Originally Posted by DWFII
The question, and the assumptions that inform it, are so absurd as to be meaningless. A $500.00 pair of shoes barely rises above the mundane, particularly when it comes to quality and those ineffable and, for some people, unknowable refinements that are associated with "style." If paying $500.00 for a pair of shoes becomes a test of pinch-penny prudence then abandon all thought of rib-eye steaks or single malt Scotch; Aran sweaters, shell buttons, quarter-sawn oak...etc.. See you at McDonald's.
Exactly my thoughts. I love how there are penny pinchers on here complaining that someone in the B&S section is selling a $300 tie for $100. Do these people never eat out? Is $100 really that important to them? I'm not by any means wealthy, but I appreciate good food and drink, travel, nice hotels, car racing, good shoes etc and I still save over 20% of my salary for retirement. Could I be saving that money for other things? Sure, but what? I know what I like and I enjoy my life now. Why live your entire life for when you are old? For those who obviously can't afford $500 shoes, good meals, or buying new clothes, stop spending all of your time on SF and figure out how to make some money! The argument that billionaires do it means nothing to me as they are out running their empires not discussing the merits of $500 shoes.