Women’s luxury shoes have been a long-standing tradition in fashion since the time of Marie Antoinette. While the quality of materials goes into price calculation, it is largely the brand name alone that can command a hefty price tag. Luxury brands rely on reputation, quality and client loyalty to sell shoes made of snake skin or diamonds that may sell for more than $1,000 a pair.
French shoe designer Christian Louboutin’s signature trademark is a red-lacquered sole that can be seen from far away. Hoards of Hollywood starlets have been seen sporting Louboutin’s innovative luxury shoes at award shows, premiers and red carpet events. Christian Louboutin shoes often include unusual and unique materials or designs. Christian Louboutin shoes can range anywhere from $400 to several thousand dollars per pair.
Spanish designer Manolo Blahnik is one of the few designers that is known specifically and only for shoes. Having gained mainstream fame as Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe of choice on “Sex and the City,” Manolo Blahnik has practically become a household name. Famous fans of Manolo Blahnik include Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker. Manolo Blahnik shoes can run from several hundred to several thousand dollars per pair; one particular pair of Manolo Blahnik boots had a price tag of $14,000.
Malaysian designer Jimmy Choo is known for his stylish, luxury shoes but also makes accessories, such as handbags. Jimmy Choo shoes are considered chic and modern and are sold mostly at high-end luxury department stores and boutiques. Jimmy Choo shoes generally start at around $500 and can go up into the thousands.
Marc Jacobs is the current fashion designer for the French luxury brand Louis Vuitton. Louis Vuitton is one of the oldest, most respected luxury brands–revered for its shoes, accessories and clothing. Louis Vuitton shoes have a reputation for being chic, elegant and fashion forward. Louis Vuitton is especially known for making outrageously expensive boots, with a price tag sometimes in excess of $5,000.
The black and white palette of the French luxury brand Chanel has become iconic over the years. Coco Chanel’s impeccable taste and style still transcends Chanel’s line of shoes today. Chanel shoes often feature the company’s recognizable intersecting “C” logo and come in a range of styles for women of various ages. Chanel shoes generally start at around $400 to $500 and can range into the thousands per pair.
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