to think £65 for sandals is taking the piss?

(63 Posts)
fritteringtwit Sat 11-May-13 22:50:22

Been looking online for a nice pair of sandals for summer. The pair that I like are nothing fancy, just a toe post, strap and heel cover. They are leather. Everything else seems to be covered in sparkly embellishments which dont float my boat or are disgusting colours.

£65 for basically a couple of straps, a buckle and sole. Not designer, just high street name. Or am I just turning into my Dad tight fisted?

I don't think it's that expensive. About 3 years ago I bought some Kurt Geiger plain leather sandal for £105, I walked miles and miles and miles in them every summer since, they've really lasted and still look good.

PoppyWearer Sat 11-May-13 22:54:16

It depends on the brand.

We neeeeeed to know!

Startail Sat 11-May-13 22:56:03

YANBU the price of all shoes is taking the piss.
Almost £50 for school shoes, ankle boots that cost as much as long ones and £65 for sandals that were £30 two years ago.

SirChenjin Sat 11-May-13 22:58:15

It's taking the piss. I have a pair of Clarks that I have walked and walked in over the years and they cost £25 from the outlet store.

I point blank refuse to spend that sort of money on a bit of shoe leather.

NannyPlumIsMyMum Sat 11-May-13 23:00:53

I would probably pay it as long as they were comfy.

wonderstuff Sat 11-May-13 23:01:29

I saw some lovely £60ish sandals last week, my immediate reaction was too expensive, but I so rarely find sandals I like, I've just binned a pair I loved that after years have fallen apart..

We need a link.

Lj8893 Sat 11-May-13 23:06:29

I have had this conversation lots today, I wouldn't dream of spending that amount of money on any paid of shoes because I ruin them so quickly and today me and my mum were shopping and she bought a pair of basic dolly pump style shoe (they were comfy but very plain) for £75!!! Crazy I think but she can afford it and said she will wear them all the time and they will should last as they were good quality.

wonderstuff Sat 11-May-13 23:11:33

Since we're here discussing it, these are my current dilemma soo much money, but I do love them.

Take a look at the sandals on netaporter. £65 will seem cheap after that

Wonder what colour do you want them in?

picnicbasketcase Sat 11-May-13 23:17:12

I couldn't and wouldn't even consider spending that on sandals but if you can afford them and think they'd be useful, it's up to you.

wonderstuff Sat 11-May-13 23:20:51

In brown I think.

Mumsyblouse Sat 11-May-13 23:24:09

Now they are charging £35-45 for a pair of child's shoes, they have to differentiate the adult ones by charging £65. I just can't bring myself to pay that for a plain old pair of high street sandals- at least with boots you feel you are getting your money's worth, leatherwise.

scottishmummy Sat 11-May-13 23:32:53

for right sandal £65 is good price

Wonder I think the brown is quite nice, and the turquoise. They're not really my style but I think it's good they aren't completely flat, plus look really comfy. I'd say they look good value for money.

I'm currently waiting for my Swedish Hasbeens to turn up, am quite excited.

I think the thing with the price is it is totally dependant on what you can afford, I would spend £65 on a top so it makes sense to spend that on sandals that you would get more wear out of.

ThisIsNotAFlyingToy Sat 11-May-13 23:33:41

I would if they were exactly what I wanted. When you think about cost per wear over 3 or 4 years? etc I don't think it's too much (if youhcan afford it). Buy cheap buy twice and all that

marriedinwhiteagain Sat 11-May-13 23:34:00

Sounds reasonable to me. I nearly bought a pair of casual cork heel/soled mules today but told myself I didn't go out to buy shoes but on rreflection they were really nice, really comfy and quite modern for me. If john lewis hadn't been busy and hadn't had that awful ticket system going I would have tried on. Will phone tomorrow to see if they have the white in a 5. The black was perfect on my right foot. They were 80 btw. And no I don't think 65 is taking the piss - not if you like them, they are comfy and versatile.

wonderstuff Sat 11-May-13 23:37:41

I paid stupid money on my 5yo's school shoes and trainers recently, is it just me who finds expensive shoes fit better?

PlentyOfFreeTime Sat 11-May-13 23:39:42

OMG Tig! I had a pair virtually identical to those sandals in 1974. I loved them.

wonderstuff Sat 11-May-13 23:42:45

Thank you Tig I've told DH the wisdom ofMN says they're good value. Think ill treat myself, bday coming up soon..

