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Friday, August 14th, 2009

Are women’s shoes recession-proof?

BradshawI read somewhere this week that the only things recession-proof were wine and condoms. Go figure. Though, the author did also make a convincing argument for women’s shoes. In fact, she wrote of a woman who owned 90 pairs of shoes — obviously not in need of any more — making a conscious effort to cut back on her spending during a troubled economy. Despite her lofty aims, however, she’s admittedly still in the market for more shoes. And her only excuse: shoes are the one thing you have to look at all day — everything else needs a mirror. Brilliant, if you ask me. Now, about my next pair of shoes

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Gladiator Sandals Popular at Australian Fashion Week

Australian Fashion week kicked off over the weekend, and reporters down under are focusing on the seriously downsized show. Since cost-cutting designers have pulled out of every other Fashion Week this year, it should come as no surprise that fewer designers chose to set up shop at Australian Fashion Week. Still, the success and surprising exuberance of the other shows around the world indicates that fashion is relevant and influential, even when spending is down. In response to consumer demands for higher-quality, long-lasting, “recessionista” pieces, designers are working hard to create fashion that’s more appropriate for the depressed world market.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

5 Tips for Thrift Store Shoe Shopping

Fashion has always been about creative personal expression, but creativity is especially crucial in these days of economic woe.  As they say, scarcity is the mother of invention, and history proves that limited resources fuel innovation.  Recessionistas are already scouting out garage sales, thrift stores, and deep-discount sale racks for “new” pieces for their wardrobes.  Although such locations can harbor incredible deals, it’s not always easy to find them.  Here are a few tips to help you navigate the jungle of second-hand shoe shopping:

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Be a Recessionista: Visit a Cobbler

OK, so you’re rolling your eyes at the thought that a shoe retailer’s blogger would promote the idea of making your shoes last. But hear me out. I just have your best look in mind, and with the current economic situation, it’s best to be prepared, and make those stellar pieces last. You can stretch the life of your shoes by repairing them whenever possible.

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