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09 December 2007 @ 11:02 pm
A good friend of ours works for a company that ships things for Doc Martens. Every year up in Portland, DM does a warehouse clearance sale, where all the shoes they're trying to move by end-of-year get sold for $30 a pair (unless your in kid sizes, then it's $15). I mean ALL shoes, boots, whatever inventory they have that they want to move, which amounts to boxes upon boxes of Docs. This sale is not online. It's not in their stores. It's not even in their own warehouse. They rent an enormous building, pile shoes and boots and sandals everywhere, and then hand out tickets to places like the one where our friend works. You only get in the door with a ticket, and each ticket has a specific time printed on it that you must show up at to get in.

Our friend, heretofore never allowed to move away, quit his job, or stop being our friend, gave us one of his tickets. Ours was for today, from 10:00-2:00. The ticket was good for up to four people, so I invited L and our friend Paula (who lives up there), and the four of us trekked to the Doc Martens warehouse sale today, and did we every hit the motherload of shoe booty!

I all by myself scored $640 worth of boots and shoes for $165. That does not include the four pair of shoes Mark got. (His selection was a bit more picked over than mine, as his shoe size is apparently v. common.) We three women were in shoe heaven for the rest of the day. As in, we would occassionally just break into giddy excitement thinking about our new shoes. Mark was feeling a tad outnumbered, though he, too was happy with his purchases. (Men just don't quite get the relationship most women have with their shoes.)

My haul:

From top left to bottom right: a traditional pair of standard Doc boots, in black (one of those staples of one's closet), two pairs of velvet Docs, one red and one blue (so fun and cute and awesome that even Mark was like 'you should get both colors'), a pair of shoes for work that are the same exact style as the tall Doc boots I bought earlier this year, but in an easier to get on-and-off shoe, and two pairs of Doc heels, both very stylish looking on, for pairing with slacks.

Aren't they all just gorgeous? I just spread them out in my family room to oggle, trying to decide which pair to wear tomorrow. I think the blue velvet, as they will match my blue sweater perfectly. :-)

ETA: I should add that my friend Paula was all virtuous and got shoes/boots for others as Xmas gifts.  But  she also got feverishly excited and purchased something like six pairs for herself, just like the rest of us.  But she has freakishly small feet and got to buy them for $15 a pair!  I did nothing so virtuous and purchased only for myself.  i had the best of intentions, but then walked in and saw the wall-to-wall mountains of boots and shoes and...well...yeah. 
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
I joined the Rebel Alliance ironically: beatrice/benedick kiss - by funkeh_smoomorwen_peredhil on December 10th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
Those red velvet ones are awesome. I have a pair in iridescent snakeskin that is a prized possession.
rhienelleth: lucyandtumbus - sawyerrhienelleth on December 10th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, they are my favorite. There were several other awesome pairs of boots in my size, but when you start talking red velvet and white lace....really, how many of those really fit into my wardrobe enough to own multiple pairs?

Iridescent snakeskin! Nice. :)
Trixie: BSG - Lee - OMFGS!trixalicious on December 10th, 2007 10:21 am (UTC)
I have had a pair of orange Doc boots for over a decade and they are still in fabulous condition. Well, the soles are anyway, I guess I've kind of beat the hell out of the leather.

You got a great haul there, and I'm totally jealous of those gorgeous red heels.
rhienelleth: farscapepromise - monanotlisarhienelleth on December 10th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Some Doc conditioner might help the scarred leather look newer again.

I had a pair of classic Docs for something like seven years, wore them almost every day. Eventually the sole was worn so down that they had hardly any tread left, and the tops were scarred and beat up and no longer looked nice. None of my local stores carried Docs anymore, so I ended up going with some other brand of boot...which then proceeded to get worn twice, then languished on a shelf collecting dust. Several more pairs of boots followed similar fates. Doc M just knows how to make a good quality, comfortable boot. I don't know why it took me until this year to get another pair.
-peartreealley on December 10th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
Hey, those red boots look really familiar ;D (If you got the black laces with them, too, I actually prefer them to the red satin laces).

I've barely worn mine, though. I'm scared to wear them in wet weather, and I lack red in my wardrobe (something I'm working on...)

I wear the Doc Marten mary janes I got daily, though :D After a painful break-in period, they are now my favorite shoes.

rhienellethrhienelleth on December 10th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
Ha! I have coveted those things ever since you got yours and posted a picture. I just couldn't justify the $ for a pair of boots I'd likely wear only a few times a year, especially since I already spent $120 on a pair of black Doc boots this year.

When our friend told us about the sale, my entire purpose for going was the hope that they'd have those red boots - and they did! And the blue ones, and soooooo much more. I plead temporary insanity for the number of shoes I bought.

Oh, I have seen and wanted those Mary Janes! (I love MJs in general.) Sadly, they were not at the sale.
-: Playfulpeartreealley on December 10th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
Considering how many hobbies and such I've picked up at least in part because of your influence (beading, Bare Essentials make-up, and now I'm thinking about sewing...), I'm glad I got to influence your purchase on something, even if you got a way better deal than I did. :D
wisteriawisteria on December 10th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
Ooo....pretty things...

I'm so envious! :)
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on December 10th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
You did make out like a bandit! Damn. While I've never been a basic Doc M boot fan, their other shoes are teh awesome.

Those red ones are adorable!