And as many times as I have to answer this question I find that there is no absolute ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to it. In very simplistic terms: it’s yes and no.
Let's begin with most obvious element of the swarovski crystal shoes durability: Quality!
If the execution is done well – the shoes will be actually stronger with crystals on than without! And by execution I mean the following: the preparation of the surface of the shoe, the glue application and placement of stones. Anything done well by hand will always be superior to the mass-produced factory result so opting for bespoke crystallization should ensure that you will end up with the most durable and quality crystal shoes. Ever notice how factory hot-fix applied crystals seem to fall off the shoe that are displayed at the department stores? Even from the top luxury brands ( which shall remain unnamed)….that is because those crystals have been hot-fixed to the uppers before the upper was actually put on the last and shaped into a shoe, which of course during the production damages some stones and dislodges them. The chemical compound of the hot-fix glue is also different and while it is very strong it is generally less flexible than E-6000 that if used properly has the ability to mold to the shoe shape and hold the stones strongly in place.
Manolo Blahnik Swarovski shoes - custom work By Konstantin
The equally important element is: Wear.
It is, however worth mentioning that swarovski crystal shoes are meant to be enjoyed and they are such pleasure to wear that it ultimately is all about having great experience NOW and having fun wearing them.
The third important element of swarovski durability is: Design.
More unusual and intricate designs that require swarovski crystal stones to be placed on a protruding elements such as edges, sculptural elements, figures and moving parts will see more potential wear and tear. But that will largely depend on the individual who is handling the shoes.
By Konstantin Team