Loving the Hasbeens smile


I paid £5 for some solid-foam-y ones. They have a bumpy bit under foot too which makes them really comfy and have lasted years. Beats paying over the odds for leather!

Plenty is that you mum?! I'm the child you had in 72' I know it gets confusing what with the other 7, but I showed you these sandals last weekend and now you keep crowing about how X (my sis) wants these clog sandals but you had a pair just like them although yours were a bit nicer FFS!!!!! I joke, but yeah I really like that they have that 70s feel to them, I think they go with lots of dresses I've bought for this summer which are from my memories a bit seventies in length (mid calf)

Thanks wonder I'm really long forward to wearing them and good for you, it's always lovely to have lovely things.

marriedinwhiteagain Sat 11-May-13 23:49:59

I reallly like those wonder smile

MrsMook Sat 11-May-13 23:50:03

£65 sounds like the going rate to me. Unfortunately my feet have a preference for wide, dull, and comfortable footwear with a substantail price tag. Expecting a combnatiion of wide, comfortable and attractive footwear with a modest prictag would be unreassonabe.

PickledLiver Sat 11-May-13 23:52:42

Way way way overpriced.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sun 12-May-13 00:08:59

Depends. You need to think about price per wear. If you will wear them often then it's not expensive - no more so than a pair costing half as much that you only wear a few times. You can buy a pair costing a fiver and wear them 10 times or a pair costing 100 quid and wear them for years.

sleepdodger Sun 12-May-13 01:01:08

Ironic this thread is berating the cost of prouducts along side one which is querying how clothes are cheap and the Bangladesh factory disaster
Just saying ...

bishboschone Sun 12-May-13 01:06:08

I got a lovely tan leather pair in Zara for £20 .

PickledLiver Sun 12-May-13 01:11:03

sleep you do know where expensive stuff is made too though right?

vivizone Sun 12-May-13 01:13:24

It's all relative

I spend ridiculous amount of money on shoes

but will haggle over the price of sanitary pads.

Startail Sun 12-May-13 01:21:01

Price per wear is part of the problem. Boots can be silicon sprayed and polished, they can have nice leather insoles when their lining dies. They last 3-5 years.

I kill sandals, I don't undo them, I go out in our mucky garden, I get caught in the rain, I go for walks across the fields. I split the soles driving. Generally if they turn out to be comfy, I'm not nice to them.

I've paid that much for Birkenstocks, plain brown and have been wearing them for the last 15 years. I have dressier nicer ones for shopping etc, but they are next to the door for all my outdoor walking about, running to school etc. They work with socks in winter.
I have these in brown suede

They work with socks in winter. I can pretty much guarantee that they don't. grin

EggsMichelle Sun 12-May-13 03:19:12

I am saving to invest in some Birkenstocks. Had some fakes ones from Dorethy Perkins that lasted years and so comfy, so ready to pay good money for the real deal. Also have some Fly boots that cost ALOT but still like new after near daily wear for 4years. And then there's the in visable Dr Martens!!!

EggsMichelle Sun 12-May-13 03:20:54

* invincible!

raisah Sun 12-May-13 03:34:16

Those sandals from fly are lovely, looks comfy with a cork sole & heel. If the toes wer covered then I would buy them.

The swedish hasbeens look uncomfortable. Mainly because of the wooden sole and heel.

If any of you wonderful ladies come across sandals similar to the ones from fly but with the toes covered I'ld appreciate it if you'd inbox me.


grin MrsTerryPrachett they only do here (California) but we don't get much rain.
The covered toe ones would be more practical for winter.

Allthingspretty Sun 12-May-13 07:32:51

Head to tk maxx and look for aomething similar. You would probably find somwthing similar or better for lesa than half price.
Fwitw i dont like the shoes you have linkwd to

Allthingspretty Sun 12-May-13 07:34:14

Eggs. I got my birkies from tkmaxx . Try there

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Anthracite Sun 12-May-13 08:00:34

I bought amid of peep toe, sling back shoes for £69 yesterday, so that seems a pretty standard amount for me.

Branleuse Sun 12-May-13 08:04:15

if you think the shoes are too expensive then you could try making your own?

Tee2072 Sun 12-May-13 08:06:02

Why on earth is anyone paying that much for children's shoes when they wear out in months?

ASDA, M&S, Debenhems, Dunnes, all do school shoes and others for around a tenner.

And don't believe the bullshit about 'being fitted'. You can fit just fine yourself, especially at M&S where they have a foot measuring thing right in the children's shoe section.

