Let me just say I'm not asking negatively. I LOVE the shoes. Love. They're so hot that if it's legal to have polyamorous relationship with shoes, I so would with CLs. I was raised thinking $100 in any clothing item is expensive. That thought process has improved a bit. I bought a pair of Manolo and I already feel like I can't go back to even ~$150 shoes. The only justifications I can come up with are that they're so purty and from the one time I tried on a CL peep toe that was a size too big, I thought they're pretty comfy (granted that could be cuz they were big and I didn't walk). But I can't help thinking that I can get relatively good non-CL shoes for about $300-400, which would mean that I would be paying another $500 just for the red soles. And I can't seem to justify the thought of getting $800+13% tax shoes when they're the one thing that will definitely touch the floors of public bathrooms. Plus I have a tendency to scrape the back of my heels on stairs or chair legs (I'm clumsy that way) which is why I never used to buy nice shoes. I told the one friend who I thought might understand about the Manolo and my contemplating some CL, and she seems to think I'm doing retail therapy and not happy with my life with my relatively sudden love of brands! I'm not rich, but I certainly make enough that I can afford a pair. So, I need your help. How do you justify getting these shoes?