Earlier this year I wrote about scoring a pair of authentic Ugg boots for $19.99 on ebay. I wore the boots so much that they now look like a herd of cattle has trampled on them—twice. So I am on a mission to find a new pair of boots, a pair that is stylish, comfy, and most of all cheap—which is no easy feat (pun intended) when you wear a size 11 shoe.
Fortunately for me, I happen to be in Minneapolis this week. Besides having no sales tax on clothing, the “Mini Apple” appears to be where designers ship their larger sizes. Anyone who has ever tried to cramp their size 11 foot into a pair of size 10 Jimmy Choos, will appreciate the fact that in Minneapolis you can find JCs in a size 11 and most likely on sale. At the Mall of America, a budget shoppers mecca, there is a Nordstrom Rack that carries ladies footwear up to a size 13—all at 50-75% off retail prices. This past weekend, the main Nordstrom had their semi-annual women’s and children’s sale. I found a pair of size 11, Via Spiga butter brown suede boots-featured in our boot guide—for $145.00. These boots are comfortable and stylish and was over 50% cheaper than at Zappos.com. I also found a pair of green and black Marc Jacobs pumps, again size 11, for $120.00.
Even Bloomingdales and Macy’s in Minnesota carry size 11 shoes in brands like Coach, Via Spiga, Marc Jacobs, Manolos, Loboutin and JCs. The selection was so good, I almost considered moving back . . . until I had a flashback of -50 degree winter days.