>> I decided to go on a mad shoe-shopping spree: I hit Designer Shoe Warehouse, Saks Off Fifth, and Neiman Marcus Last Call. Sometimes I have more fun shopping at outlet stores like those because they have an element of surprise -- at the regular Neiman Marcus, Saks, etc. you can expect the latest designer shoe collections. But at the outlet stores, they have a mishmash of random shoes, so it makes it more exciting to see what you can find. Also, I don't exactly have a golden fountain in my backyard, so no endless budget.
At DSW, I came across some red and fuschia suede Marc Jacobs wedges with a silver cloud shape on the outside. Cute, but still $200 -- too expensive for me to blow on what I consider a pair of funky fun shoes. Then I happened upon some black Donna Karans -- platform pumps, with two wide bands of black elastic criscrossing over the top of the foot. Now those were hot -- I carried them around the store while I looked at other shoes, just to pretend I was going to be taking them home with me. But alas, still $220 after all the discounts. Just. Couldn't. Do it.
Next was Saks Off Fifth. Automatically zeroed in on a pair of hunter green Prada loafers with stacked heels -- $180. Again, carried them around the store with me. Same reason as before. Hey, it makes me feel better to hold on to them for a while, what can I say.
Neiman Marcus Last Call -- my last hope. Found some tan Miu Miu open-toed platform slingbacks. It was like shoe shopping hell -- all these good shoes -- kind of on sale, right? It's a good deal, right? And then I saw them. Cobalt blue granny boots from Marc Jacobs. You could see the soft supple leather from a mile away. I think half the store watched me smell the boots. I can't help it, I love the smell of real leather. But wait, the best part -- they were $44. Less than 10 percent of the original price. And this is why I go discount shopping. It always works out in the end. Just cross your fingers that I'll get a little more cold weather so I can wear them before I have to wait until next fall.