vintage inspired shoes

The L.K. Bennett sample sale offers plenty of lady-like pieces at up to 70% off retail. The bargains include the British brand’s popular shoes. Among the fans is Kate Middleton who has been seen walking around wearing a pair of the label’s nude pumps in the past.

The sale kicked off yesterday, drawing lots of shoppers into L.K. Bennett’s showroom on Madison at 57th Street.

The footwear can be found in a side room displayed on shelves by size (35-42). There was a wide variety of styles such as nude pumps, strappy sandals, patent wedges, flats, knee high boots and ankle booties. Pricing for the basic collection starts at $60 for flats, $95 for heels and $150 for knee boots.  The Black Ribbon line is a bit more pricey at $185 for dress shoes and $120 for pumps.

There were also handbags ($90-$125) and clutches ($75) but the selection was thinning out by the time I got there (late afternoon).

The clothing – fairly conservative – can be found in a main room organized on racks also by size, (ranged from 2-14). However, size 4 appeared to have more styles available. We found items for fall as well as pieces for spring and summer. The standouts were feminine day dresses ($90) in floral and graphic prints. Some of the styles reminded us of 50s hour-glass shapes. Random tops ($35), pants ($90) and blazers were also mixed into the racks.

A table in the middle of the room had knits and other merchandise. With the crush of shoppers, the items ended up being one big pile. Digging in, I eventually found a couple of nice cardigans for work. Several boxes underneath contained actual samples which was worth looking through. I found a couple of nice shirts – one reminded me of a 60s vintage Liberty print.

There is no dressing room. That didn’t stop a number of shoppers who were dressed for the occasion and were able to try on over leggings, skinny jeans and tanks. Two mirrors help shoppers see what items looked like on them.

We’re told that sale organizers will be restocking today and tomorrow when the sale ends…

Where/When: 595 Madison Ave at E. 57th St, thirteenth floor. March 9-11; Sun (11am-5pm), Mon-Tues (10am-6pm).

shoes on shelf

 shoes and boots on shelf

rack of clothing

tweed jacket

close up of flower print dress

pink dress on rack

cluthes on shelf