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>> 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.

Mj_bootsNeiman 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.   

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