Monday, June 15, 2009

Reviews and News: Payless on the Runway

When I first saw alice + olivia shoes in a window while walking past a Payless, I nearly did a double take. Someone else finally caught onto to the "Designer for Less" concept. In this recession, shoppers really can't afford to spend the extra $100. At first, I wasn't too impressed with the designs or the quality. Both seemed lacking. A couple of weeks ago when looking for some last minute sandals, I browsed through a Payless to find Lela Rose flats on sale for $10.00. I'm pleasantly surprised to report that I haven't had any major problems with them yet. As with nearly all my shoes, of course they caused a bit of pain the first couple of times.

This inspired me to take a look at their designer collection for Fall '09. I've been long awaiting to see what Christian Siriano would design for his Payless line. It was...mediocre. None of his designs particularly excite me. The Payless on the Runway collection as a whole, however, did. Full of earthy tones, boots, and heels, this collection impressed me far more than their Spring '09. My only reservation? The quality. A lot of these shoes look like faux suede or faux leather which would cause them to ruin quickly. That seems to be the biggest problem with these designer-major retailer parternerships. Can't they find a happy medium? Decent price and decent quality? Let's hope so.....


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