Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Walking the RED line

From the 85-year old woman wearing patent leather chanel running shoes this morning at the gym, to all the women strutting red Louboutin soles constantly down the city streets, to the man in high heels at Conde Nast; one thing is for sure, that New Yorkers take their shoes seriously. Trends come and go, but shoes are one accessory that will forever remain a staple in every person's closet. Not only are they a complete and utter necessity, but they are also a great way to show one's own personal style. Ranging anywhere from a mere $20 to sky high prices in the thousands, there are so many different options out there for everyone. Love this new Louboutin glitter pump feautured in Glamour magazine, but don't want to pay the $795 ticket price?

Well Andrade Shoe Repair, in the Upper East Side, could just be your answer! The "red sole upgrade", costing around $22-$32, changes the soles of your everyday shoes to the red Louboutin soles. In summary, those ugly old heels that have been sitting in your closet for over a year could be revamped in no time into what appears to be a designer collection. At first this sounds like a great offer right, but thinking twice about it.... is this actually promoting counterfeit? After all, everyone knows the shiny, red-lacquered soles has been Louboutins signature since he first put them on the market in 1992. Since then, no other brand has done anything like it, especially after he patented the trademark in 2007. Whichever way you look it, changing the sole color of your shoe will not change the comfort or quality of the rest of it. One main lesson that I've learned with shoes is that you get what you pay for. The main question centers around whether you want to spend a little bit of extra money on the well-made heels and save yourself the blistering cries of having to limp out of the bar..... or save the cash and wake up with swelling feet. At the end of the night its a fine line, is it worth it? 

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