The Non-Free Sale

The Non-Free Sale

"Liar liar pants on fire!"  I cower my head in shame… I SAID I wasn’t doing any sales shopping but then the Christmas money came and the greed was ignited inside of me.  But hear me out and my lame-o excuse… Disneyrollergirl reported that Liberty, my most beloved department store, might be in trouble again, with a possibility of closure.  I tremble in fear at the mere thought so I resolved to myself that if I was going to be splashing out, I’d do it at Liberty as opposed to over-crowded Selfridges – every little helps et all.  Eerily, when the boyf and I did get to Liberty yesterday, it was alarmingly quiet… pleasant… not at all like a sales battleground.  That of course makes for an excellent shopping environment for the slightly agoraphobic boyf and me but of course doesn’t bode well if a 75% sale isn’t drawing big crowds in. 

Still, I got to work and in the lush lush shoe lounge displayed in an old Cadbury’s wooden glass cabinet were these Miu Miu A/W08 sculpted heel sequinned shoes… 50% off down to ¬£229.  A lot of moolah to spend coming from a person who was NOT supposed to be doing the sales.  However after researching a bit, to find that these babies cost EUR389 online and at the current DIRE exchange rate (¬£=‚Ǩ… CRAZY…come to London, my Euro friends and have yourself a bargain…), I feel I made a wise decision snapping them up.  I was going to be wise and put away say ¬£50 a month when I first saw them back in Feb but clearly that never happened (ditto for a pair of Prada wing shoes too…) so this was the last ditch attempt.  Oh, and the boyf did much to encourage me by saying "You will weep if you don’t get them…".  Yes, I would have wept a little.  He is ringing in the death of my bank account… I’m plotting revenge by taking him to Shop at Bluebird today and making him buy something obsene…

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Steve J & Yoni P jacket, Topshop sheer dress, vintage slip, Wolford tights…and a delectable bit of shoe porn…


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  1. Frankie - Swell Vintage

    2008-12-30 at 12:50 PM

    Well those shoes are just bloody gorgeous, aren’t they! I think you’ve made a wise invest…but I am very jealous x

  2. jennine

    2008-12-30 at 1:10 PM

    yeah i’d weap too if you didnt get them… they are so lovely.
    whats this about liberty? it’s so sad, becuase going to that shop is amazing, like visiting a museum of fine things. 🙁

  3. Mies

    2008-12-30 at 1:15 PM

    Oooh nice……!!!!! Nothing lika a new pair of shoes!!!!
    I must say I am taking advantage of the pound-euro exchange rate quite a bit!!!

  4. Cécile/detour2mode

    2008-12-30 at 1:26 PM

    your tights are fantastic!

  5. Ayesha

    2008-12-30 at 1:36 PM

    They’re gorgeous! Last time I saw them was in the Vanessa Paradis Miu Miu campaign..I guess you’re the first one to actually buy them in the fashion blog-o-sphere.

  6. Mrs Gorman

    2008-12-30 at 1:49 PM

    I had no idea Liberty was in trouble again!
    My favorite department store by a mile!!
    Although I have to say that own brand luggage and bag collection didn’t do much for me.
    Must get in for the sale at those prices – the shoes are beautiful…

  7. missmilki

    2008-12-30 at 2:11 PM

    They’re beautiful!

  8. Wax

    2008-12-30 at 2:19 PM

    Killer heels!

  9. jeanie

    2008-12-30 at 2:25 PM

    there all kinds of amazing omg i need a paying job being poor is really dull now i dont like it much mmm maybe i should start thieving yeah maybe ill do that

  10. Lauren (AsianCajun)

    2008-12-30 at 2:46 PM

    Your bf was right, you would’ve wept because those are stunning and look great on you!

  11. Heather

    2008-12-30 at 2:48 PM

    Those are so stunning! I think I’ll weep if Liberty goes under. BUY! GIVE THEM MONEY!

  12. Hapsical London Fashion Blog

    2008-12-30 at 2:53 PM

    They’re stunning, great price too.
    I love Liberty too, but honestly they’re still not providing a good enough customer experience.
    Even though the store looks beautiful, menswear is badly displayed in a claustrophobic basement, the cafe is terrible and the prices are criminal, you’re confronted by ugly own-brand accessories when you go in, and quite a lot of the shops feels a bit fusty.

  13. lopi

    2008-12-30 at 3:23 PM

    You did good, buying those gems!
    I love them!

  14. Keesean

    2008-12-30 at 3:25 PM

    the miu miu’s are flawless!!!

  15. Ambroisine

    2008-12-30 at 3:38 PM

    The jacket is beautiful ! Those heels are stunning couldn’t wear them though..

  16. miss woo

    2008-12-30 at 3:47 PM

    Gorgeous shoes. And sad to hear about liberty, it’s a lovely department store to browse in..

  17. Disco Nap London

    2008-12-30 at 3:53 PM

    What gorgeous shoes, good job! I almost bought the Topshop copies but it just wouldn’t have been the same.

