OK, OK, so this slightest hint of sun in London today probably doesn’t warrant buying sandals. But I have a little break in Barcelona booked at the end of the month so I am getting excited at the prospect of doing something I haven’t done since I started this blog in September: getting my toes out. And while I’m a champion of cheap sandals (once the mercury rises I’ll be doing a post on that very subject), I’m also partial to a little designer action in the summer months. That doesn’t mean I spend a fortune though…
A couple of years ago I visited a McCarthurGlen outlet near Venice and purchased a rather lovely pair of Marni sandals for a mere €110. I was delighted! But obviously Venice isn’t exactly a bus ride away, and neither is Bicester Village (my other favourite Marni outlet shop is there), so I thought I would investigate some online designer outlets instead.
First up is Yoox, which has a brilliant selection of end-of-season fashion from designers including Givenchy, Miu Miu and Prada, but its Marni edit is particularly good. It’s not the cheapest outlet you’ll find online, but it does have a lot more on offer than most. The printed ones above actually made me gasp out loud!
Next up, The Outnet. I really must get into the habit of checking the website every week, as although the edit is smaller than Yoox, it adds new stock all the time and I prefer to have little and often! These styles are my favourites that are currently available. I’ve bought quite a few items from The Outnet and they always arrive really quickly (I also recommend it if you’re looking for a dress for a special occasion).
Finally, BrandAlley. BrandAlley started as a designer flash sales website – the pop-up style sales only last a few days – but now has its own outlet section too, where you can find items available for longer.
It currently has an amazing haul of Chloe sandals which I am finding very hard to resist! You’ll need to sign up to BrandAlley to take advantage of the discounts but it’s totally free and it also stocks clothing and loads of homeware too.
Now I just need the temperature to get up to somewhere resembling average for the time of year and a decent pedicure, and I’ll be all set for summer.