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We already teased you with a six-paragraphs-short "mini" on day one menswear at the Barneys Warehouse Sale, but we know you want more—you're merely human, after all. So buckle your seatbelt because we're going through the sale by category and no detail is too minute.

Shoes: Not quite the fantasy wonderland we were hoping for. There are fewer racks, and they aren't packed. We spotted very few sneakers beyond a smattering of basic Vans and some Nike, Converse and Creative Recreation. Otherwise, note the many, many, many pairs of saddle shoes and wingtips. Most are house-brand and marked down about 50% off to around $200. Notables included a few odd pairs from Florsheim by Duckie Brown. The coppery brogues with all-over perforations were $119 (from $425) while the mustard yellow wingtip was $189 (from $395). We also spotted turquoise bucks and cream saddles. Two pairs of Armani oxfords really spoke to us—one chocolate brown wingtip was inset with tan perforated leather ($359 from $745); another was fashioned from woven stripes of leather ($339 from $695). A purposely-scuffed oxford by Margiela in cream was $520 (from $1125). Jil Sander's version—a matte nude, no scuffs—was $289 (from $595).

Jeans: The first pair we happened upon was a Max fit by Acne for only $79—but we never saw any other pairs by the label. That said, you couldn't miss the slew on offer from Levi's. Most were Capital E, slim, dark and $59 (from $185). There were also a glut of Nudie jeans—mostly in raw denim—for $149 (from $298). We loved a mouse gray pair of slim and straights by John Varvatos Star USA—only $99 (from $198). Rag & Bone was well-represented: A slim, selvedge pair was marked down to $119 (from $230). For a few dollars less, over-dyed navy jeans by Helmut Lang were $113 (from $275). The best deal in the house had to be hard jeans by Spurr—they were only $79 (from $325). We also spotted True Religion (yuck), Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Naked & Famous.

Casual Pants: The bins are packed with offerings from NSF, Vince and John Varvatos Star USA. Otherwise, we liked light weight cerulean trousers ($73 from $128) and sage green liberty-floral jeans ($109 from $228), both by Marc by Marc Jacobs. For work: A great pair of micro-houndstooth slacks by Theory were $119 (from $245); or navy twill chinos by Rag & Bone, also $119 (from $295). Probably not for work: Levi's cords for Opening Ceremony in dusty rose ($79 from $150).

Shirts: Lots of the usual suspects on these daunting, packed racks. In one small space we found three different anchor-themed shirts by three different labels: Steven Alan, Gitman Bros. and Massimo Alba. Elsewhere there is a lot of floral going on. We liked Theory's holly-theme in navy and white ($109 from $225); two different PS by Paul Smith graphic florals ($159 from $265); and a sort-of abstracted Hawaiian number in black and white by 3.1 Phillip Lim ($99 from $250). Not so into florals? A striped chambray by Band of Outsiders ($115 from $223), a grungy Richard Chai micro-tartan in teal and brown ($109 from $210); or any number of Steven Alan checks ($89 from $187) will probably fit the bill. But, our heart belongs to a check-free Steven Alan with big white-on-coffee polka dots. Marc by Marc shirts are $79 (from $169)—there are tribal prints, liberty florals, and tile-like graphic patchworks. Oh, and check Michael Bastian's weak copy of Margiela's chainlink.

Outerwear: There is a lot of leather—it's a separate section! Peep private label, Nice Collective, Rag & Bone, Andrew Marc, Elie Tahari, Etro, Burberry. Our favorites were a mouse gray sort-of-moto shirt jacket by Neil Barrett ($917 from $2282), and a shearling-lined suede peacoat in midnight blue by Michael Bastian ($499 from $3000). In non-leather options we spotted Marc by Marc Jacobs trenches and safari jackets in assorted tartans, windbreakers by Theory, puffers by Nice Collective, and a windowpane-check wool bomber by Phillip Lim ($329 from $550) that we nearly bought back in February. A very heavy, sort-of-ombré Elizabeth & James blazer ($240) and a bunch of Co-op branded faux-Moncler's might've been the warmest bets. But screw warmth: We especially loved a light tartan anorak by Burkman Bros. ($109 from $210) and a Jil Sander blazer-peacoat-morph in navy viscose ($649 from $1845).

Knits: Lots of Marc by Marc, Nice Collective, Bamford & Sons, Paper Denim & Cloth, Trovata, Loomstate, John Varvatos, NSF, plus one lonely bit of Watanabe. In cashmere: A Band of Outsiders rugby with odd 1999 boob-enhancing stripes ($193 from $475); a low-cut cardigan in mint by Trovata ($186 from $465); a cornflower and charcoal striped crewneck by Theory ($106). Also of note: An over-sized angora cardigan by Richard Chai ($213 from $319); McQueen's loose-knit cotton grandpa cardigan in oatmeal with brown leather buttons ($499 from $1275); and Marc by Marc's crazy stripe-inset argyle. A colorless, collarless pique polo from Raf by Raf Simons was only $59; Trovata's version, in magenta, was $49 (from $98). Other bargains: A slew of long-sleeved tees in patchwork conductor's stripes by Rogan and tribal print Phillip Lim tees, all for $59 each.

The Other Room: How about ten feet of Band of Outsiders suits—three styles and still $1000 (from $2225). Or super-old, also-ran (but still beautiful) Margiela shirting in graphic prints and paisleys ($180 from $449)? Even super-older: A green Prada shirt printed in tiny hearts and spotted at three Barneys Warehouse Sales and counting ($184). It was surrounded by lots of much newer Prada, so we'll let it slide. We really loved a jean jacket with red, white and blue trim. It was from Levi's collaboration with Jean-Paul Gaultier and $189 (from $385). If you're into the Row, there's a fair amount; likewise for Loden Dager outerwear, Armani and McQueen (sequined cardigans and tapestry-trimmed trousers included). And suits? Absolutely tons are available. A house-brand black blazer with pewter buttons will run you $299 (from $599); and a charcoal Hickey Freeman suit with blueish pinstripes is $599 (from $1295).

The Cheapest Thing: Private label ribbon belts in at least five color options: $9.

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Barneys Warehouse Sale

110 West 19th Street, New York , NY 10011 212-450-8400 Visit Website

Rogan

330 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 646 827 7567

Band of Outsiders

70 Wooster St, New York, NY 10012 Visit Website

Rag & Bone

160 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 718-522-6758 Visit Website

Opening Ceremony

35 Howard Street, New York, NY 10013 (212) 219-2688 Visit Website

Marc Jacobs Collection

385 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012 212 343 1490 Visit Website

Acne Studios

33 Greene Street, New York, NY 10013 (212) 334-8345 Visit Website

3.1 Phillip Lim

115 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012 (212) 334-1160 Visit Website

255 West 17th Street, New York, NY