Wishlist Wednesday – Aquazzura Tutto Buckle Bootie

So I don’t want to think about fall but as summer draws to a close it’s inevitable.  Everywhere you look there are boots.  Don’t get me wrong I love my boots but I am just not ready to let go of summer.  Luckily, most shoe designers these days do transitional very well and Aquazzura is basically the master which is why these booties made me do a double take.  It doesn’t hurt that they are leopard either.   LEOPARD is always a good idea!          imagePhoto: Level Shoe District

It’s that time of year again

It is that time of year again.   It feels like the sales are starting a bit earlier this year.   But maybe that is because Memorial Day Weekend is earlier this year.  This is the time of year when just about all of spring/summer items go on sale.  I released some tips around Black Friday sales that I thought were worth sharing again.

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Presale – This is probably the most civilized way to shop the sales. If you have a relationship with a salesperson at any department or shoe store ask them when the store begins pre-selling items that will be on sale. Frankly, you should ask even if you don’t have a relationship. Then select what you like and the salesperson will ring them when the sale starts. No fighting, no fuss. Continue reading

Wishlist Wednesday – Gianvito Rossi Lace Sandals

Today’s Wishlist Wednesday pick is a pair of Gianvito Rossi lace sandals.   These sandals are romantic and whimsical all at the time with just the right amount of sexiness.  I find myself falling deeper and deeper in love with the fan back that Rossi is doing with a lot of his pumps.  The combination of the lace and the fan back is just spectacular with this shoe.  I think they would be perfect paired with a little black dress for Valentine’s Day dinner or even leather leggings for a night on the town.

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Wishlist Wednesday – Francesco Russo Blue Suede Flame Sandal

So please forgive me but I am having a bit of a love affair with Francesco Russo at the moment.  He shoes are just so sexy to me.  So this week’s Wishlist Wednesday pick is another Francesco Russo confection and trust me it is worth it.  I don’t really love blue and I have never really fancied (sorry I am writing from London this week) a pair of blue suede shoes.  But these shoes have me thinking twice.  You tell me…am I crazy? I don’t think so.

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The most wonderful time of the year!

As everyone else prepares for the upcoming holidays I am preparing for the sales.  You see the sales for me are just as synonymous of the holidays as turkey is to Thanksgiving or a tree is to Christmas.  This is the time of year when just about everything goes on sale and I make it a point to snag the shoes or boots that I have been coveting all season. But so does ever other woman.  So I have developed a strategy for making sure that I get my shoes.  Here are a few tips that help me navigate the sales both in store and online and hopefully will be useful to you as well.

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Presale – This is probably the most civilized way to shop the sales. If you have a relationship with a salesperson at any department or shoe store ask them when the store begins pre-selling items that will be on sale.  Frankly, you should ask even if you don’t have a relationship.  Then select what you like and the salesperson will ring them when the sale starts.  No fighting, no fuss.

Wish List – Most online sites have a wish list function so for pete’s sake use it. Add the shoes you want to your wish list and once the sale actually starts simply add the items you want to your cart and checkout.  This will prevent you from going through all of the sale items and making any unnecessary purchases.  This is an extremely useful tip when shopping the Net-a-Porter sale. If the site doesn’t have a wish list, adding items to your cart can be just as useful.  Just be careful because some sites will erase your carts. But most don’t and it is worth taking the chance to get the shoes you want.

Hit the Store – Yes I know there are going to be some of you who just can’t help yourselves and must go in for the kill and hit up the sales in person.  If you must, try to go during hours that won’t be as busy.  Early mornings can be good unless you are going the first day of sale.  Think the line outside Bergdorfs on the first day of the shoe sale.  Avoid lunchtime like the plague because every other woman has the same idea. Instead of your late afternoon coffee break, go shoe shopping instead. The rush you get will be better than a cup of coffee I promise. My ultimate favorite time to go is an hour or so before closing.  Most stores have cleared out by then and you can peruse the sale racks without having to wrestle that perfect shoe away from another shopper.

Spend the weekend developing your strategy and get your shoes!