Saturday, June 13, 2009

Shoe Shopping in California is Super Fun!

My first day in the Bay area of my vacation I ended up at the Nieman Marcus Last Call store in the Great Mall. Last Call, of course, is the super clearance discounted outlet store of Neiman Marcus, similar to Saks Off 5th. Let me just say first that the selection at the Last Call is WAY different than the selection at a Saks Off 5th. That's not to say you can't find good stuff at both - you absolutely can. But Saks Off 5th doesn't have Manolos.

Yes, I tried on a pair... a few actually. But I only got pictures of one.

Yup, the first pair of Manolo Blahniks I have ever tried on. Even on sale at Last Call, they are still too pricey for me. Looking at the selection of what they had, however I came to some conclusions:
  • In Manolo Blahnik terms, my 8.5 shoe size probably translates to a 9 or 9.5.
  • These suckers are WAY narrow.
  • The design did not impress me as much as the price tag would dictate.
  • I will probably never own a pair of Manolo Blahniks because the sizing is so funky and the design does not justify the price at all (after all, the above shoe is basically a heeled jelly).
So on to the slightly cheaper shoes but arguably cooler styles:

These Rock And Republic shoes were just yummy. Sadly they were not comfortable enough for me to consider taking them home. They were quite high, to put it mildly. But I love the color and the combination of the patent and suade.

Now, I did almost walk away with these:

Aside from some Ed Hardy flats these were the only shoes I tried on under $100 on sale. The Sam Edelman Mariella's felt great my first night there but not as much the next day when I went back to check them out again. I decided the size was just a little small. However, they can also be purchased for slightly more money at Zappos. I may end up getting them there because at least with Zappos I can return them easily if I decide they aren't worth it. I'm holding back, though. I did just get those Born shoes - though I am in need of a different pair of silver dress shoes. And these ones had a slightly purple cast to them making them just that much more ME.

Is it strange that the shoes I liked the most are actually the cheapest and most attainable?

Almost forgot...
Yes, the L.A.M.B. Tammy shoes I was stalking were there as well. But now that I have my Chinese Laundry Love Me knockoffs I didn't even bother trying them on. What's the point? I already own the true bargain.

On a non-shoe related note, the same trip to Last Call also was beneficial: I discovered that those Salvage shirts I liked actually do fit me - but would definitely fit me better if I were just a bit smaller. Therefore I will wait.

The one I'm wearing in the above picture is a size "L". See how the tummy is just a bit too obvious? 10 to 15 lbs... that's all. I'm sure. And another sale on Hautelook.