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Last February's Barneys Warehouse Sale was a little disappointing, as our fashion student friends from this morning's lineblog kept pointing out. Well, ladies, this time around, it's game on as the antsy crowd quickly descended upon the shoe section within seconds of the opening. Guess everyone got the survival guide memo about hitting the shoes first.
Yes, there are some repeats from past sales, and hell to the yes, the crowds are unapologetically insane, but this is like a bi-annual rite of passage—you'll always find yourself coming back. As we battled our way through the sizes to get the lowdown on brands and pricing, we immediately experienced some Alexander Wang deja vu upon discovering the Abby black high heel sandals ($199 from $495) and the lower heeled grey suede Jac sandal ($159 from $395).
Also spotted: Marc by Marc Jacobs dark sequin heels ($109 from $449), Marni platform clog sandals in brown and grey ($279 from $710), Loeffler Randall cut-out grey suede booties ($249 from $625), Pierre Hardy blue wide strap sandals ($480 from $1020), Jean-Michel Cazabat slingback hidden platform gold patterned peep-toes ($240.53 from $595), Prada studded booties ($349) and Chanel black and white 40's style peep-toe platforms ($349 from $875).
We also found a grouping of Derek Lam featuring jewel toned peep-toe and wooden wedge heels ($279 from $690), burgundy suede platform gladiator heels ($319 from $790), and platform black ankle boots ($354.43 from $890). If you're not obsessed with designer labels, fall deals are to be found from the Barneys Co-op line: A pair of black booties with a studded heel ($153.43), black mesh shooties with a studded ankle strap ($179 from $460), and beige suede booties with studding (similar to Isabel Marant's oft-copied pair for $199 from $500).
Yes, of course you're dying to know about the holy trinity: Manolo, Louboutin and Lanvin. Manolos and Loubies were sprinkled in throughout the shelves and we didn't come across a ton. We did however find Manolo delicate strappy stilettos ($329 from $815), lace with ribbon ankle tie strap peep-toes ($396 from $915), and sexy moto high heel boots with studding ($562 from $1395). As for Loubies, we were in the midst of getting pricing on a pair of lace boots when another shopper snatched it out from under us. We did see a pair of mesh peep-toe heels ($379 from $945). Most of the Loubies were in the size 9 and up (we witnessed a smug definitely-not-size-7.5 girl sitting with a bag full of red soled shoes) and we found most Lanvin in 9.5 and 10.
A bunch of Lanvin shoes were conveniently displayed next to each other. We saw pointy toe pink metallic stilettos ($353 from $880), gold python round toe platforms ($689 from $1735), gold and beige leather twisted with heavy metal heels ($519 from $1305), and a sick pair of black patent and leather wedge ankle boots ($573.53 from $1440).
Also, any shoes with a "blue stamp" are an additional 25% off. The shoes were being continuously ravaged throughout the morning and the determined shoppers have their elbows out. The rush may have temporarily subsided for mid-morning, but if you haven't been yet, ready yourself for the lunch time onslaught.
· After February's Poor Showing, the Barneys Line Bounces Back [Racked]
· The Ultimate Barneys Survival Guide [Racked]