High vs. Low: Suede Loafers

High vs. Low Suede LoafersHigh: Stuart Weitzman Pipelopez Pointed-Toe Loafer, $398; Low: Kristin Cavallari ‘Chandy’ Loafer, $119.95

Figuring out how and where to spend is one of the bigger challenges faced by our clients. There is only so much to go around so when our needs feel larger than our budgets it can be overwhelming. Our work with clients over the last decade has taught me a few things, most important, never count other people’s money. What might be expensive for one person, is no big deal for another, and you can’t determine how someone is going to spend their money just by looking at them. Our client book and readership are hugely varied, which is why I try hard to feature a range of pricing in our daily tips.

Today’s High/Low is an example of how our clients spend based on budget, need and assumed frequency of use. One client with a more limited budget picked up the Stuart Weitzman’s because she will wear them almost every day, while another client this weekend, who tends to spend more on shoes, purchased the less expensive option because she doesn’t plan to wear them regularly.

Practicing price per wear regardless of your spending capabilities is a smart way to get the most out of your budget especially when buying more classic pieces. For this High/Low post, I would recommend either version. The Stuart’s are fantastic quality; they will last for many seasons, so if you find yourself wanting to wear flats on a daily basis, these are your best option.

If, however, you are looking for something to have as an alternative, or if the Stuarts are out of your budget, these Chinese Laundry shoes are comfortable, equally stylish and $200 less.  Either way, these are a business professional appropriate flat.  They are a more polished option to the rounded ballet flat you may be wearing.

For even more options and all price points, check out our additional picks below:


Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

  1. Hi Meg,

    I’ve been reading your daily blog for a couple of months now and I am enjoying the tips that you give. I appreciate you giving a variety of price points on products. Keep it coming!! Great job!

  2. How do you wear these shoes? I have the more typical rounded toe ballet flats that I wear three seasons with cropped pants to work or with jeans.

    Would you wear these loafers with socks and dress pants?

    1. Hi Joan!
      You could wear them in the same manner as the ballet flat, especially to an office. They are a more sophisticated option for work. When it gets cold out I wear them with a knee high, so a bit lighter than a sock.

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