U.S. holiday retail sales this year grew at the weakest pace since 2008, when the nation was in a deep recession. In 2012, the shopping season was disrupted by bad weather and consumers' rising uncertainty about the economy.
Forget the down-at-its-heels economy, women are still head-over-heels for outlandish designer shoes. Many are willing to pay more than $1,000 for oh-so-fabulous footwear. The crazier, the scarier, the stranger, the better.