Stitch and Bear

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Brown Thomas and Forgotten shoes!

I went into Brown Thomas in Dublin on Saturday to check out what was left of the sale. I dont like the change in BT's focus that has occurred over recent years. They've moved steadily more upmarket away from mid-price items. Now, I realise that Ireland has a lot more cash than ever before, but BT is getting to the stage that even picking up a sale bargain is becoming unaffordable. I remember buying a leather DKNY handbag in there a few years ago for E120 in the sale. You'd be lucky to find anything that affordable there now.

I wonder will things change now that the economy is getting tighter. Today's Sunday Times mentioned that London department stores are seeing an upsurge in the sale of mid-market designer items. The excess seems to be over. Maybe someone should tell BT.

As part of their upmarket move, BT created a shoe salon a few years ago which stocks all the major brands. But I'd love to find who their shoe buyer is and shoot them. They consistently stock the duller items from the designer ranges. Go to Harrods or Selfridges in London and you'll see a much better effort.

This year, all the shoes were out according the size. However, the amount of 3s and 4s on sale was far less than other sizes. Does this mean that there are more smaller-footed people out there, or do BT buy more of the larger sizes. I don't know, but the lack of choice on the 3 and 4 tables makes it harder for me to find my bargains.

I spent a good 30 minutes wondering around, finding nothing at all, until I espied a pair of Miu Miu platforms on the size 5 table. Picking them up, I realised that they were a size 37.5 which is just the tiniest bit too large for me, but I decided to give them a whirl. Thanks to the strap, they fitted just fine, and they are so comfortable despite the tall platform. Best part of it all? They were priced at E150 down from E490.

When I got the shoes home, and looked at my shoe stack, I realised one awful truth. I have other pairs of Miu Miu and Prada shoes that I had forgotten about. Shoes that I had lusted after and had been thrilled to buy. God, I'm a disgrace. I have to pull these forgotten shoes out and start wearing them again. I think that I'll start with these beautiful satin covered pumps...


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