Dana Thomas: Louboutin’s are €100 too expensive

In town to promote her book and speak at the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Business Seminar, the author of Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster, Dana Thomas, made a few interesting points in an interview with a fashion journalist from The Australian newspaper.

If you haven’t read her book yet, here’s a some points from Thomas that should get you thinking about how much you’re willing to spend on fashion.

About Christian Louboutin’s red soled shoes: “I said, ‘I can’t buy your shoes’ I can’t afford them because I have a moral problem. I can’t allow myself to pay €400 for a pair of shoes when I know they were €300 a year ago and I know nothing has changed but the price. It would be different if there were a fantastic new material, or if I was getting crocodile instead, or if there was gold in the heels, but it is the same patent leather shoes I have always bought but they have gone up in price.”

On not buying Prada since a pair of pants fell apart after just a few wears: “I am not a fool,” she laughs.

What shoes would she spend a lot on: Massaro, the 114-year-old French house that makes shoes for Chanel, might be worth the E3000 price tags. “You can tango in them for hours,” she claims.

— So I’m guessing she won’t be buying these fierce Christian Louboutin Delic heels (pictured) then.