November 2, 2010
Ballet flat, how many ways do I love thee? I love thee when I'm running errands. I love thee when the 4-inch heels let me down. I love thee with a pointy toe. I love thee with a brooch.
But I do NOT love thee when you are $350 (insert long screeeeeech here...)!
Over the weekend, I wandered into one of my favorite boutiques in Atlanta (which shall remain nameless because I REALLY, REALLY love it and the people who work there) whilst waiting for my bread order at the bakery next door. I spotted her immediately. She was donned in black patent leather, looked so comfy but bore no price. I asked for my size, slipped my tootsies in them and quickly fell in love.
They were, I found, Maloles. Oh, how I love a European shoe. No wonder I had to have them. Until. Oh, until...I inquired about the price from the shop girl. "Just $350...", she replied. $350? For ballet flats? Yeah. No. I committed the brand to memory and couldn't wait to find out more about this line when I got home.
It didn't take long to find the story of Maloles and it also didn't take long to find a pair. In my size. On Amazon for....get this...$106. Same style as in the boutique. No differences except $244 (especially since the navy ones are $315...surely there was some fluke.) Can you believe it? Annnnnnnndddddddddddd they'll be on my doorstep by noon today.
Vive la bargain shopping!
What was YOUR last bargain?