Op-shop’s $500 shoes: ‘Rip-off!’ 2023


A pair of shoes priced at $500 (after a significant discount) in a Queensland thrift store has raised eyebrows.

Christian Louboutin’s footwear for men first retailed at the Palm Beach St. Vincent de Paul on the Gold Coast for a jaw-dropping $1,483. The silver and gold slip-on shoes with the trademark red outsole had their price drastically reduced when they failed to attract enough buyers.

Someone in Palm Beach noticed the shoes for sale and shared a photo of them on Facebook, where they rapidly became a topic of conversation.

“You know when Palmy has gone really upmarket… designer shoes at Vinnies,” she captioned the photo.

The St. Vincent de Paul price tag caused quite a stir.

I believe it is important for them to keep in mind that they are running a thrift store and not a high-end boutique. “[Such] a rip-off,” one individual commented.

The prices they set for everything are really obscene. Someone else chimed in, “I saw a Kmart dress in there last week, and they were selling it for more than Kmart sold it for.”

However, one supporter of Vinnies said that the organization’s sales benefit a good purpose.

It is unclear whether the loafers are new or used, but the same item, sold brand new in the United States, is currently available for purchase online for the equivalent of $1483 AUD (Australian Dollars).

One lucky consumer, in spite of the reaction, may get their hands on a one-of-a-kind designer item at a steep discount. Christian Louboutin’s “Dandyrocks” loafers feature a jacquard fabric upper and are available in a variety of colors.

The American retailer also touts the following additional features:

  • Gold-tone studded inlay at the heel
  • Stacked heel
  • Round toe
  • Notched vamp
  • Grosgrain trim
  • Slip-on style
  • Signature Louboutin red leather outsole
  • Made in Italy