Time out from food/flower posts for something I know at least a few of you were just hoping I would featureâ€¦ a little (?!) New York City shoe splurge! I have to admit I was rather surprised by the number of shoe enthusiasts/fetishists among Marketmanila.com readers following my Florence shoe splurge post last year. I even got private emails asking me to photograph Mrs. MMâ€™s and The Kidâ€™s shoes from the same shop and post them which I never got around to doing! I did so well last year buying nearly every color of driving shoe in Italy that I really couldnâ€™t in good conscience look at a casual shoe for myself on this entire trip to New York (that doesnâ€™t count sneakers though, which I have had great difficulty buying an 11 and Â½ size in Manila, so I stocked up on those). So luckily for Marketmanilaâ€™s female readers, this post is about womenâ€™s shoesâ€¦ You never know when serendipity will strike shoewise, so you just have to be open to the possibilitiesâ€¦ A trip to the Johnny Sea Cargo office to get cardboard boxes, and a stop around the corner at Elvieâ€™s turo-turo (post in the days ahead) led to browsing at a store window that had interesting designer items featured. A quick trip into the store unearthed a potential treasure trove of goodiesâ€¦
Lined up along the walls open shelves with boxes and boxes of name brand shoes, arranged by size. Turns out this store purchases closeout sales and on this given day, a LOT of the shoes appeared to have come from the previous 1-3 seasons of shoes from the department store BERGDORF GOODMAN! Yikes, talk about potential JACKPOT! If I died and were ever reincarnated as a salesman, I would want to be assigned to BERGDORF GOODMAN, really. Oh, but then again, maybe LA GRANDE EPICERIE in PARIS would be nice tooâ€¦but I digress. A quick glance yielded some familiar names, even for me â€“ Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, among dozens of names I have never even heard of! Frankly, this was credit card burnout material, if you ask meâ€¦ So while the â€œgirlsâ€ were browsing, I headed over to the menâ€™s clothing racks and was shocked to see David Cenci, Malo, Zegna, private label Bergdorf Goodman linen shirts, jackets, vests, etc., all at 60-80% off their original prices! At any rate, Mrs. MM had trouble finding stuff in her size at first, but there is just something about shoe shopping that once the â€œtipping pointâ€ is breached, it seems shoe after shoe after shoe looks appealingâ€¦ And I have to warn you, this is the Imelda shoe ukay-ukay equivalent. No certainty here, no gurarantee you will find something you like. There was a lot of crap. But hidden gems were of course awaiting a post on Marketmanilaâ€¦ heehee. Thankfully, the total shoe count at this store was just 5 pairs, despite the 70+% discounts, it was still a substantial billâ€¦
From left to right, Mrs. Marketman found this very smart looking pair of Silvia Fiorentina pumps in a light tan with an off white stitching on it. Very dignified, if you ask me. She needed some â€œyou take me seriously, nowâ€¦â€ shoes and this fit the bill. Original price $280 marked down to $125 and we bargained it down to $90 or so. Yes, tawad allowed at this store if you are bulk buyersâ€¦ :) Saved 70% there, not counting 8+% tax on shoes over $110 bucks. Next find, a pair of suede half boots(?) in black with a contrasting light blue stitch. Perfect for travel in the spring or fall, these sleek shoes were from Lambertson Truex, originally $365, marked down to $150 and bargained down to $120, saved 70% againâ€¦ The third find is a pair of sandals in dark brown leather from Proenza Schouler, originally prized at a whopping $445, marked down to $150, and bargained down even further, saved close to 80% there.
The Kid, whose feet are now a full size larger than Mrs. MM, was totally amazed by the choices, but they were kinda â€œoldâ€ for her, if you know what I mean. She got a kick trying on high heels but as I said to her, until you can carry them like you mean it, you canâ€™t buy themâ€¦ so, what does she end up with? This pair of really cool sandals with naturally died red leather straps. Turns out they are a stunning pair from Robert Clergerie, originally priced at $340 but we got them for over 75% off that. Finally, Mrs. Marketman got a fourth pair, the utter buy of the day, a beautiful pair of dark or chocolate brown Christian Louboutin pumps with a long strap that wind around oneâ€™s ankles. With the classic bright red soles, these shoes are legendary among those for whom these matters matter. This pair was originally marked at $725 (gosh, even I agree that is utterly unconscionable) and we got it for over 75% off that. Oh, and did I mention, they have handbags as well? Also at 50-75% off. And I didnâ€™t do too badly either. Two summery linen shirts, one from Ermenegildo Zegna and another the house label of Bergdorf Goodman, both in THE light green color of the season, for 75% off original prices. The store? GABAYâ€™S at 225 First Avenue, NY NY 10003. Between 13th and 14th Streets, (212) 254-3180. Itâ€™s hit or miss, but that day, letâ€™s just say it was a MAJOR NUCLEAR HIT!
About a week later, we also hit a private sale of a shoe line called Delman. Let me explain this. My sister, who lives in New York, gets notices of when all the sample, warehouse, end of season sales occur. This is an organized business and people who are on their mailing lists get postcards announcing what amounts to New York Cityâ€™s best insider sales. If you know someone in New York, make sure they let you know when the sales areâ€¦ I had never heard of Delman but it seems to be a major supplier to some of the snootier department stores. This sale, held in a mid-town showspace, had HUNDREDS, if not THOUSANDS of brand new pairs of shoes, market down 60-80% on the last day of the sale (surreptitiously taken photo here of the sale area). The Kid went a little wild here. She is becoming a real shopper and there is something both scary and amusing about watching her â€œattackâ€ the rows upon rows of shoes in boxes stacked on the floor. I just sat on the sidelines watching her view, try, pick, test, walk in dozens of different pairs of shoes. The price points here started at $30 and up and this was more her comfort zone (not to mention Dadâ€™s!). She ended up with several pairs from sandals to flats to more formal shoes. She had been eyeing heels all throughout the trip, so when she spotted a sample shoe marked down 90% and which had a one or 1.5 inch heel, she had this look like, â€œpleaasssse.â€ Go figure. At least she carries them well. Never buy at full retail in New York. And when your own “princess” starts shopping at the same shoe stores as her mother, kiss your retirement nest egg goodbye. :)