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Last week, we took a poll that asked readers if they'd rather spend $150 on a pair of new, junior-level H&M/Jimmy Choos or a pair of barely-used Chanels or Louboutins. And the Louboutin proposition kicked Choos' butt, by a margin of 13 to one.
When we drove over to the final day of the Decadestwo residency at Post 26, we were a little nervous: If the poll held up, we should have expected to see 13,000 people in line for the everything-under-$150 shoe clearance.
There were a lot of shoppers and would-be shoppers there. We didn't count, but probably significantly less than 13,000. The line extended down the side of the Brentwood Country Mart to the parking lot, with more people arriving when the owners of Post 26 and Decadestwo opened the doors promptly at 12 and let the first group in.
The sale was significantly more civilized than the mad Jimmy Choo/H&M dash we witnessed on Saturday. Shoppers calmly found the section of shoes that were their size, browsed the wall of Manolos in the back, or started picking through the small collection of handbags, dresses and clothes that had been slashed an additional 20%. Although there was a gently-but-sternly-enforced three-shoe limit, staffers graciously took selections from customers and held them at the front counter while the shoppers continued trying on heels and pumps. The most telling moment of the day: When a fellow shopper saw us eyeing a pair of Louboutin boots and handed us a pair of Louboutin flats saying, "Did you see these? They're your size, too. They're not my size, but they'd look great on you." And then continued trying on a pair of YSL peep-toe pumps. The chance of a catfight at this sale? About -300%.
Overall, we saw boots, pumps and flats from Louboutin, Manolo, Prada, Chanel, Valentino, YSL, Stella McCartney, Brian Atwood, Cesare Paciotti, Gucci, Dior and more. There were bags from Balenciaga, Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Fendi. When we left, there was still a strong line of people outside. The West Side clearly loves a good shoe sale. When can we pencil you in for a second round, Decadestwo?
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