quality of their products. As I've gradually become more in-tune with what to look for in terms of quality, i find myself making much smarter buying decisions. I always ask myself two questions. 1) Will it last? 2) Is it a reasonable price to pay? The second question is obviously subjective and dependant on your financial circumstances. However, even with a lot of money to spend, there's no need to be wasteful. Certain brands are most definitely a waste of money and I steer clear of them
BTW, does anyone know what duty on italian clothing is in the US? It's 18% in Canada (it's built in to the price, obviously), yet it definitely feels (I haven't been able to directly compare items) like i'm paying less for italian clothing in montreal than I would in NYC. It probably has more to do with the cost of renting retail space, come to think of it.. Anyway, make your decisions on a per-item basis and don't worry about it. Personally, I won't spend more than $400 on a pair of shoes. That said, I feel a lot better paying 400 for a great pair of shoes, than i do paying 175 for a pair of mid-range shoes that I know aren't of the same quality. When it comes to shoes, i think you're better off going high-end. They last longer, look better, and are often much more comfortable. The stuff in the mid-range (kenneth cole, etc.), really isn't worth the price imo. I remember my first pair of kenneht coles.. They were stiff and they tore my feet apart. The day after I bought them i could barely walk cause the blisters were so bad.