Adult shoes, sure, spend a bit because they don't get outgrown or wear out quite so fast.

MiaowTheCat Sun 12-May-13 08:44:29

With how bad my feet are in terms of causing me pain - I'd pay £65 for something that didn't cripple me by lunchtime in a heartbeat.

harrietlichman Sun 12-May-13 09:04:26

Still giggling at MrsTerryPrachett and enjoying all the shoe porn. Now need to go shopping... Oh, and YABU by the way, if you love them and they will last, that is.

sparkle12mar08 Sun 12-May-13 09:13:29

If you've got the money and it's not going to impact on necessary family spending, then meh. Spend it or don't. But some of us will never have that kind of money to spend on shoes, or clothes, or holidays or whatever. For some of us, we have to save all year to buy new pair of winter boots and they'd damn well still better be under £80. So £65 on sandals simply wouldn't cross my radar.

kelda Sun 12-May-13 09:16:53

If they were very comfortable and sturdy, then I would spend that amount. I would expect them to last at least three years. I walk a lot so would wear them for several miles every day.

I don't drive and rarely use public transport so save money that way.

Mrsrobertduvall Sun 12-May-13 09:17:01

I have to pay so much for shoes as I have size 9 narrow feet.
£200 for boots, about £100-150 for shoes and about £80 plus for sandals.
That said, they last for years...I am wearing boots from 5 years ago which are still pristine.

wonderstuff Sun 12-May-13 09:35:40

Tee I would have loved to buy supermarket shoes for dd, but genuinely have never found any that fit, she has narrow ankles had very broad front and nearly a size difference between each foot. I have no idea why expensive shoes seemed to fit better but they genuinely do. Actually hush puppies can be fitted with different insoles so thats why they work as school shoes, but are nearly 40 squid a pop. She had surgery a few months ago, and now her feet are the same size, I'm hoping cheaper shoes will now fit, but I must admit once she recovered from surgery I spent a fortune on her at the expense of me not getting any new shoes so far this year. I know I'm lucky to be able to indulge from time to time.

Jinty64 Sun 12-May-13 09:35:42

I think it depends on how you prioritise. I might spend that amount on sandals if they were exactly right. I have had my current sandals for 4 years and they are still going strong. I have friends who spend £65 for a night out! I would certainly not pay hundreds of pounds (and more) for a wedding dress to wear once.

kelda Sun 12-May-13 09:40:15

Jinty64 - that's a very good point. If we go out for a meal, for the five of us, it will easily cost the same or more as those sandels.

I wouldn't spend that much on fashion shoes though. They would have to be decent and hard wearing.

DolomitesDonkey Sun 12-May-13 09:42:16

Buy cheap, buy twice indeed. Although in with the lady who buys Clarks at outlet. You don't need to be wearing "this season's".

Good luck with the Swedish shoes, ripped my soles to shreds until I'd worn them enough. The sole gets slippy when it's hot.

Anjou Sun 12-May-13 09:45:23

As other posters have said, price/£ per wear is the key thing. If they last 3 or 4 summers, that's pretty reasonable.

Footwear prices have gone sky high the last few years as raw material & production costs have sky rocketed. Leather, cotton, rubber. They all cost a LOT more than they did 5 or 6 years ago. This has to be passed onto the consumer I guess.

A lot of high street outlets have eBay shops with auctions starting at really low prices. Worth a shot. smile

nipersvest Sun 12-May-13 09:45:44

they are nice sandals, i have fly london yuna which are so comfy. the prices of them fluctuate a lot on amazon, i only paid £35 for these in tan.

badguider Sun 12-May-13 09:48:28

I am super fussy about my sandals because most rub my feet so I would pay that for a pair that would last a few years.

I have tevas and merrels that have lasted 5+ years so were worth every penny (works out about £10 per summer).

MummytoMog Sun 12-May-13 10:20:51

I remember being able to wear cheap shoes. Now my bunions and plantar fasciitis have cripple me and I have about three pairs of shoes that fit and don't make my feet cry. Those fly sandals look awesome, I'm going shopping next week!

wonderingsoul Sun 12-May-13 10:37:35

i love thouse fly shoes.

its way to much for me, i normally spend £15. tops for shoes for me, which only last a summer, but its the money that i have, though if you can afford it, then go for them, i do agree they will be cheaper in the long run. they are rarther nice too.

childrens shoes, im lucky my parents buy them thier school shoes and trainers, from clarks. i have paid for some cheap shoes for them in the past and honestly they dont last a week and have to end up taking them back.

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