Andre Leon Tally, $100 Heels, Long Waits at Midtown Manolo Sale

Shoppers at the Manolo Blahnik sale in midtown today face hours of waiting (albeit in a nice room) and serious competition, but all for a killer pay-off: Discounted Manolos and ALT in the flesh.

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Andre Leon Tally is serving as master of ceremonies at the Manolo Blahnik sale running today at the Warwick Hotel in midtown, leaving cries of "Beautiful!" in his wake. His advice on finding the best shoes at a sample sale? "Just go for it!"
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The sale was still pretty well stocked when we went by at lunchtime, but we did spot some pairs we'd seen at the sale several months ago, like these animal-print lace-ups.
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The strongest selection is, of course, in less-prevelent sizes like 36 and 40, but strappy, decorative sandals pretty much abound.
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As usual, the evening shoe selection is the strongest, like these glittery pumps and silver sling-backs.
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More glimpses of the evening selections -- the strappy pair is $100, the embellished slip-ons are $125.
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Needless to say, competition for the best pairs is fierce.
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The shoes are all arranged by size on tables all around a large room. To get to the best material, one must dig through piles of shoes wrapped in plastic.
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The price list at the sale: Most of the shoes however around $175-$200.
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