  18. selina

    2008-12-30 at 3:53 PM

    SWOON! they are so worth it

  19. Pixienish

    2008-12-30 at 3:59 PM

    EEP THOSE MIU MIU’S! They’ve been floating around in my mind for ages. You wear them well 😀

  20. Amelia

    2008-12-30 at 3:59 PM

    Those are beautiful.

  21. Adeline

    2008-12-30 at 4:00 PM

    Shoosh. Susie, those heels are fantastic. Except that I don’t really like the peep toe part, other wise the colors and the heel itself is awesome!

  22. tasha

    2008-12-30 at 4:00 PM

    They look easy to walk in. Are they?

  23. WendyB

    2008-12-30 at 4:23 PM

    Those are great shoes. I’ve admired them whenever I’ve come upon them in a store, but went for winged Pradas instead. You would definitely have wept if you didn’t get them.

  24. hystericgirl

    2008-12-30 at 4:25 PM

    Urg, you’re making me so jealous with these gorgeous shoes… I feel you on the bank account.

  25. Saskia

    2008-12-30 at 4:26 PM

    oooh, i can perfectly imagine the way you felt the moment you bought and henceforward *possessed* them. 🙂
    i guess a shoe fetishist must be close to orgasm at that sight.

  26. Miss V (Stylistique)

    2008-12-30 at 4:32 PM

    I was there yesterday too and took advantage of the kaffafle free shoe and xmas decoration (they make great jewellery) sale shopping!

  27. AngieMontreal

    2008-12-30 at 4:58 PM

    First off, I want to commend you for being so thoughtful about where you put your pounds, if more people really thought about their purchases as supporting a brand/shop/designer, a lot fewer places would be closing down.
    Secondly, although it must suck for the pound to have dropped to be on par with the euro, just imagine how us poor Canadians feel 😉
    One canadian doller equals only roughly half a pound!! It’s impossible to get anything good over here!

  28. liz blair

    2008-12-30 at 5:08 PM

    Wow! I didn’t know that these shoes were even available for “normal” people to buy. I figured that they only made a few pairs for royalty, movies stars, people like that. Anyway, people will probably mistake you for being a big star when you are wearing these!

  29. Isabel

    2008-12-30 at 5:09 PM

    Those are honestly the most beautiful shoes I have ever seen. They remind me of a classy flapper girl. I’m glad you bought them. 🙂

  30. Cate

    2008-12-30 at 5:20 PM

    Don’t regret buying those shoes, they’re beautiful… As are your tights! I don’t want to go shopping just yet though… I have got so much for Christmas that my need of shopping is currently zero ^^

  31. Dana

    2008-12-30 at 5:27 PM

    Ahh, wicked shoes! Oddly enough, I just purchased a pair of Miu Miu sculpted heel pumps myself at a pretty neat price–closed toe, though. Those you’ve got are quite lovely, but NAP didn’t have them in my size, sadly.

  32. Sal

    2008-12-30 at 5:59 PM

    You KNOW the boyf was right – how you would’ve wept at missing out on those beauties.

  33. Adriana

    2008-12-30 at 6:09 PM


  34. amanda

    2008-12-30 at 6:21 PM

    amazing buy! i love that heel so much.

  35. Daphne

    2008-12-30 at 7:14 PM

    I know. I wasn’t to supposed to shop any sales either, but a good deal is a good deal. And those beauties are worth it!

  36. Saga Sig

    2008-12-30 at 7:23 PM

    OMG susie… I just came from selfridges and bought the same just in black… AND I’M SO HAPPY… they feel so comfy and beautiful when they are on… I think I had wept if I didnt buy them cause I got mine for 200…
    thanks for the comment on my blog.. big love

  37. deana

    2008-12-30 at 7:46 PM

    those heels are magical. seriously they are really magical.

  38. AYSHA Bilgrami

    2008-12-30 at 7:52 PM


  39. Noel

    2008-12-30 at 7:54 PM

    Yes! New shoes! Hurrah for holiday greed when it comes to splurging on shoes :]. I, too, have that problem. I can pass on a blouse but not the shoes…

  40. lisa

    2008-12-30 at 8:05 PM

    I would’ve wept if I were you too. Those are stunning shoes and definitely worth every penny.

  41. ondressingup

    2008-12-30 at 8:42 PM

    AHHHHHH! I am so envious. This was top of my Christmas list but alas – instead I got soaps, perfume, and a cooking book. I sound very ungrateful. These are beautiful. I’m a bit hysterical with jealousy! Anychance you’d like to ship them to NZ so I can have a play too 😉

  42. roxanne

    2008-12-30 at 9:03 PM

    you’ve got those fantastic wolford tights from that nytmag editorial! they look every bit as amazing on you as they did on the model and while they looked positively boudoir-ready in the mag, you’ve made them totally approachable for daytime – well-played, as usual! the shoes, of course, are delightful, enjoy your buy!

  43. mybeaumonde

    2008-12-30 at 9:28 PM

    love the outfit… but LOVE the shoes more! poor liberty! i wish i could do my bit for them as well… almost worth going to london for!

