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After braving lines and crowds at the Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik sample sales last year (not to mention Jimmy Choo for H&M), we thought we'd check in on the post-holiday sales at their respective boutiques for a comparison report. Jimmy Choo is offering 50% offFall/Winter shoes and bags while Manolo Blahnik is offering 1/3 off Fall/Winter shoes.
First stop, the Jimmy Choo flagship on Madison, where the half-off sale is taking place upstairs. Shoppers may be waiting for the next sample sale, as we were pretty much the only people up there perusing the well-displayed goods under the watchful and hawk-like gaze of a chilly staffer. Shoes started around $247.50 for classic camel and black pumps to over $700 for the more embellished and flashy numbers, but most were in the $300-$400ish range. Black booties and "shooties" caught our eye, but prices ran from $497.50 for the mesh and studded Karla to $697.50 for the strappy peep toe Kassidy and there were very few sizes left. Bags are also 50% off, but still run from the $600 range up into the thousands. Clutching our wallets, we decided to try our luck at the Manolo sale.
The Manolo Blahnik boutique was definitely more populated than Jimmy Choo, and the environment was a bit more welcoming. The majority of the store is populated with sale shoes—pumps (rich suedes, python and more), strappies (studded, stiletto, satin, to name a few), booties (we were salivating over studded stilettos and fringed peep toe suede in black and purple), and boots. Provided you have the budget, everything there could take you from winter through to spring. The fine folks in charge made the math (and labeling) easy by discretely placing charts with discounted prices throughout the store (full price list in photos). With the discount, shoes start at $385, booties around $620 and boots around $705. The store will also be increasing the discount to 50% off most likely the week of January 18th.
Last August, Jimmy Choo sample sale prices started at $250 a pair. Also, thanks to the fashion blogosphere, the formerly private Manolo Blahnik sample sale (where shoes ran from $100 to $350 a pair and boots $150 to $500) is not so private anymore. Bottom line: Unless Santa gave you a big holiday bonus this year or you're dying for a specific style, wait for the sample sales.
·Dealfeed: Jimmy Choo [Racked]
·Dealfeed: Manolo Blahnik [Racked]
·Before the Fray: Inside the Jimmy Choo Preview [Racked]
·Above the Fray: Manolo Sale is a Well-Oiled Machine [Racked]