One of our favorite parts of the new made-to-order Prada shoes at Saks Fifth Avenue are the boxes that the shoes come in. Printed all over in pleasing patterns that Prada fans will recognize from previous collections — like the lip, the lily, the molecular, and the octagonal prints — the boxes alone might be worth a visit to the department store.
For shoppers who simply cannot deal with that many options, Saks and Prada have teamed up to make a selection of exclusive pumps in their popular 85mm-heel height, available for purchase right away, no waiting.
Cut contributing editor Shiona Turini went to investigate, order, and agonize over which shoes would make the best street-style bait. As Turini put it, laughing, “I am mostly interested in whatever is the most exclusive thing possible.”
Choosing took over an hour. Unless you have a very specific vision, consider bringing a friend. If you prefer to shop for your fancy shoes on the down-low, fear not — a handsome, young, bespectacled Italian man has been imported from Milan, and he can step in to assist you with these difficult decisions.
Even Turini, who has a very firm grasp on her personal style, found herself wavering in the face of so much choice. After consulting Roopal Patel, fashion director of Saks, Turini settled on platform sandals in a pink-and-green-lily pattern. Patel explained that this way of customizing shoes is “basically couture.” With such personalized service, it can take about 60 days for a pair of shoes to arrive — which means they should be here just in time for the warm weather.
Prada’s newly installed in-store boutique is open to the public in Saks’ New York shoe department through April 10, after which it will travel to other parts of the country. So go now if you’re in the market for something no one else will ever have.