This morning, the Jimmy Choo sample sale kicked off for press and VIPs. By 10am the cue for general RSVP admission reached Sixth Avenue, nearly a full city avenue. An hour later, when we left the sale, the line was getting a little bit better. You can bet that it is still a substantial wait before any of those customers get their hands on any Choos. (While waiting in line, head over to can see Instagram Stories to see the extent of the wait.)
Inside, shoes are organized by color on racks and bags are on tables. (Jimmy Choo has come a far way from the days of throwing shoes on the floor and tables.) The best deals are the men’s shoes, which are all $150. Women’s shoes start at $250 but most styles fall into the $325 category. That’s a significant increase from last season when women’s shoes were priced at $200 and $250 respectively. Boots, this season, are priced at $375.
Handbags prices have held steady from last season except from evening bags that will cost you $100 more than last year at $350. Small handbags are still $250. Most of the most attractive styles are the larger category bags ($450) and then there is a $200 supplement for exotics, like pony hair. (If only there were a truffle supplement, too!) You can see the full pricing list and pictures of shoe and bags from the Jimmy Choo sample sale over here.
So, what will you find? There is a better selection than last season but really nothing worth waiting for hours– especially at these prices. The best buys are the basic metallic Abel shoes that come in silver, gold, holographic and more. We find that a metallic Choo is a great investment because they are so wearable. Retail prices are normally about $700 from the Abel but they often come on TheRealReal for between $150 and $250. Many times they are even brand new.
Personally, we find the platform peep-toe sparkle shoe a little dated. Most of the styles found in the sale are recycled old style shoes. Jimmy Choo has a really great collection this season but we didn’t spot anything that comes close to being remotely lustful. You can click this way to see pictures of what we think are the best styles from the Jimmy Choo sample sale.
The sale runs through Friday. Even though the weather is beautiful, we would avoid waiting in line for hours with the early rush. Prices are usually reduced on the last day. That’s when the fun begins!
Jimmy Choo Sample Sale
Wednesday, October 24 through Friday, October 26th
Wed 11am-8pm, Thurs & Fri 8am-8pm
Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street, 2nd Floor