There are a few things that are sacred to a woman's life and shoes are right up there.
Problem is the glamorous look and the exclusive brands made famous in shows like Sex and the City and the Lipstick Jungle usually carry a pretty obscene price tag.
However Adelaide fashion guru and Sunday Mail columnist Mirella Romano says you can still buy the latest trends without compromising the quality or your bank account.
"I think with the cheaper brands they definitely follow the trends that they see in the catwalks from overseas and I don't think there's anything wrong with that so why not look fabulous at a better price? The cheaper brands have gotten better in their quality using better materials and obviously the styling is more up to date," says Mirella.
And what's making waves this summer?
"The hottest trend and the biggest trend of the season would be the gladiator and that's predominantly a strap that goes up closer to your ankle and there's several straps that follow from that."
But if you're not into the Roman look?
"�it's high heels and when we're talking high heels we're talking sky high heels with platform bases and you'll see too as well that the platforms are actually getting bigger and chunkier," says Mirella.
And what about colours?
"There's a lot of brights that are following through from the catwalk trends but there's also lots of tan to go with the bohemian looks. Black's a favourite as always and it goes with everything."
So we sent out Adelaide rising star and Make Me a Supermodel finalist Sheridan Seekamp and her friend Katja to a variety of shoe stores to find out if they really could bag a bargain.
We started out at factory outlet mecca Harbourtown.
At the Shoe Factory the girls weren't allowed to pick a pair over $60 dollars in value and to their surprise they were swamped with choice.
With more gladiators than a Russel Crowe movie, Katja picked a tan sandal with a roman toe for $39 while Sheridan finally picked this well made imitation of the scarily expensive label Manola Blahnik.
"They look exactly like the Manolo Blahnik ones but way cheaper," says Sheridan.
With the left over money the girls found some dressy heels and also comfy summer flats in cobalt blue and coral by Scooter.
Apparently they sell around the $99.99 mark in city stores, but at the Shoe Factory they're down to $60.
There are also sales table with well known brands such as Florsheim, Scooter, Shoe Biz, and Mollini with prices starting from just $10.
Then it was over to the Shoe Shed in Richmond. A proudly South Australian owned franchise with plenty of well made budget buys. Once again for well under $60 dollars.
And if you can't be bothered getting caught up in the Christmas rush this year you can buy online. Shoe Shed and Ezi Buy are both great websites and offer quick delivery of discount shoes.
Mirella admits designer shoes are usually made from finer leather and could well last longer but in this global climate, for many people, forking out a fortune is not an option.
"I think everyone's a lot more price conscious. Again the quality is better so a lot more of a competitive market, so why not spend less and buy more shoes!"
The Shoe Factory
Shop T47 Harbourtown
Ph: 8235 1225
The Shoe Shed
South Road, Richmond
Ph: 8352 6609
North East Rd, Gilles Plains
Ph: 8369 2444
Dyson Rd, Noarlunga
Ph: 8326 9711
Commercial Est, Parafield Airport