I was one of the few fortunate ones that got into the press preview of the Christian Louboutin sample sale on Friday before the sample sale madness really begins this week—that is, for the lucky ladies to have gotten an invite.

If you’re looking to get in, better befriend someone there before the next season!

If you do manage to know someone, get on the list, wait in the cold for an hour, then wait inside for another hour, get a “confidential stamp” on your wrist, check everything you own—including your cell phone—at the door, then you better pray there’s something left in your size in the 20 minute limit they give you to shop around.
Here’s the inside scoop:
When I entered the small room of stacks of boxes, everything was neatly organized by size and prices color-coded with stickers ranging from $150 (good luck finding those), with most starting at $250 and running up to $500. Trust me, that’s a steal compared to the heels that typically run from $600 to around $2500.There was even a table of “exotic” heels going for $900, as well as clutches and hobos ranging from $100-$200, which I bypassed right away. I had my eye on the red soled prize.

What started out civilized with only about 10-15 women allowed at a time quickly turned into women on a mission and boxes flying everywhere. The employees of the sale quickly grew frustrated at women not returning the shoes to their boxes after trying on and flipping open boxes to see what came in their size. My size 11 friend lucked out with her section fully stocked and hardly a soul searching for those soles—which was not the same for my more common size was pretty depleted with the classic heels in a more chaotic section of the sale. There was a plethora of espadrilles and heels for the more adventurous, including ones with fur on them, in all sizes.

Also be prepared for a surprise in sizing, which you may need to size up. I picked up a pair for a friend that’s a size 6 (pictured on the bottom right) and the 36.5 I got for her fit perfectly. However, my size 8.5 foot ranged from a 39 to a 40, depending on the style of the shoe.  I went up a whole size for the gorgeous copper colored pointy pumps I scored (pictured top right). Hopefully the patent “shooties” (pictured bottom left) I found for my sister actually fit her, or else I’ll have to just own another pair.

Note to dudes: don’t bother looking for yourself. Some poor guys drove up from Baltimore only to find out that they weren’t carrying mens at this sale.

HOWEVER, you will score major points if you are looking for a holiday gift for your girlfriend/wife/mom/sister/bff/etc.

I’m always accepting some red-soled shoes as well.