I’ve read about blogs telling tales of buying cheap leather shoes versus expensive ones. Cheap sounds too harsh but I certainly was not talking about the kind that you buy in a sturdy box with pretty tissue paper. How about “more affordable” or less expensive?

I have to be completely honest with you – not all leather shoes you see on the racks on shoe shops are authentic and not all authentic leather shoes stay shiny and strong. Before I go “when vips are whips and whips are chips” on you, let me show you my recent shoes purchases. Can you tell which one is faux leather?

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This brown platforms are made of pure leather from ORO NERO MARCELLE by CMG ($70). I can stand walking around these all day! The soles feel like cushion and the straps are buckled enough to hold your feet in place.

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This black Fraker booties are from ALDO. I loveee the soft leather despite the towering 5-inches of height this pair has. The buckle/straps are removable of course so you get to have two styles with one pair of boots. I had to get a size half-size up because 7 (my original size) is quite tight. ALDO FRAKER ($170) Boots fall just right at the ankle and the insides are like gel!

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This pair of clogs I got from Urbanog that I ordered online from Gizelle and yes, this is the faux one. The insides of the clogs are suede and already scuffed but everything else is in good shape. URBANOG CLOGS $38

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You might or might have not purchased inexpensive shoes in the past but regardless, I’s have to say it is not how you wear it, it is how you take care of it.