What’s New At Marshalls: Toning Shoes and Chunky Platform Sandals for Spring

Last October I wrote about how you could get the season’s must-have shoes at Marshalls, and it was so popular (and so much fun for me!), that I’ve decided to report on my Marshalls shopping trips on a regular basis!  If you go to the store this week, you’ll find everything from work-appropriate Nine West nude pumps for $34.99 and cozy Born slides for $39.99.  As usual I spotted an assortment of dress shoes and designer heels, wellies and fur boots.  But what’s news…chunky platform shoes, a hot spring trend, and TONS of toning shoes to get in shape in the new year!  As you can see above, you can pick up some of the bestselling toning sneakers, including Skechers Shape-Ups, New Balance Rock & Tone, Avia Avi-Motion iTONE.

Here are a few of my hottest finds.  I apologize for the date stamps.  I seem to have clumsily hit something on my camera in my shopping frenzy.

Roberto Cavalli platform sandals
high espadrille sandals
Embellished Kate Spade flats and heels, $99-$129
It saddened me to find this Kate Spade shoe missing its crystal bow! :(

Victor & Rolf black pumps, $99
Sam Edelman studded wedge boots, $99
Dolce & Gabbana black strappy heels, $399.99

I received a $50 gift card for use during my Marshalls shopping trip.  This in no way influences my feelings toward Marshalls, as I have been a loyal shopper there for years.  I can’t guarantee that any of these shoes will still be available in stores, since the merchandise is rotated and sold so quickly.  If you take the time to look, you really can’t find better shoe deals anywhere else!

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Shop This Season’s Must-Have Shoes at Marshalls and Fight Domestic Violence

You probably already know that I love shopping at Marshalls - you just can’t beat the deals if you know how to be a Shoptimist!  Yesterday I took a long lunch break to check out the latest arrivals in the footwear department, because until Oct. 15, Marshalls will donate $1 for every pair of shoes purchased to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. What a great excuse for us shoe lovers to shop and support a great cause!  Marshalls sent me a gift card to go shopping for this season’s must-have shoes, and here’s what I found.  You have to scroll all the way down to see what I took home with me!  Visit your local Marshalls today (or tomorrow), pick up a trendy new pair of shoes, and fight domestic abuse.

Leopard Print: Jessica Simpson leopard-print pumps, Carlos Santana blue leopard boots.  Both are pretty wild!

Over-the-Knee Boots: The first pair I’m wearing are Kelsi Dagger, but they didn’t have a price tag.  Couldn’t tell what brand the 2nd pair are, I think Jeffrey Campbell?  They had a shearling liner and clog bottoms.

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Video Review: BCBGirls ‘Gita’ Cork Wedge (The PERFECT Spring Wedge)

One of the prizes I won in the Marshalls ‘Love Affair of the Sole” contest last year was being a featured blogger on their “What’s In” community Web site for this Spring season.  Needless to say, I’ve been visiting Marshalls more lately, and today I found some Spring goodies in the Shoe MegaShop!

I was on the prowl for a pair of cute cork wedges (one of the top ten must-have shoes for Spring, for sure).  My treasure hunt was complete when I spotted these adorable (and sexy) cork wedges by BCBGirls, for only $39.99!  With the high cork wedge and combination of black and neutral colors, these shoes are both leg-lengthening and versatile.  You can wear them with a flirty sundress or a black cocktail mini, jeans or  a pencil skirt.  They are sure to become an integral part of my Spring wardrobe!

Check out pictures of all the shoes I spotted on sale over on my Marshalls blog.

For some reason, I couldn’t locate these exact shoes on the Internet (the closest I came was the BCBGirls Women’s Six Sandal).  This is an example of a shoe that you might find at Marshalls that is both trendy and hard to find.  However I did spot many other drool-worthy cork wedges on Piperlime. Find your perfect wedge here:

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Spurge or Steal TJ Maxx Contest Winner & Prices

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving!  I spent it with my family in my hometown, and I ate turkey, but I actually had more honey glazed ham this year.  Remember that tomorrow is Cyber Monday, the best day of the year to shop online.  Make sure you check the online sales out!

Prices of Steal or Splurge outfits

Here are the answers to the Splurge or Steal contest:

I asked you to leave a comment telling me which outfit you thought was the steal (from TJ Maxx) in both photos.  You should have answered Left for #1, Right for #2.

#1: Splurge: $707.99, Steal: $346.94.  The white shoes cost $99.99 at department stores, while only costing $19.99 at TJ Maxx.

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#2: Splurge: $734.49, Steal: $334.95.  The purple Frye boots (which I bought) only cost $129.99, versus $279 at department stores.

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Congratulations, Jennifer! You guessed right and were randomly chosen to win a Shoe Smitten Wine Glass.  I will be emailing you shortly to get your mailing address so that I can send your glass to you asap.

And kudos to those of you who also guessed correctly: Elisa, chris s, Shauna Owens, sandy, Elizabeth M., Susan Ledet.

Isn’t it amazing what deals you can find at TJ Maxx?  I highly recommend you take a shopportunity when you have some time.  You’ll be blown away by what you might find!

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T.J. Maxx & Marshalls Myths Debunked

Tomorrow I’ll be writing more specifically about both T.J. Maxx and Marshalls and how they differ (and what I bought at each store), but let me dispel a few misconceptions about these off-price retailers.

Myth #1: They carry the same merchandise.
False – Because the off-price retail model is so flexible, no two stores are ever the same, not even two T.J. Maxx stores. This is why you should shop both stores!

Myth #2: They sell mostly irregular or “seconds”.
False – The merchandise found in T.J. Maxx and Marshalls stores is first quality, on-trend and in-season. Less than five percent of the merchandise has unnoticeable irregularities (such as being made of patent leather instead of suede). They aren’t discount stores – they are all about getting great value on brand-name merchandise and passing those savings on to customers.

Myth #3: They only sell clothing from previous fashion seasons.
False – They have the same incredible brand names and styles that are in department and specialty stores right now bur for up to 60% less. Less than 15 percent of merchandise is past season, and these items are clearly marked as “past-season” on the price tag.

Myth #4: They only carry low-end brands and styles that didn’t sell elsewhere.
False – See myth #2 for explanation

Come back tomorrow for more about what I learned at the T.J. Maxx/Marshalls Overnight Event!

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