Sharing how I am able to afford so many designer shoes.
Edward Gebel Photography
WHAT I’M WEARING
This is by far among my favorite looks since blogging. One thing that I’ve realized about my style, is that it’s heavily influenced by the style of other bloggers and fashion stylists. If I wasn’t a blogger, my style wouldn’t be as fashion forward as it is. I’m not sure about you but I really don’t get inspiration from celebrities. I think influencers (bloggers, stylists, etc.) are more stylish than most celebrities. And the reason is because celebrities tend to have stylists, themselves. This look was certainly inspired by fashion stylist J. Bolin. He styled Sarah Jakes Roberts a few months back with a camo jacket and pencil skirt, completed with a waist belt. So when I saw these two at J. Crew, I knew I’d be able to pull off a similar style. I completed the look with Christian Louboutin capped toe pumps for a neutral finish.
Most people know that one of my weaknesses is designer shoes. I’m not sure why, but I am attracted to all shiny shoes with a high price tag. I do get questioned often how I am able to afford such expensive shoes. And my response usually surprises most- “they aren’t too expensive.” Now obviously expensive is subjective but what I am really trying to say is “I don’t buy my expensive shoes for retail price.” If you’ve been following me for some time, you might recall this post where I talked about how I shop without money. Well today, I’ll discuss how I buy designer shoes at discounted prices.
1. Consignment Shops
NYC is indeed the fashion capital of the world. It’s probably the only place you can wear designer apparel from head to toe and have $5 in your account. And if you don’t know better, you’ll think New Yorkers spend all of their coins on designer clothes. But the truth is, there are so many consignment shops in the city, there’s almost no excuse not to own anything designer. Below are my favorite consignment shops:
With locations all over the city, B.E. is my favorite consignment to sell all of my old clothes and shoes and get designer ones. I bought my Christian Louboutin So Kate pumps for only $90 from B.E.
2. INA Cosignment
INA is more on the higher end, but if you shop when they’re having their additional 25% and 40% sales, you can find high end designer for Target prices. I’ve gotten everything from Jimmy Choo, Helmut Lang, Miu Miu, Gucci, Giuseppe, Sergio Rossi, and Prada from INA. My favorite purchase to-date might be my Jimmy Choo Anouk pumps.
3. Second Time Around
I shopped at STA a lot when I lived in Philly and haven’t been there too often since. BUT it will always be my favorite because I found my Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Pumps Brand New for 75% off. Who can beat that?
I’ve been selling my clothes on Poshmark for years and I’ve made thousands of dollars from it. Poshmark is also a great place to find designer shoes for less! Some are used but a lot are brand new!
Now you know my trick! While a lot of these consignment shops are in NYC, some are online like INA and Poshmark!