Why Purchase Designer Shoes Online

In this first article that I have written, I explain to you why it is a good idea to look to the internet for purchasing a pair of designer shoes or any other designer item that you are looking for.

Certainly you will discover once you starting search the internet just how many people have purchased such items as designer shoes at a lower price than that they would pay in a shop. Over the last few years eBay has become one of the biggest household names where millions of people have become registered users and are benefiting from the large amount of auctions that are happening on the site every day.

One store that sells women’s shoes was recently reported as being one of the largest stores on the eBay site and whether you search for an eBay store or an auction listing you will discover just how many women’s shoes are available. You will discover page upon page of either new or nearly new women’s shoes available on the site.

The biggest thing about shopping for designer shoes online is the price that you will pay. Although some of the online stores that ask a high price for the products that they are selling they will still be very competitive. In fact you may find the price being charged for designer footwear is too high and this is possibly where eBay can come to your rescue.

Certainly the selling of designer items on eBay has generally become quite profitable, but at the end of the day it really does come down to what you are willing to pay.

You will normally find that designer items being sold on eBay normally sell for less than their retail price.

The options available to you for searching through eBay auctions makes it easier for you to get a pair of designers shoes at the last minute for a lot less than you would be in a retail outlet.

A lot of the top internet shoe stores are now offering designer shoes at reasonable prices so over the last few years have had more just of being able to purchase a pair of high fashion labeled from such people as Dior, Gucci, Prada and Jimmy Choo to name but a few. This is accomplished because eBay are able to offer the medium where women’s designer shoes can be sold at heavily discounted prices.

Even though there is still some competition with regard to the prices being paid on eBay for designer shoes the buyers are still bidding and the demand for this item is still strong. It is quite common when competing on price in respect of certain items that sellers can completely price themselves out of the market. But because the demand for designer items on eBay is so high many sellers and store owners found on eBay continue to enjoy profitable sales on the many designer items such as shoes etc. that they are selling.

Shopping and Dining in Miami

It is well known that Miami offers some of the best shopping on the East Coast of America. There are a plethora of designer stores which over the years have helped mould Miami into something of a fashion hub. If you need proof of this, just check out Miami Fashion Week, which attracts thousands of international designers every year and is now the biggest show for Caribbean and Latin American designers world-over.

Over the years, Miami has developed its own unique sense of style. This is partly down to Miami’s heavy Hispanic culture, which is reflected in many stores and boutiques, which offer some incredibly eye catching and iconic clothing.

With so many shopping and dining options in Miami, choosing a venue to shop or eat can be a tricky decision, especially for those new to the area. To help make that decision easier, three of the most popular destinations are listed below.

Dolphin Mall

Dolphin Mall is the largest mall in Miami and boasts over 200 shops, cafes and restaurants. As well as the more typical outlets, such as Gap, Nike and Starbucks, you can also visit some major designer outlets, including Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.

If you’re looking for something to eat, there’s the KOBE Japanese Steak and Seafood, Tango Grill Parrillada and a host of Latin influenced restaurants. There’s also the Cinebistro – a concept cinema offering top cuisine, fine wines & cocktails and a movie.

Aventura Mall

At the three-storey Aventura Mall, you will find a vast selection of shopping and dining experiences. There’s a Disney Store, Louis Vuitton, an ever-fragrant Lush soap outlet and an entire store devoted to Lego. The eating options are also plentiful, with a host of local and world cuisines all available in the mall.

The mall also holds regular events, such as the farmers market which offers shoppers some of the finest fresh produce in the area. There are often huge discount sales in the mall, giving consumers the chance to make some major savings on designer brands.

Bal Harbour Shops

On a sunny day in Miami, few things beat a spot of retail therapy down at Bal Harbour. This upscale complex is one of the few remaining family owned malls still operating in America, and is arguably the best looking retail area in the whole of Miami.

Since the designer label Gucci set up shop in Bal Harbour during the 1970’s, many designer brands have flocked to the area. Nowadays, Bal Harbour is populated almost entirely by world renowned fashion brands, with Versace, Giorgio Armani, Dolce and Gabbana and Fendi all currently residing in the complex.

