Manolo Sample Sale Survival Guide

April 29, 2010 by Lila Delilah

We were the first publication to bring you word of the ALT-Manolo Blahnik sample sale and now it’s just hours away. We know you’re just dying to be the first to get your shoe in the door– or out of the door in this case– but navigating the lines, crowds and stock is not for the faint of heart.

Our axiom is to skip the sample sale and find a great retail deal, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to navigate all types of sales. To better facilitate our readers, we have compiled The Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale Survival Guide, which contains all the Manolo Blahnik rules (to the best of our knowledge) and a few handy tips. Enjoy and feel free to pass along real time information in our comment section or via Twitter @LilaDelilah.

Manolo Blahnik Rules

  • Cash only. So hit the ATM before you get in line.
  • Press and VIP’s have been given invitations to attend the sale from 9am to 11am.
  • The general public is able to join the fun from 11am to 3pm.
  • Words of Wisdom

  • The diehards start queuing up from 5:00am. If you’re not that dedicated– don’t be embarrassed — we suggest arriving after the first rush but before lunch.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and one of our favorite pieces of advice from FashionProspectress is not to wear Manolos, “Chances are while you’re trying on a gorgeous pair of slippers, someone else will try to buy yours.”
  • Go with a friend or make friends online. At some point someone is going to need to make a coffee run or save your spot when a bathroom needs to be found
  • Travel light and keep your arms free. Leave everything you don’t need at home and we suggest using a messenger bag so both hands are always free.
  • If you’re not having fun, dump the sale and head over to The Modern for their three course pre-fixe lunch ($58). But keep reading Madison Avenue Spy because you know we’ll find you Manolos for a great price without the hassle.
  • Manolo Sale Details
    Thursday, April 29, 2010
    The Warwick Hotel
    54th Street and 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor
    Press access: 9am to 11am
    Public shopping: 11am to 3pm
    Cash only.

    Next up… Christian Louboutin sample sale. Stay tuned.


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