So I have a thing for shoes. Luxury shoes. And by a thing, I mean, if shoes had rights they would easily be entitled to some sort of restraining order against me. We are talking stage five clinger. And while this obsession is unhealthy for so many other reasons (as in I have borderline OCD), the main problem is the damage this obsession can do to my pocketbook. Think Carrie Bradshaw: “I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes.” So in order to prevent my husband from going bonko, I have to stalk these babies out for prices that don’t give one heart palpitations.
Which brings me to my gems. Three pairs of shoes bought on three separate shopping occasions, all three purchased at three different Barney’s New York Outlets. Now there are days when I go to the outlet and the only footwear available bear Barney’s own brand name (which are pretty fabulous on their own accord). But, the Barney’s Outlet is the only outlet store I have ever been in where, if you come at the right time on the right day, dozens of fabulous luxury shoes are on display at deeply discounted prices.
So just what type of markdowns are we talking about here? Think the Barney’s Warehouse Sale plus, plus. Don’t believe me? Here is my proof:
From left to right: Alexander Wang lace-up sandals – regularly priced $695. My price? $269. Manolo Blahnik sandals – regularly priced $695. My price? Under $200. And my most prized gem: Christian Louboutin booties – regularly priced $1,050. My price? Under $200. NO JOKE. Although, I am pretty sure I was the beneficiary of a pricing mistake made on that last pair, but that story is for another time…
So for less than the cost of ONE pair of these babies, I nabbed three. And each time I had to play eeinie-meenie-miney-moe to decide what pair to get. Alexander Wang had a tough battle this last trip. There were some Dries Van Noten sandals that I still dream about at night. Anyway, you are looking at the winners. What? Do you know a better way to make that kind of a choice? It’s like picking your favorite child! Or so I imagine…
The point of all this? Get thee to a Barney’s New York Outlet. Be tenacious. Be patient. And prepare yourself for some tough decisions…
The Law of Fashion
December 5th, 2011Guest Writer, Heels, Law of Fashion, Shoes