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Any pop-up shop that provides booze-soaked chocolates and discounted designer shoes is a winner in our book, so we stopped in at the Bailey's Irish Cream pop-up at 421 West Broadway when it opened today. The space is large and luxurious, equipped with chocolaty brown, tan, and red suede couches, ottomans, and red-ribboned bottles of Baileys. It feels more like an art gallery than a store, but the goods on display are all heels, boots and booties from labels like Farylrobin, Casadei, Vanessa Noel, and Seven For All Mankind. Then again, it also feels like a giant, 3D Bailey's ad, what with the free truffles and the bottles and logos lining the walls.
The selection is not large, and we saw more pumps and booties than boots. The store feels a little too big for the amount of inventory, especially because the shop will not be restocking (everything was donated by the designers). While some styles have ten pairs ranging from sizes 6-10 (half-sizes included), we found only one pair for other styles, usually in size 7.5. But since everything is a jaw-droppingly low $75 and the proceeds go to nonprofit Clothes Off Our Back, these are just minor quibbles. We saw one pair of black patent leather Sergio Rossi pumps that made us catch our breath—sadly, these were of the one-pair-only ilk. The shop is also are auctioning off Bailey's-inspired one-of-a-kind shoes designed by Farylrobin, Casadei, Vanessa Noel, Rafe, Shree Moni, and Alejandro Ingelmo.
Store hours are 11am—7pm, and the shop will stay open through Friday. If you are in need of a certain type of shoe, this is not the shopping venture for you. However, if you could use another cute pair lining your closet, take a peek. Worst comes to worse, you'll spend $75 buying a cute extra pair of shoes while helping out a good cause.—Lauren Frankfort
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