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The Times takes their stab at the ongoing effort to understand why the heck women love shoes so much. In addition to profiles of the Manhattan department stores upping their shoe game is a little bit on why designer shoes cost so very much: "It is more expensive to make shoes now and it's for a very boring reason. There is a gap of raw materials and leather, which puts the prices up very high," said Christian Louboutin, whose production costs have doubled in the last five years. [Racked]