When the doors opened at 9am, there was only a small crowd of shoppers in queue. After checking in my coat, I turned around and was greeted by boxes upon boxes of Sergio Rossi's discounted merchandise that were laid out on tables as far as my eyes could see. Before starting my full look-through, I did a quick scan of the price list and found the markdowns higher than I had hoped. With prices organized by color stickers, discounts ranged from $125 to $400 for most items. In addition, there were several "special" shoes (exotic skins and knee-high boots) which were priced slightly higher at around the $500 mark.
For women's shoes, sizes were available from 34 to 42 and the sale selection leaned heavily towards evening styles. The brand's Mermaid booties were $350 while crystal-embellished sandals were $250 to $350. Furthermore, there was a small assortment of suede pumps, slip-on sneakers, pointed toe flats, and buckled ankle boots but evening stilettos were the main attraction at this event.
Men's shoes, located in the far back, had sizes 6 through 12. On offer were patent oxfords, sandals, slip-on sneakers, high tops, ankle boots, and loafers.
Near the center of the sale, I came across a single table displaying a modest collection of clutches. Each clutch was marked down to $400.
With several designer shoe sample sales happening this week and early next month, I came out thinking the discounts from today's Sergio Rossi sample sale were not worth bragging about. But if you are one of those people who sees through Rossi-colored glasses, the sale hasn't drawn much commotion so you're guaranteed to shop with ease if you decide to do so. Just remember, this event ends on Thursday.