The Christian Louboutin invite only sample sale kicked off yesterday with VIP appointments. We headed over in the afternoon and found an atmosphere that could almost be described as civilized compared to the usual press days which always start with at least an hour wait in the sleet or rain.
The sale is currently well stocked with a assortment of red sole shoes from various seasons including current boot styles. Over course there are the obvious over-the-top Louboutin styles but there is also a good assortment of Ron Ron pumps in various colors. Fellow shoppers included B and C-list celebrities like Miss Universe and Amanda Lepore.
Prices typically run in the same range as last season. Shoes on the racks start at $250 and run up to $500+. Naturally, the $250 category was either snatched up by the 8am appointments or so unattractive that we didn't even notice them. The most desirable styles were in the $350 category. Classic style boots were $500 from a retail price of about $1000 or more.
In addition to the shoes on the racks, there is a table of the Louboutin sparkly party shoes that are priced at $900. The retail prices for these gems usually start at about $2500. There is also a selection of croc and lizard styles that are shown to customers individually.
Although Louboutin isn't known for their handbag selection you will not want to skip grabbing a few of his girly accessories. Box clutches are $100 and larger hobo styles are $200.
While you're browsing around don't miss inspecting the details on the shoe boxes. We were humored by the documentation that provides a shoe's history. Some boxes were marked display, return or with the name of the celeb that last borrowed the shoe.
The Christian Louboutin sale is by appointment only for the remainder of the week. Starting Monday invited press and company friends who have RSVPed will likely wait on line for hours to grab whatever is left. For those who are lucky enough to get in, play it cool. It's never attractive to have a shoe-gasim in public.
Christian Louboutin Sample Sale
Monday, November 12 through Wednesday, November 14
Mon & Tues dam-6pm, Wed 9am-1pm
306 West 38th Street, 4th Floor @ 8th Ave
Credit cards only. No phones, no pics, no tweeting!