Ballpark Estimate: $400 to $1500
Do you love beautiful shoes? Do you have more pairs in your closet than chances to wear them? Is fashion more important than comfort? Do you swear by high heels? If you answered yes to these questions, chances are you appreciate the sexy, high-end footwear designs created by Jimmy Choo.
The popular television show Sex in the City first introduced the world to the Jimmy Choo luxury brand of shoes almost a decade ago. Since then, the popularity of the line has continued to grow, and today, the high-end footwear designer tops the must-have list of most of the very best dressed, including socialites, fashionistas and many high profile celebrities. Even First Lady -Michelle Obama showed off her good taste and fashion sense when she chose a pair of Jimmy Choo heels to wear on Inauguration Day.
The Allure of the Shoe
Jimmy Choo offers a wide variety of shoes fit for many upscale tastes and lifestyles. While the brand is perhaps best known for its distinctive sky high heels made from luxurious materials that make a wearer’s legs look miles long, there is also an unexpected practicality that the high price tag buys. In fact, many fans swear that even the highest Choo shoes are also extremely easy to walk in and comfortable. They also have a timeless appeal, making them an investment that you will have for a long time.
An Exclusive Pair
If you love Jimmy Choo shoes but think they are difficult to find, this is because the brand only distributes its products to a select number of prestigious retailers. This adds to the exclusiveness of the brand. You can find them through the Jimmy Choo Online Boutique and in Saks Fifth Ave, and other fine department stores, as well as a range of specialty boutiques.
A Much Coveted Brand
You can find Jimmy Choo shoes with ranging from those with the simplest, most elegant lines to glittering styles embellished with fine stones and accents worthy of a cocktail dress to casual flat and heels that you can wear with pants and a sweater set. There are even boots with a classic equestrian style, as well as those inspired by tougher motorcycle styles.
And while some women pride themselves on staying up with the latest Jimmy Choo designs to spice up their wardrobe with an extra dash of stylist elegance, there are other die-hard Choo fans who collect this brand as a serious hobby rather than just to wear.
Those Who Wear
Jimmy Choos are one of the most popular choices gracing the feet of the biggest names on the Red Carpet. Some of the recent wearers include Victoria Bechham, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson, Katherine Heigl, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Minogue.
It should come as no surprise that Jimmy Choo has established himself as the master of elegant footwear since shoemaking is part of his upbringing and heritage. Choo was born in Malaysia in 1961 and is part of a long line of shoemakers. It is said that he made his first shoe at the age of 11, and got his technical education in the field from the Cordwainers’ Technical College in London, which today is part of the London College of Fashion. He first launched his brand of handmade shoes in 1986 in London, and only two years later, was lucky enough to see his designs featured in the prestigious Vogue magazine, which really set his career in motion. His regular clientele quickly grew to include Princess Diana, which further cemented his success.
In 1996, Choo partnered with British Vogue accessories editor Tamara Mellon to create Jimmy Choo Ltd. The flagship store is located in London and about 25 or so other locations exist around the world. Under this broader umbrella, the brand has expanded to include couture footwear and a ready-to-wear line that even includes select handbags and other accessories. In 2001, Choo sold his share of the company, but continues to design his desirable haute couture shoes.
Jimmy Choo has been honored for his many achievements throughout his career. His recognition includes receiving a state award, including the respected title of Dato’, in Malaysia. He was also honored by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the fashion industry in the UK. Further, he received an award and title from the governor of his home state of Penang. Finally, the University of the Arts London awarded Choo a fellowship, along with prestigious professor status.
What It Costs
A pair of Jimmy Choo shoes or boots will probably set you back quite a bit. Just keep in mind when you splurge on this designer pair, you will have the most stylish footwear in the world and you can depend on the fact that it won’t go out of style anytime soon.
If you feel compelled to have your own pair of Jimmy Choo shoes to cherish, the lower end of the price scale starts with some basic designs. For instance, the least expensive pair you will find is the jelly sandal that retails for $175.
In the $400 to $650 range, you can play it safe with a pair of black basic pumps with lean, elegant lines, textured flats with jeweled accents and peep toe sling backs perfect for night or day. Or express yourself in some strappy metallic sandals of exquisite design. In addition, a tie dyed pump or shiny red patent leather mary janes just may be your perfect find.
If you are willing and able to invest a bit more in this endeavor, high-heeled black booties start at about $950 and are sure to make your outfit shine, while sexy snakeskin gladiator sandals will set you back anywhere from $1,300 to about $1,500, depending on what you like.
The more ornate designs can go up from there, all the way to a special edition design that was part of the 2007 collection that sold for about $16,000. What you get for this large investment is special high-end leather with a glossy sheen that is especially hand-crafted to perfection, metallic inner and outer sole with a mirrored finish and lots of attention down to the very smallest detail.
While these prices may be impressive, it is important to note that not everyone who wears Jimmy Choo has an unlimited budget to spend on this excess. You can also find older styles discounted even through outlets like DSW Shoe Warehouse and they do go on sale at the Jimmy Choo Online Boutique and through the department stores that carry them, so if you don’t mind buying off-season, you may be lucky enough to score a pair in your size for about half the retail price.
So you can spend anywhere from about $400 to $1500 or more for some of the most popular current styles.
“It” Purses In The Choo Line
If you have the budget to match your taste, you may want to pick up a Jimmy Choo purse. These are in high-demand and the prices are on the higher end. They start about $1,900 for a small snakeskin clutch while a large hobo bag can run you close to $3,500. For the money, you get the finest materials, exceptional finishing and high-quality hardware. There is also a limited edition crocodile leather bag that recently sold for $30,000.
While Jimmy Choo shoes have long been associated with luxury wear, the brand is also incorporating a more casual “wellies” design. These plastic rain boots will be available later this year in a range of truly stylish leopard and crocodile designs.