Saturday, July 25, 2009

I still love you, Marc

In general, I prefer the designer item to the "inspired" versions or the, er, knock-offs. In most cases, the designer items have better craftsmanship, more detail, and fit better -- so I don't mind spending the extra money if I know it's a piece that can make a statement, the quality is high, it fits well, and I can't find a version I like more. And if I can come up with enough practical reasons for owning the piece (as much as I would have loved to wear the $8,000 Marchesa gown to prom, I could never justify it to myself or my parents).
I always thought these Marc Jacobs Bow Gladiator Sandals were very adorable, but not adorable enough for me to spend $897 on them. It was one of those shoes that I would take a quick glance at, place back onto the shelf, and swiftly walk away from before the salespeople could look in my direction.
So, while I was in China -- I found a pair of similar sandals for the Chinese equivalent of $100. They were made of real metallic green leather and I preferred the brass bows on this pair to the leather bows on the original Marc Jacobs version! The craftsmanship on these sandals is excellent -- they're extremely comfortable and high-quality.

This is one of the few instances where I prefer the "inspired" version to the designer original -- even if both pieces happened to be the same price, I'd still choose my metallic green versions from China. However, I am still fatally in love with Marc Jacobs in every possible way.

Miss Couturable
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