As any fashionista or shopaholic, I have always been into designer shoes… though I’m more of an avid admirer than a collector/spender. And at least for myself, I know that I would get more use out of a designer handbag than shoes.
Though let’s rewind back to earlier this year.
Let’s say… April.
Basic scenario as follows… borderline broke bride with no budget for her wedding she has to plan that’s 4 months away, needs to find shoes to pair with her wedding dress that she has no idea what it will look, or fit like, because she is forbidden to touch or try on her dress until the wedding day and she still hasn’t gone dress hunting.
Did you catch all that?
Yes ladies and gents, that was me!
No money. No budget. No plan. No vision.
Pretty much every wedding planner’s worst nightmare.
Fortunately for me, I was my own wedding planner.
So how did I snag a pair of slingback Louboutin for practically half price??
Pure luck and coincidence.
Honestly, I wish I had a better story of me camping out for a major Black Friday sale, or I met the GM of North American Louboutin boutiques by rescuing their dog from an oncoming bus… but it was pretty much *drumroll please*
I walked into a store.
Checked out the sale rack.
And there she was.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t something I set out to look for. And knowing that I had a rough budget for my dress, but no sense of what my dream wedding shoe would be, I didn’t put much thought into it. I was too concerned about my dress shenanigans and worried about it fitting me, that honestly shoes didn’t seem important.
Plus, knowing I was getting married in Italy and what the environment would be – aka the cobblestone hills I’d be walking up and down for my photos – I didn’t think designer shoes would be the most comfortable or realistic.
But TG for once my nonchalant, care free attitude worked out because these beauties just fell into my lap.
I was downtown one day, walking through Yorkville on Bloor Street and my sister asked if I wanted to go in to DAVIDS footwear store. I was hesitant because I didn’t want to tease myself with gorgeous shoes that I couldn’t afford to buy, but she walked in.
I headed straight to the sale rack.
And then a little glitter catches my eye.
They were pink. They were peep toe. They were slingback. And they had a platform.
It was honestly the perfect shoe for my non-existent dress. Then I looked at the price tag and they were on sale for around $695 – down from $990. That on it’s own is a pretty good deal, but take into consideration the tax.
I drooled over them for a bit, then put them down because I already had set in my mind that I’d be spending no more than $200 since I was still dress hunting and didn’t know what that total would add up to.
Then the sales associate came around and starting talking to me. Mentioning how cute they were and they were a great price since they were 30% off. I said yes, but it’s still a little too much for me. Then she corrected me because they were an extra 30% off the lowest ticketed price.
So that now brought them down to about $485!
Well okay, for THAT price, I had to try them on. And lucky me, they were the last pair in my size. And once my foot slipped in, I was in love. They were actually really comfy and my toes weren’t squished!
I debated for about 30 minutes. Walked back and forth from the mirror to the bench. I was seriously about to say no, but I imagined future Steph would be kicking herself for not snagging these because they were a total steal! And I doubt that future Steph would find Loubous like this for this price ever again.
So wedding shoe or not, I could not pass on this.
And there you have it.
My first pair of Christian Louboutin.
Welcome to my closet!
Oh, did I wear them for my wedding you ask?
You’ll have to wait and see!
Keep an eye out for wedding posts 😉
Shoe: Christian Louboutin
Model: 120 Glitter Tisse Patent Poudre
Original Retail Price: $990 + tax
Sale Price: $485 + tax
Savings: over $505
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