We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak preview of the Shoe-Inn 22nd annual warehouse sale, which took place in a former Duane Reade on 39th St and Madison Ave in NYC. If you told us a week ago that 2 floors of a massive store can be packed from floor to ceiling with shoes and boots for women, we wouldn’t have believed you, but that’s exactly what the Shoe-Inn Warehouse sale is: a warehouse filled to the brim with shoes.
Setup: The street level is filled with non-boots: that includes sneakers, loafers, slides, flats, pumps and heels. The bottom level is lined with boots. All the shoes are in their original boxes and are on tables. It’s important to note that underneath the boxes are additional boxes with different styles. There are very many to choose from. Tables are sorted by size.
Pricing: On a high-level, pricing is straightforward: all shoes are between $29 and $99; boots are between $39 and $249. That being said, every brand has its own price for shoes and boots – that’s when you’ll find the gigantic alphabetical signs hanging from the ceiling super helpful. They tell you the price by brand – so when you pick up a shoe, you can quickly run through your ABCs, find the right brand and figure out how much it will cost you. All accessories are priced with individual tags.
Assortment: The range of shoes at the sale was to die for. Most of them were current season, and many are still selling in stores at full price. The Shoe-Inn owners travel to Italy 6 times per year to stock up on shoes and often close exclusive deals with designer brands. At the sale, we found Botkier, Stuart Weitzmann, Uggs, Via Spiga, Jeffrey Campbell, Vince and Marc Fisher among 30+ other brands. The shoes are affordable and trendy.
Re-Stocking: We know how much you love to ask whether a brand is restocking or not – so this get ready: this one is. There will be 2 truckloads of new merchandise every new day of the sale.
We really hope you enjoy the Shoe Inn warehouse sale as much as we did. Aside from the time we spent searching for pricing, we loved the sale. I walked away with a pair of Rebecca Minkoff loafers ($50). Therefore, we give the Shoe-Inn warehouse sale a 9 out of 10.