The Manolo Blahnik boutique's final clearance sale started Monday and we couldn't help from being the first scope out the deals. This sale is legendary for the plush discounts that tip 75% off. This season the markdowns are similar to prior seasons but the selection is much smaller. For this reason, we are calling this sale a 'Ma-no-no.'
As usual, the prices are marked by colored dots that start at $195 for very basic suede pumps and go up to $550 for high leather boots. We are a bit disappointed that only the most basic shoes were marked with blue dots ($195)-- these shoes are often the styles marked $100 at the sample sale.
Most of the selection had orange dots ($255), which is only $60 more but it seems to be a mental hurdle. We spotted one style of Hangisi, a satin open-toe slingback, that was offered in assorted colors. They are marked with a navy dot, which indicates that they are t$325 from $935. You can see an assortment of pictures right this way.
Unlike most years, women didn't have towers of boxes surrounding them as they tried on multiple styles. You can see why in the pictures in the jump. There aren't very many eye popping styles and some pairs we even recognize as being several seasons old.
There was no reported line to get in on Monday. Just be sure not to show up at 2pm, when the store closes to restock. Lets agree to understand that restocking means reorganizing the merchandise. The boutique sale does not usually receive new inventory throughout the sale.
31 West 54th Street
The boutique will close from 2pm to 3pm to restock