I ventured into the Barneys Warehouse Sale before noon today just to scope out the goodies.  I rarely ever buy anything on the first day.  I usually wait for the additional markdowns to take out my wallet.  I found no line when I arrived.  I came with a small bag so I didn’t have to check it in.  Like most of the female shoppers, I made a beeline for women’s shoes.  The aisles were crowded but manageable.

To my surprise, there was actually a pretty good selection in my size (37).  I didn’t find any of the Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte, as Racked mentioned in its preview yesterday, in my size or any size other than a 36 and 36 1/2 (I wonder if their reporter bought a pair today).  I spotted a pair of Derek Lam platform boots for $519 (was $1,290), Fendi suede high-heeled boots for $359 (was $900), Proenza Schouler boots for $419 (was $1055), Alexander Wang super-high platform ankle boots for under $500, Celine flats were now $239 (was $610), Proenza Schouler flats were going for $309 (was $775), Marc Jacobs pointy toed flats were $229 and a pair of Prada flats were also under $250.  I had my eye on a pair of Marc Jacobs boots for $359 ($895) but I decided to wait and see what else would show up in the days ahead.  The L-A BWS sale is still going on through February 21st.  Sale organizers usually ship out leftover merchandise from the West Coast and restock the NYC sale.  Let us know if you came out with anything on the first day…

Where/When:  255 W. 17th St. (b/w 7th & 8th Aves).  212-450-8400.  Thurs February 17 to March 6th.  Thurs & Fri (8-9p), Weekends (10-7p), Weekdays (10-9p).