The Price for Pumps

This morning when I woke up I checked my inbox, as usual. The very first email I had was from Neiman Marcus, reading "Top 10 Pumps: Our Highest and Mightiest". Of course, I eagerly opened the email to see what new drool-worthy shoes were listed. I spent at least 10 minutes staring longingly at the Prada python pumps, before checking out what else was in the 'top 10' right now for pumps. I really loved all of the suede shoes and animal-prints that made this list. All in all, I loved every single bit of this email.... except the price. Now, I know it's Neiman Marcus, so I'm not looking exactly looking for bargains, but $900 for a pair of pumps? Unless I have over a million in the bank, I doubt I'll ever let myself splurge on a pair of shoes for that price, no matter the label or quality of shoe. Maybe $200 for a pair of shoes, possibly $300 if it's worth it; but that's the maximum price I will ever pay.

After that slightly depressing note, I realized I needed some new boots for the fall and some cute flats for school. Now, whether or not this is everyone's taste, Payless Shoe Store actually has some decent shoes! They definitely have some quality flats that I'll spend $30 on for school. Anyway, I started looking at the pumps they sell to see if they had any decent deals going on. And what do you know, I see at least 3 pairs of shoes that look almost identical to the $500 platforms I was just looking at from Neiman Marcus! See for yourself the near-identical shoes:

Photos courtesy Neiman Marcus and Payless

Can you tell which are the Neiman Marcus platforms?

Take the black pumps for example, the first picture is of $295 Tory Burch pumps, while the bottom picture is a pair of Komet Pumps in black for... $30! The first photo of leopard print pumps are Stuart Weitzman for $425, while the bottom pumps are again the Komet Pumps. The bottom photo of gold pumps are also Komet Pumps, but in gold, while the top picture is a pair of Dolce Vita Internal Platform Pumps for $165.  The best part about these Komet Pumps from Payless are the great reviews they're receiving. Every single review except one gave the shoe 5 stars, while the one other review gave it a 4. Now, I'm not opposed to splurging on a great pair of shoes every once in a while, but I'm definitely loving these heels from Payless, especially with the price!

Let me know your thoughts on the price of pumps and what you're willing to spend. Are you into these Payless pumps, or would you rather splurge on the Neiman Marcus platforms?


  1. I love this post! I'm all for getting the look for less! I would definitely have to decide after trying them on though, but you're right, I would never spend THAT much money on a pair of shoes, I'd rather invest in a bag... I just wear them out too quickly and I think stores like Payless, Aldo, Nine West have amazing options anyways!


  2. I love all these shoes. My faves are classic black ones and Neiman Marcus ones. But I think that you should invest in a classic and timeless pair of black pumps and the leopard ones and gold ones should be cheaper alternative.

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  3. Thanks for the comments on this post! I agree with you completely, Kimberly, I'd much rather invest in a bag or dress rather than a pair of shoes - they're bound to get ruffed up sooner than later! And I also agree with you, Maya, I think everyone should invest some money in a classic black or nude heel, and save the fun ones for cheap!
    Cassidy xxx

  4. love these pumps..esp, the leopard prints!
    just came across your blog and i love it!

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  5. Wow! I can't believe how similar the ripoffs are. Payless has nice shoes, but the fit isn't always the best.

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    What a coincidence that you live in the area!

  6. Keschen, of course! I love your blog, I think it's one of the first I followed here(: And xiziluo, I know! It's crazy, but it is true about the fit. And of course! The pictures were amazing!
    Cassidy xxx

  7. All of these shoes are gorgeous! Great choices.


  8. If I found a pair of comfortable - I mean, really, really comfortable pumps that I could walk in ALL day - well, I'd probably pay a lot for them. One of my fashion dreams is to own a pair of Christian Louboutins. But realistically, the most I've ever paid is $160 for a pair of Ann Taylor pumps. And it was absolutely worth it!

  9. ~ * ♥ * ~

    Personally, I am a "less is more" in terms of price girl ~ I love me cheap, cute shoes! One day though I am dreaming of a pair of Louboutins in my wardrobe. Just one pair would be nice.
    : )

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  10. STBW, I know what you mean, I want to invest in a really nice pair of pumps, it'll definitely be worth it!
    Bonita, me too! I'd rather spend $25 on a cheap but cute pair of flats that'll last me a year than a huge price for just a pair of pumps. But don't we all dream of that!(:
    Cassidy xxx


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