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Net worth before you can "afford" $500 shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Reevolving, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. LanceW

    LanceW Senior member

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    After being fed up with the construction quality of Alden, I began buying only RTW and MTO EG, G&G and JL.

    My income is not sufficient enough to allow purchasing low quality goods.
     
  2. Loathing

    Loathing Senior member

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    But in the end, it's a level of awareness which makes $200.00 shoes seem far more un-"affordable" than $500.00 shoes.

    Really interesting post overall: I think you and I are on the same wavelength.
     
  3. w.o.e.is.me.

    w.o.e.is.me. Senior member

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    See you at McDonald's.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. linds_15

    linds_15 Senior member

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    i get what the op was trying to get at, just think that there is no possible answer

    if my disposable income a year is 10,000 but i vacation with a family of 4 every year i probably wont be buying 500$ shoes, but if its 10,000 and im single with a one bedroom and like buying shoes then id probably grab a bunch of pairs at 500. ever seen the guys that collect air jordans? most pay top dollar for them because its a hobby so they "save" for that specefically, net worth has nothing to do with it
     
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    mr monty Senior member

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    Many times you can buy $500 shoes for less than $100. Anyway, the question is total bullsh*t[​IMG]
     
  6. ktrp

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    For young people, income is certainly the reasonable driver, not net worth, especially if you are buying a business wardrobe.

    If you are young and just landed 200k job that's going to rise to 500k, and you need an instant wardrobe, I wouldn't necessarily think dropping 5k on shoes/clothes would be unreasonable even if you had negative net worth (go student loans!)

    I also think a pair of $500 shoes is more reasonable then an ipad. I'm still wearing shoes I bought 10 years ago, I'm not using many electronic devices that are over 36 months old.
     
  7. linds_15

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    For young people, income is certainly the reasonable driver, not net worth, especially if you are buying a business wardrobe.

    If you are young and just landed 200k job that's going to rise to 500k, and you need an instant wardrobe, I wouldn't necessarily think dropping 5k on shoes/clothes would be unreasonable even if you had negative net worth (go student loans!)

    I also think a pair of $500 shoes is more reasonable then an ipad. I'm still wearing shoes I bought 10 years ago, I'm not using many electronic devices that are over 36 months old.


    100% agree with this. especially the ipad part, people dont think of electronics as investments because they obviously will be obsolete shortly after, but a good pair of shoes that last, well then i wouldnt really look at it as "expensive" at 500, when what you get out of them will be worth every penny
     
  8. Reevolving

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    and yet, I have the sense and sensibility to recognize quality--.
    And the ability to drop Jane Austen references. [​IMG]
     
  9. jrd617

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    Net worth before you can "afford" to wear a freshly cleaned shirt every day so that you don't have to go this route? [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    And the ability to drop Jane Austen references. [​IMG]
    Not so much Jane Austen as a fair vocabulary, a determination to speak and write with some degree of literacy...and a working concept of "sensibility"--a word I use frequently and with "malice aforethought."
     
  11. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    For the record, I ate at McDonald's today. No one seemed to notice my shoes.
     
  12. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Not so much Jane Austen as a fair vocabulary, a determination (in a world of sound-bite attention spans and 140 character Twit limits) to speak and write with some degree of literacy...and a working concept of "sensibility"--a word I use frequently and with "malice aforethought."
    FTFM
     
  13. Loathing

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    ^^^
    Those words are unfortunately undermined by the grammatically incorrect full stop.
     
  14. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    For the record, I ate at McDonald's today. No one seemed to notice my shoes.
    Are you surprised? Hurt? Secretly gratified?
     
  15. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Are you surprised? Hurt? Secretly gratified?

    Delighted by the new sweet chili McNugget sauce.
     
  16. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    ^^^ Those words are unfortunately undermined by the grammatically incorrect full stop.
    Well I did say "some degree". I am a shoemaker not an English professor. I am not even all that well read...I've never read Jane Austen, for instance. So please detail my mistake so that I may avoid repeating it.
     
  17. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Delighted by the new sweet chili McNugget sauce.
    [Smack, Smack] That sounds like dinner.
     
  18. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    ^^^ Those words are unfortunately undermined by the grammatically incorrect full stop.
    Oh! I get it...the period after the "aforethought". I have never gotten that straight in my head...until now. Thanks.
     
  19. Fraiche

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    People who have these kind of standards for inanimate objects are merely trying to stroke their own ego.

    It's just shoes man. If you like it and can afford it, you buy it. It's pretty damn simple.

    To guys, $500 for shoes might appear to be a lot of money but for a chick, that's a shitty handbag.
     
  20. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    It's not that much for a pair of shoes, let's be reasonable we're on the styleforum here not the hardware forum or something ridiculous like that.

    I think income is a better indicator of whether or not you can "afford" $500 shoes than the OP makes it out to be. Income reflects somewhat whether or not $500 shoes will pay you back some as an asset, since a 40K job isn't likely to be one where a $500 loafer would fit well while anything even over $80K I'd say it's a good deal and not something that should affect you financially.

    If affording a $500 shoe is even a question, then you're probably not managing your finances correctly tbh.
     
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