This afternoon I was strolling around Xintiandi when I saw a nice pair of shoes in a new (?) shoe shop called Silvano Lattanzi. I went inside to take a look at the shoes, and was impressed by all the other models they had on display. I was told that all shoes are handmade in Italy, and I started to suspect that the price may be on the high side. But when I looked at the price of my favourite pair I was literally shocked: RMB 79,990 – more than USD 10,000 for a pair of shoes!
I dont’t mind paying a bit more for quality products, but this is outrageous. In Shanghai I normally pay less than USD 50 for handmade tailored shoes, meaning I could buy 200 pairs of those for one pair of Silvano Lattanzi. The Chinese staff told me that this brand is actually quite famous, but until now I had never heard of it (which does not say much, fashion brands is not an area that interests me very much). They tried to convince me to buy a pair by telling me that royalty and US presidents buy their shoes, but that failed to impress me. Even though the shoes look fantastic, I will stay with my Chinese custom-made shoe maker for now.