Manolo & Louboutin Sample Sales

October 25, 2012 by Lila Delilah

When election day comes around in about two weeks keen shoppers are going to have to choose a lot more than who they want to run this nation. Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin are hosting overlapping sample sales and some people will have to choose.

A Manolo Blahnik spokesperson confirms that their bi-annual Worwick hotel sample sale will begin Tuesday, November 6th and run through, Wednesday, November 7th. We are told that the entire first day will be invitation only and then the sale will open to the public for the full day on Wednesday. Invitations have not yet been mailed but you will be alerted if you are a day one shopper very soon. Andre Leon Tally has yet not confirmed that he will be there but we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

The Christian Louboutin showroom will be hosting their bi-annual sale starting on Monday, November 5th and extending through the weekend. Getting access to this sale is much more difficult since the sale is held in the designer’s showroom. The first few days are usually reserved for red-carpet stars while the final days are open to invited guests, which normally include press, vendors and employee friends.

So what can you expect from either sale? At the past Manolo sale, the bulk of the inventory was size 7 and slimmest selection was size 8 through 9.5. Basic shoes started at $100 and prices went up to $500 for high exotic boots. You can read all the details from the sale last season, here.

Over at Christian Louboutin, during the press days the shoe selection is best for ladies size 36.5 and below and 40 and up. (We are sure starlets of all sizes score big at the beginning of the sale.) Prices for this sale start at $100 although we don’t usually have luck finding shoes in that price point. Last season, even some of the wedges were $225 and most of the desirable styles were $350 and above. Boots were $500 and up, while the exotic skin styles are priced upon request. You can see past coverage here.

So where will your wallet do it’s voting during the sample sale wars of fall 2012?

Christian Louboutin
Monday, November 5 through Friday, November 9 (Press Wed-Fri)
8:30am to 6pm daily
306 W. 38th St. (bet. 8th & 9th Ave.)

Manolo Blahnik
Tuesday, Nov 6th (invitation only) through Wednesday, Nov 7
Tues 9am -4pm, Wed 9am~2pm
Warwick Hotel, 65 W. 54th St, 2nd Floor.

Which sample sale do you vote for?