  44. SOS!

    2008-12-30 at 10:28 PM

    Ooh.. I got these shoegasmic pair on 50% sale as well, but I have the blck leather version. I love them.
    and Liberty closing down would be such bad news 🙁
    xx-LJ from SOS!

  45. Emily

    2008-12-30 at 11:03 PM

    Those shoes are beautiful. I’m glad you got them too.

  46. pretty face

    2008-12-30 at 11:39 PM

    It woud have been a crime not to get them. A crime against style, shoes, susie AND shopping out of the recession. They’re beautiful.

  47. 1234

    2008-12-30 at 11:47 PM

    oh my god. those babies are so beautiful.

  48. La Fee

    2008-12-31 at 12:49 AM

    Those shoes are divine, and your outfit is just perfect 🙂

  49. Inês

    2008-12-31 at 1:59 AM

    I love love love these shoes!

  50. adreamer

    2008-12-31 at 2:24 AM

    they look amazing! i’m sure you’ll cherish them forever.

  51. Sarah

    2008-12-31 at 3:40 AM

    argh those heels are on sale in my local brisbane department store also..i have been agonising over the to buy or not to buy wear them beautifully susie.

  52. ryann

    2008-12-31 at 4:07 AM

    gorgeous shoes!

  53. Laia

    2008-12-31 at 4:38 AM

    i love them! i tried them on a few months ago at the store and was surprised at how comfortable they were. i ended up getting another pair that i love just as much.

  54. kim

    2008-12-31 at 7:12 AM

    Aah, they are gorgeous. Well done!

  55. nice_and_shiny

    2008-12-31 at 7:57 AM

    Wow, those shoes were well worth the cash, they’re gorgeous. I hope they’re comfortable as well, I’ve got a feeling these babies will be around for a while.
    I’ll never get over that puffy-sleeved jacket. It’s just too amazing for words

  56. Allure

    2008-12-31 at 10:57 AM

    Those are definitely one of the most beautiful shoes I’ve ever seen! I’m glad you finally got them.

  57. Kim

    2008-12-31 at 3:14 PM

    I LOVE IT :)))

  58. Kit Lee

    2008-12-31 at 3:43 PM

    Very well spent!!

  59. Naomi

    2008-12-31 at 8:07 PM

    They are so beautiful they make my heart hurt.

  60. rollergirl

    2008-12-31 at 8:31 PM

    Loving the shoes AND tights. Re the closing down rumour – well, I read somewhere that Liberty were struggling but please guys, don’t take it as fact, I don’t want to be responsible for their downfall (gulp)!

  61. ambika

    2009-01-01 at 5:16 PM

    Oh my, *serious* shoe porn. I think I’m in love.

  62. Sunset

    2009-01-01 at 7:26 PM

    I don’t understand how you couldn’t have got them anyway… I mean, LOOK AT THEM! They are amazing. And 75% off? You can’t get much better than that.
    Those tights are so scandalous! I love ’em!

  63. songy

    2009-01-02 at 6:17 AM

    They are truly epic.
    Oh well. wot cha gonna do? You can’t take money with you when you die so you’d better spend. supposedly that’s good for the economy….

  64. Caz

    2009-01-02 at 1:52 PM

    Insanely jealous of your Miu Miu shoes…I used to say I was a bag person and although I’d rather invest the money in a good bag I am increasingly becoming more in love with shoes and weening myself out of my pathetic “comfort all the way” mantra. What’s the comfort level on your Miu’s?

  65. The Emerald Dandy

    2009-01-02 at 8:52 PM

    Stunning shoes!! What a great choice -you’ll be enjoying those for years to come!!

  66. thechiconomist.celine

    2009-01-02 at 9:19 PM

    The beautiful Wolford tights stole the show!

  67. Market Publique

    2009-01-04 at 12:01 AM

    So worth it! Congrats on a great find!

  68. susie_bubble

    2009-01-04 at 12:27 PM

    Have taken them on a night run and can report that they are fairly comfortable….! With tights they’re fine…not sure how I’d fare barefooted though…

  69. idil vice

    2009-01-04 at 5:13 PM

    Oh – these are simply divine!!! Idil Vice

  70. olia

    2009-01-05 at 2:37 PM

    GREAT tight, GREAT MiuMiu!!

  71. olia

    2009-01-05 at 2:43 PM

    Are these sales via internet safe?
    I have bought things before, but this site which sells these shoes for 389‚Ǩ for example…
    How do know that these miumiu are not fake..?

  72. Annmarie of I Blog Fashion

    2009-01-05 at 10:40 PM

    Steve J & Yoni P! Love the jacket. Loved them at LFW. Loved their goody bags too! Yay!

  73. tis serendipity

    2009-01-06 at 3:56 PM

    WHOO those tights are really awesome! X) you have such a knack for putting together such contrasting items; i really wouldn’t know where to start. those heels are simply delectable.

  74. evie

    2009-01-14 at 3:52 AM

    Shoe porn lol. That instantly made me feel conscious about my obsessive oogling at your pics (of the shoes of course!)

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