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Crazy sandal prices

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by imageWIS, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    I'm sorry, but what kind of farcical insanity is this? Are they nuts? $310 for this? It's a pair of sandals. I don't care if they are Gucci. [​IMG] What about these Pradas for $175? Its just rubber. [​IMG] I mean, I might spend money on ridiculously over priced items (RLPL comes to mind) as the next guy, but there are limits. Hopefully, I am not alone here... Jon.
     
  2. kalra2411

    kalra2411 Senior member

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    Well if it makes you feel any better, they were on sale in Selfridges for 80 pounds.

    EDIT: The Gucci ones.
     
  3. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    I think Lattanzi's are over 500. [​IMG] koji
     
  4. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I have seen Yohji Yamamoto sandals for $1100.
     
  5. naturlaut

    naturlaut Senior member

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    No. Â US$700. Â And it comes with extra soles.
     
  6. Tom

    Tom Senior member

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    I have some shoes like those. I call them flip-flops. They cost me $3

    -Tom
     
  7. naturlaut

    naturlaut Senior member

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    And they probably last a life time too. Mine were passed down from my cousin, and later to my little sister. Not bad for outlasting three rough kids.
     
  8. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    (Tom @ 20 July 2004, 10:13) I have some shoes like those. I call them flip-flops. They cost me $3 -Tom
    And they probably last a life time too. Mine were passed down from my cousin, and later to my little sister. Not bad for outlasting three rough kids.
    And that's my whole point. I bought a $16 pair on sale for $7 at NM's and they are great, with a nice thin sole (but not too thin) and I have yet to see any signs of wear. Jon.
     
  9. MikeF

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    It's particularly ridiculous once you go to Thailand and see lovely and far more adventurous thong sandals EVERYWHERE for US$2.
     
  10. vero_group

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    Perhaps they are flip-flops for desperately insecure people who want people to notice the brand?
     
  11. Renault78law

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    Doh, do I have to be the first to admit it?  Very embarassing.
    Ok, I bought a pair of DSQUARED2 flip-flops for about $100.  Like 99% of my clothes, no visible label, I just really liked them.  Maybe I can save a little face...I ended up returning them.  But not because they were too expensive, but because I thought they were too flat, as in wouldn't have enough arch support for my flat feet.
    Call me crazy, but I wear flip-flops almost everyday, and it's hard to find something stylish.  Maybe "stylish" isn't the best word for flip-flops, but you know what I mean.  In any case, although far from justifiable, possibly excusable, since I would have gotten a lot of use out of them.  Flame on.

    edit: Come to think of it, the first designer anything I ever bought was a pair of Prada Sport sandals, GASP. LOL, I guess I haven't come as far as I'd like to believe.
    I dunno, I'm obsessed with sandals, I guess. Note that not all sandals are created equally...and I've worn a lot. IMO, the most durable sandal is no secret, Rainbow sandals. Worn by nearly every surfer alive. If you want to go cheap, I think the best are Locals, which I belive are only available in Hawaii. Excellent value.
     
  12. LabelKing

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    Why don't you wear actual shoes? There are plenty of stylish shoes.
     
  13. Renault78law

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    Heh, I know. I'd actually like to think I own a few pairs of stylish shoes, but reasonable minds can differ.
    As far as why? Man, this thread is making me do a lot of thinking for a Tuesday night, but I think I started wearing them in high school. Not only because I was/am extremely lazy, but also because I had either swim or water polo practice twice a day. Wearing sandals is a good alternative to wearing shoes because they help keep toes dry, preventing athlete's foot. Ok, not the greatest excuse, but that's all I got. Even now, I use the same excuse - I still workout probably close to twice a day, 6 days a week. If anyone on the board is an avid triathlete, you'd understand.
     
  14. vero_group

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    I think you may have some functional justification there...
     
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    Nothing extroadinary about paying $300 for Sandals. l do think that $300 U.S for Gucci sandals is alittle over the top. There is nothing wrong with paying over $300 [for sandals] if they are of good quality. l will pay $300 - $400 Aust for sandals. Look at the picture below (sorry about the messy picture); lt is a good year welted sandal from Laszlo Vass's book `Handmade shoes for men'. These would be around $800 - $1,000 U.S, maybe more. Don't know who makes this sandal: it looks girly but, in 110 degree weather l wouldn't knock them back. A pretty decent sandal l would say. [​IMG] We must buy good quality at all times possible. [​IMG]
     
  16. LA Guy

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    Hahahahahahahahahahahah. I can only assume that this is one of your wierd jokes. Those are probably some of the ugliest mandals I've ever seen - it doesn't matter if they were stitched by teeth by the best shoemakers out there. Besides, you Alan Flusser fans out there should know that a good shoemaker, like a good tailor, doesn't necessarily have good tastes - gentlemen do. Use your damn judgement. If you are going to wear sandals outside of the beach, get a pair of leather flip flops. Otherwise, wear a pair of Rainbows or Reefs for the pool and hanging out in your backyard. Eric, I could never understand (unless you live in Malibu or Hermosa, or Santa Monica,) why people in LA wear sandals at all. Your feet get completely grimy after about 5 minutes, and freeze everytime you go indoors. Lightweight sneakers always seemed, for me anyway, the way to go.
     
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    That would explain a lot if marc37 has been joking on his posts. I thought he had been serious.
     
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    Maybe l shouldn't get a pair of these handmade afterall. [​IMG]
     
  19. kalra2411

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    (marc37 @ 21 July 2004, 07:32) [​IMG]
    Maybe l shouldn't get a pair of these handmade afterall. [​IMG]
    The Guccis do look a lot better than those.
     
  20. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    It's not that I don't like the Prada sandals I picture, on the contrary I like them very much, but the price is not justified.

    Unlike like LV Lombok Loafers, which cost $475 (amore than they should), but are pretty well made, have fairly good leather (quite supple), have a well-designed rubber driver's sole and fit particularly well if you have a slightly narrow foot, and require smaller sizes.

    Thus, the price is more justified on the LV's than the Pradas.

    Jon.
     

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