There are few unspoken rules when you go sample sale. Arrive early to get the best selection (and if you think you’re early–arrive fifteen minutes earlier), grab everything you think you may want and decide later, and always bring plenty of credit cards, just in case your usual one acts up. You have to make big choices in the heated moment of a sample sale, because there’s no coming back a week later. I thought I was doing well by telling myself that I was only going to spend a maximum of $400 at the Christian Louboutin sample sale last week, but somehow that didn’t happen. (Does it ever?)
The day of the sale, I arrived a minute before the doors opened and was immediately faced with stacks and stacks of signature Louboutin boxes. The rows were separated by size, and before walking over to mine, there were stacks of boot boxes. I grabbed the last box in my size without even looking at them and kept walking. In my row, it was just me and one other girl looking through the endless boxes that contained loafers, wedges, booties, platform pumps, single-sole pumps and slingback heels.
After opening each box and putting aside everything I wanted to try on, I had a stack piled up to my mid-thigh. I’ve never been so happy to be a size 35 because the rows for larger sizes were packed, and my row had a mirror and a chart that displayed the prices for each style. I put back the platform pumps, the slingbacks and the wedges, and when I tried on the “I Love My Loubies” leopard loafers, they were the perfect flat to match my style and were on sale for $350. A shoe that is the essence of me and within my budget–score!
I put back a few more pairs of shoes, and the last thing I had to try on were the boots. As it turns out, they were an all black over-the-knee leather boot, and they were beautiful. I tried them on, and after looking at myself in the mirror, I knew that I didn’t just want them, I needed them. It’s a classic that I’ll always have, and they were simply too beautiful to leave behind. This Armurabotta over-the-knee boot retailed for $1,795, and they were on sale for $500!
The only problem, of course, was that I had already nearly maxed out my budget on a pair of loafers I really loved. I decided to be spontaneous and a bit irresponsible and buy both; the prices were just too good to pass up. I left the sale nervous and giddy all at the same time, but in the end, I knew I made the right choice. Two pairs of Louboutins for $925 is easily the best shoe deal I’ve ever gotten.
Now that I’ve said my spiel, I want to turn things over to you: what’s your best shoe deal of all time?