There is a trend around designer shoes. Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Balenciaga, Versace, Givenchy, etc. You probably know someone who wears a pair of them.

The problem behind this trend is that most people who wear them, students for that matter, cannot afford it. I don’t blame those who like these shoes, because I love them myself, but look at this situation from a financial point of view. It doesn’t make any sense for 97% of the people to buy 1000$ shoes.

Let’s talk about the Balenciaga triple S (BLUE / GREY / RED / BLACK), which is one of the most envied pair of sneakers by millennials.

How much does it cost? If you buy it from the official Balenciaga website, which I don’t recommend by the way, you will pay $ 1,470 CAD without delivery. On SSENSE, the same sneakers are $ 1120 CAD still without delivery. If you ever decide to buy used ones on a site like GOAT, you will pay a minimum of $ 700 USD (for decent condition). In all cases, you won’t get anywhere under $ 900-1000 CAD.

Is it smart to spend 1000$ on sneakers when you’re a student with a part-time minimum wage job? I’ll tell you right now, NO, IT IS NOT.

Why? First and foremost, because it is WAY too expensive, and then because designer sneakers are like tattoos, once you get your first one you’re already planning the next. It’ll start with shoes, and then you won’t want to wear them with your H&M tee-shirt, so you’ll start looking for CDG t-shirts, Kenzo sweaters, Supreme hoodies, Stone Island cargo pants and it won’t stop I’M TELLING YOU.

I am not here to tell you what you should do with your money, but… There are plenty of things you could do that has more value than a pair of Balenciaga. Save it. Invest it. Travel. You could also use it to buy 2 or 3 outfits from affordable brands and people would still consider you a fashion reference.

Fashion isn’t about a specific brand or product, it is about your faculty to mix clothes in order to create unique outfits. And you don’t need 1000$ shoes for that…..

Tag someone who should read this article before breaking the bank.