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Early this afternoon, we stopped by day two of the sample sale for Italian shoe brand Cesare Paciotti at their Midtown showroom. Since yesterday, the discount has gone up to 75% off retail prices, with a decent selection of men's, women's, and kids shoes, along with some of the brand's leather accessories.
All of the footwear has only the original price on the box, so you'll have to whip out your phone calculator to figure out the prices you'll see at the register. We've collected a smattering of price conversions for you here. Single-sole pumps in a variety of hues covered with small dots are $148.75 (from $595), a white-leather strapped heel with a decorative zipper in the back is $186.25 (from $745), and leather platform pumps with a snakeskin texture will run you the same price.
We saw a very high-heeled black bootie with lace-up cutouts on either side for $260 (originally $1,040). And one of our favorite styles was the high-heeled gladiator sandal—the mid-calf style is available in pink and orange for $211.25, while the to-the-knee in gold goes for $256.25 (originally $845 and $1,025, respectfully).
Unfortunately, there isn't a big selection of sizes available for—a sales associate told us that a lot of their stock sold yesterday. For example, we only saw those full-length gold gladiators in sizes 39 and 40 (they're European sizes, so know your conversion). While there are "maybe 20 pairs of shoes" not out on the floor right now, you can expect that if there's only one box out for a particular style, that's the only pair left.
While there are more sizes of each style in the men's section (which, strangely, are all marked in American sizes), we noticed that there's better luck for smaller-footed dudes. Among the men's offerings, there are slipper-style loafers in brown, black, navy, and burnt orange for $133 (originally $540) and sneakers ranging from $78.75 to $106.25 (were $315 to $425). The dressier styles of flat black leather shoes start at $157.50 (originally $630), while versions with some silver hardware and a bit of a heel range from $223.75 to $343.75 (compared to $895 to $1,375).
As for the other merchandise, there's a small selection of kid's sneakers from the brand's 4US line that go for $50 each. Handbags are priced as marked, and we saw tags in the range of $50 to $150. Belts are uniformly priced at $50, as are sunglasses at $49. Men's and women's leather wallets and keychains follow the format of the rest of the sale, each 75% off the retail price.
The showroom is in a midtown office building, so take the elevator to the ninth floor and make a left to get to the Cesare offices, where you'll have to check your bag upon entry. If you can hold off until tomorrow—the final day of the sale—an associate told us that the discount will jump up to 80% off. However, while the sale was pretty quiet when we stopped by, there's no guarantee of what sizes or styles will be left.—Laura Gurfein
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