It's become increasingly difficult to justify most Chanel items since their crazy inflation began to resemble the hyperinflation of Zimbabwe in 2008. Bags have almost doubled in price since 2009 and shoes that used to seem expensive at $500 are now priced closer to $1000.
So when Chanel introduces a functional shoe under $400 you have to believe that women are going to clamor. The Chanel cotton espadrille was introduced last summer at the agreeable price point of $395. This season, the brand has extended the popular and functionable shoe lineup with the addition of a leather tip and a mesh body. The mesh body style is still a realistic $450. Problem is, they are mostly all sold out.
Chanel boutiques across the country have no cotton canvas styles in their inventory and the mesh version is almost completely gone too. Most shoppers have turned to eBay where sellers have jacked up the price of these popular shoes to close to $700.
If you're on the hunt, we suggest calling high-end independant boutiques or finding a department store sales person who is willing to put in the time to search through national inventories. We suggest Nordstrom or Saks. Other than that, we wish you good luck!!!