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AK for the Poor Girl | Manolo's Shoe Blog

AK for the Poor Girl

Manolo says, once again the Manolo he is being besieged by the poor girls who need the help finding the affordable shoes. Letters like this one below, they are typical.

Dear Manolo,

I need shoes like a fish needs water, but I don’t have any money. Please, help me.

Your devoted fan,


As always the Manolo he tells the poor girls to save their moneys and buy the most super fantastic shoes. Nothing can compare to the confidence and pleasure one finds in wearing the beautiful, well-made shoes.

Yet, at the same of the times, the Manolo knows what it is like to be poor, so poor that you must construct your own super fantastic shoes out of the subscription inserts found in the fashion magazines you have retrieved from the dumpster behind the offices of the Conde Nast.

And so the Manolo he would recommend to his poor friends the shoes of the AK Anne Klein, as being stylish and affordable. Here are three that have especially struck the fancy of the Manolo, all of which sell for under $100 of the American dollars.

Fletcher by AK Anne Klein     Manolo Likes!  Click!

This smart high-heeled loafer, it is the handsome office shoe, one that would serve the poor girl well while she saves her moneys.

Margy by AK Anne Klein    Manolo Likes!  Click!

This slingback, it would be good for both the office and the dinner afterwards.

Dawnette by AK Anne Klein   Manolo Likes!  Click!
Here is the lower heeled pump that one would not be ashamed to wear to the office.

Yes, these inexpensive shoes they are undoubtedly made in the China, from leather whose provenance it is perhaps best described as “dubious”, but the designs they the good, and the shoes themselves they will keep the poor girl shod until she can afford something better.

15 Responses to “AK for the Poor Girl”

  1. Donna February 1, 2006 at 1:52 pm #

    Why don’t these poor girls go to places like DSW to find the super fantastic shoes at the bargain price? The selection at my local DSW is outstanding, I can find Prada, Pucci, Gucci, Coach, even Choo there. Last time I went i found a fantastic pair of Cavalli low heeled pumps in a very un-Cavalli print (not animal print, it’s called Cosmos). They were only $60 (originally $500+) and they were brand new. They may have been a few seasons old, but classics never go out of style. Sure, sometimes I go and don’t find anything good, but i usually do. And I only go to the clearance racks, as I am a poor girl myself. A smart poor girl knows that places like DSW, Neiman’s Last Call, Off 5th and places of that nature will have fantastic shoes at fantastic prices.

  2. Anonymous February 1, 2006 at 1:56 pm #

    ^thats absolutely true- also ebay you can sometimes find good prices on designer (blahnik, choo, prada) shoes

  3. Miss Tanya February 1, 2006 at 2:13 pm #

    The poor girl should also collect the coupons from the mailbox that are good at the Bloomingdales and the Macys. Team them up with the one day sale and you can sometimes get shoes at 75% off. I did this recently with the shoes of the Cole Haan.

  4. Zsa February 1, 2006 at 2:25 pm #

    Consignment stores in good neighbourhoods can also produce good finds… Sometimes rich ladies are very fickle! I have found both a pair of Manolo Blahniks, and Dolce and Gabanna mary-janes that were never worn, and my size for more than 50% off ticket price!

  5. Liz February 1, 2006 at 2:52 pm #

    Good advice on where to find good buys, although it’s still nice to know some shoes that are current without being pricey. My budget is never going to extend to $500 for shoes, no matter how fabulous. For $500, they had better pick themselves up off the floor and put themselves away and, for that matter, fetch me some slippers and clean up the rest of my closet.

  6. Jerri February 1, 2006 at 3:20 pm #

    Can someone explain to me the DSW premise? I mean, I’ve studied economics, and I know if you can buy something that WAS $500 today for $50, there is a reason. Is this last-season’s stuff? Unusual styles? Odd sizes? Or are you investing your time by popping in every two weeks and hoping for the best? That savings isn’t coming for nothing.

  7. Karen February 1, 2006 at 3:53 pm #

    Maybe Manolo knows the answer. Why don’t the superfantastic shoes come in wide widths?

  8. Ancrene Wiseass February 1, 2006 at 5:42 pm #

    Oh! Manolo, those loafers are so superfantastic that this poor girl is drooling. Thanks!

  9. annie February 1, 2006 at 6:47 pm #

    You’ve been mentioned over at Instapundit as possibly calling the Fashion Police instead of the regular ones for those who would show up to the State of the Union Address wearing a t-shirt with a message, noble or not!

  10. stilettogirl84 February 1, 2006 at 8:02 pm #

    ^ Jerri- the DSW by me (st. louis mo) doesn’t have near the selection of high end shoes as the first poster is describing

    the last time I went, there was a stack of 3 season’s old Prada and Miu Miu, but I really am not that big a fan- I much prefer the styles of Blahnik or choo-

    However the off fith outlet did have a much wider selection- i didn’t get anything, but I saw quite a few thigs I liked for reasonable(??)prices- (less than 200.00)

  11. elayne February 1, 2006 at 8:44 pm #

    Who or what is a DSW?

  12. stilettogirl84 February 1, 2006 at 10:26 pm #

    discount shoe warehouse- it’s where out of season shoes are sent after they don’t sell on clearance at the regular retailers

  13. jenny February 1, 2006 at 11:41 pm #

    I’d kill to have a DSW nearby. Almost. Discount shoe-shopping ’round here is a sad affair. So those of you in great urban areas complete with fantastic bargains and selection galore, take note: Next time you bemoan the lack of selection or quality of merchandise in your area, think of the poor, starving children in Utah who’d be happy to have that!

    I have found many pairs of Anne Klein shoes @ TJMaxx-type stores around here, though, and they’re always beautiful, joyously comfortable and incredibly well-made. My trophy: a pair of deep purple pointy pumps w/a small gold buckle for $1.99. (Of course, I bought them several years ago, before they were actually “in style.” Takes about 3 years for things to catch up ’round here…)

  14. pbird February 2, 2006 at 2:01 am #

    The best shoes don’t come in wide as a form of exclusivity. It increases the perceived value of the shoes. Surely you know that part of the reason fashion costs so much is because of its perceived value or the whole fashion thing.
    In marketing, it increases the value of an object if it can only be had by a few.

  15. Sarah April 5, 2006 at 10:31 am #

    Actually, DSW carries mostly in season product. Their designer duds may be one or two season back, but most of their shoes are the same stuff you’re going to find at department stores right now. They buy so much more product that the department stores do that they get it at a much cheaper price and are able to pass their discounts on to the customer. Also, they don’t have 400% markups like department stores have. The best deals to be found are in their clearance racks.