sfoglia wrote:And, yes. You're doing well to consider the shoes. They are, in my opinion, the easiest indicator of how much pride someone takes in their appearance, and I think they become doubly important in those professional fields that require their employees to maintain a certain appearance (e.g. law).
What kills me is that sales on good shoes are rare, and my size (7-7.5) are almost always out of stock. I lucked into sales on the chukkas and AE's this summer and I always keep an eye out on Nordstrom, J.Crew, and AE promotions for the opportunity to pick up some more. I almost refuse to buy clothes at full price. I'm also skittish to paying over $100 for clothing that's of lesser quality.
You should be. You know the manufacturing costs of these products? The markup is unbelievable.
Department store shoe sales are definitely rare, but the off-price market is absolutely saturated right now, because everyone has started selling online within the last two or so years. Keep an eye on SaksOff5th (saksoff5th.com), Century 21 (c21store.com), Nordstrom Rack (nordstromrack.com). Actually, just pulled up your sizes on the Rack
, and there are over 700 styles available. Like holy crap, when did the Rack website get to be so good?
BRB, need to be online shopping right now.