I dont understand this either, you would think that because they are a lot more popular now, with economies of scale (unless the materials they are using have gone up in price substantially) that they would be able to charge less or at least continue to stay in the same price range. At first I really wanted the desert boot, but after seeing side shots of it, I wasn't that impressed. I'll stick with my achilles for now, I really want to try those W & H sneakers. For me and fat feet, achilles arent all that comfortable so hopefully the padded insoles in the WH sneakers will make my work days a lot easier. Well if they're made in Europe, the costs likely did go up simply because of the exchange rate. Regarding economies of scale, that would be true if CP was making enough shoes to meet demand, which they clearly aren't, because they want to keep prices artifically high by limiting supply in the interests of "exclusivity" Given that their other choice would probably be to sell out like Rag & Bone, it might not be a bad choice. That said, I think they could probably have released 50% more shoes and still sold them all at their asking price in their normal vendors, IIRC nearly all of the vendors only got one of each model in each size.