Monday, May 12, 2014

Inside the Best Ever Louboutin Sample Sale

You might need an invite and a confirmed RSVP to get into the Christian Louboutin sample sale but that didn't stop our spies from getting inside. This morning, we infiltrated the super VIP sale and have can report that "this is the best sale yet."



This season, the Louboutin sale has moved across the street from the designer's showroom to a larger ground floor retail space. The merchandise is organized into three different sections-- women's shoes, women's bags and men's shoes. The larger space makes it much easier to shop and try on shoes.

While shopping the first VIP day of the sale, our spy spotted Stephanie March (of Law and Order fame). Thankfully, she wasn't hoarding shoes by the dozen, unlike past celebrity encounters.

The highlight of the sale is undoubtedly the broad selection of wearable and basic shoes. Usually, the Louboutin sample sale is overstocked with quirky and wacky designer niche shoes. This season, however, the inventory consists of lots of basics such as Pigalle pumps and peep toes in a variety of colors, including nude. There are also a Pigalle spikes in a variety of colors. The sale has a nice assortment of wedges, sandals and a large variety of flats.

The prices are the same as they have been for the past several seasons. Most of the stock falls within the $300 "blue sticker" range. There is a $250 "yellow sticker" category but nobody was lucky to find anything that inexpensive. Jeweled encrusted, Strass, are intermixed with the rest of the stock and are among the most expensive styles at $500 a pair. Some of the most popular shoes at the sample sale were the Yacht shoes with spikes, which look like Topsiders with ... spikes and Intern flats, which look like smoking slippers with ... spikes. The sale also has an assortment of Galias, which resemble common espadrilles with crest patches.

The best selection is within the size 39s and 40s and the smallest selection is the half sizes. Those with the very smallest of feet will also find a healthy assortment of choices. Those who don't fall into either of these size extremes, will still find plenty of shoes but may not have as many options.

The bag selection is larger than usual. A majority of the inventory is from this past winter collection and contains oversized totes with spikes, clutches, iPad cases with spikes and spiky wallets. There was also a nice selection of Sweet Charity bags, which are the mini shoulder bags with a bow closure.

Our spies didn't notice very much hoarding but there were a few shady shoppers who were asked to leave after getting caught swapping price stickers. This season, sample sale customers are limited to five pairs of shoes and two bags. The sales help is very sweet and helpful but the lack of air-conditioning was a huge complaint.

Sometimes, the sacrifice of air-conditioning is the price one must pay for discounted Louboutins. You can click here to see a few haul pictures from the sale.

Christian Louboutin Sample Sale
Through Friday, May 16
Daily 9am to 5pm, Fri. 9am to 3pm
311 W. 38th St. (bet. 8th & 9th Ave.)









24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, thank you for the updates. I did RSVP to my invite through email and got a confirmation, but mine said Thursday. :-( Do you know whether the date could be flexible? I can't wait!
Went last year, was not very impressed. Only got one pair that I liked. But again I was there on the third day of the sale I believe. Thank you very much!
Will post update about my experience.

Lila Delilah said...

I would imagine that a lot of the best items will be gone by Thursday but i've always had luck finding even one thing during the final days. Good Luck! Report Back!

Anonymous said...

My invite says Thursday as well. Judging from the line that started as early as 530 am today, do you think I should camp out that early? Or since most are gone by then...I will definitely report back!

Lila Delilah said...

Was there really a line at 5:30am today???

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Anonymous said...

who do i email to get invited?
its right around the corner from my job.

Anonymous said...

Can't say for sure if there was a line that early, but someone tweeted that early saying there was a line (!)- yep I monitor and stalk the social media universe for this!

DKK777D said...
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DKK777D said...

How can I get an invite?? Can I just walk in?? Help!!

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Jessica Zelvin said...

How do we get an invite???

Anonymous said...

I would like to go on thursday or Friday . Please help

Anonymous said...

I will even pay

Jco said...

Each customer is allowed 5 pairs.

Boobs in Boyland said...

Do you think that I should show up that early on Thursday!! I was hoping to pop in at 9 and be done with the whole thing by 9:30?

Lila Delilah said...

I highly doubt that you will be in and hour in less than 2 hours.

E.Kammeyer Accessories said...

I went yesterday, absolutely no line. I wear a 41/41 1/2 and the options were great. I bought a pair of flat smoking slippers with spikes (I never find smoking slippers at the sale) as well as a pair of flat espadrilles and a great pair of color blocked lace up booties. Selection is outstanding compared to years passed.

Lila Delilah said...

See, best ever wasn't an exaggeration!

Anonymous said...

I got in this afternoon without an invitation. Selection has definitely dwindled from photos posted from the first day. There are still shoes available in common sizes, but there isn't much variety in styles. I have larger feet, so there were a couple of good styles left in my size. The basic shoes that everyone said were available seem to be gone now; I checked sizes 37-41 and only saw one pair of nude leather pumps.

Anonymous said...

I went on ay 12th and it was so overwhelming I grabbed 2 pairs both in a size 40 when I am an 8.5 US. I want to sell a beautiful nude patent leather wedge

Anonymous said...

Continuing from previous comment- if anyone is interested in nude patent leather pump, comment your email and I will contact you

Michelle J said...

The Saks online Memorial Day sale is a major disappointment. Many of the shoes on sale were extremely limited before the sale began so finding only 1 or 2 sizes available in many styles is not uncommon. With the exception of Marc Jacobs, high end handbags are almost non-existent. I'm reluctant to check apparel because chances are, that will be equally as non-climactic.
NOTHING I put in my shopping cart Sunday is on sale!

Alex said...

You're so luck to get an invite! I would LOVE to go!!! Thanks for posting.

Amber W said...

Hi All,

Anyone know if this is happening again this year?

Any tips on getting an invitation?

Thanks!