Lincoln Road

For an entirely different shopping experience, try Lincoln Road Mall – perhaps the most alternative shopping centre in the region. The mall is ten blocks wide, and is largely closed to traffic. Lincoln Road offers some exquisite architecture, arty boutiques and private cafes. Some of the best Miami hotels are conveniently located in the area, making Lincoln Road an ideal destination for budding tourists.

The stalls at the Green market on the upper east side of Lincoln Road sell some amazing local produce, including an incredible array of local seafood. Hungry visitors can indulge in some freshly caught crabs, made-to-order ribs or an array of wonderful homemade snacks. There’s also endless amounts of art and craft stalls in the area, with all kinds of weird and wonderful trinkets on display. If you’re looking for a more refined dining experience, there’s also a good selection of restaurants and bars in the area that help contribute to the flourishing and atmospheric nightlife.

The Credit Crunch Moth – Why Fashion’s Super Brands Are Watching

Superbrands Burberry, Bulgari, Dior and Gucci are watching the demise of their high street counterparts with interest.

Despite spinning in a different orbit to stores such as USC and The Officers Club, the superbrands, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Gucci, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton and Chanel – synonymous with glamourpusses such as Britney Spears, Jessica Alba, Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera, and Beyonce – are keen to ensure damage limitation for their brands during the economic downturn.

The credit crunch moth

When French women’s clothing store chain Morgan went into administration at the end of 2008, it was just another example of the credit crunch moth eating into a well-known clothing brand (albeit French) with stores now set to close across the UK.

The proliferation of high street clothing stores biting the dust is just desserts, some argue, for some chains whose hefty profit margins were exposed by more competitively priced so-called ‘disposable fashion’ stores such as Primark and Matalan, resulting in a dramatic switch in UK shopping habits (over the past eight years, these brass end retailers have doubled their share of the market).

No High Street miracle, despite the influence of Zac Efron and Miley Cyrus

With the demise of household names like USC and Mark One, Britain’s clothing retail sector, it seems, has never had it so bad. Despite many stores tapping into the High School Musical and Hannah Montana market with its American youth-inspired lines, it’s not been enough to stop the downfall of many of the mid-priced stores. What is a celebrity shopper like Jade Goody or Lindsay Lohan to do?

The uncertain future for superbrands like Gucci, Dior, Bulgari and Dolce & Gabbana

Traditionally, companies at the luxury end of the market are hit hardest by a global economic downturn (Whittards, anyone?), so, surely, it’s only a matter of time before these big names go under.

After all, the company at the heart of it all, Lehman Brothers, pointed out that up to 60 percent of the luxury goods industry’s customers remain in classic, developed markets, which are notoriously pummeled in a recession.

A worrying time of uncertainty for any American Idol looking to wow the red carpets in that knockout Versace dress. Is it finally downsize time on the celebrity circuit?

Are we, the common men and women of Britain, to be confronted (and affronted) by the sight of Britney in a heavily discounted sequined top (pack of three) from Asda or have our eyes assaulted by the image of David Beckham stepping from his shiny Bentley in a hand-stitched white leather jacket (ethically sourced) for under £50 from TK Maxx (or, as my sister-in-law calls it for added chic mystique, Tee-kay-mah).

Editors and buyers, after all, are saying we are now entering the age of minimalism and austerity.

Mamma Mia or Mamma See Ya?

o Gucci president Danielle Vitale says the credit crisis will affect the G brand in the short term but she’s not too concerned thanks to healthy international sales and the fact that Gucci is a truly global brand with a wide customer base and that it has seen off recessions before

o Burberry has been particularly affected by the slowdown in the US economy, saying its US outlets are expected to place smaller orders this year. Hopefully Burberry CEO’s decision to diversify the label, giving their signature plaid a backseat, will prove to be a wise decision in 2009

o Yves Carcelle, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton, has dismissed the economic downturn as having ‘no impact’ on his company. Explaining his bold claim, he states that when things are uncertain, Louis Vuitton thrives because it is ‘of eternal value’

o The move towards a less ostentatious 2009 in the fashion world seems to have been reflected in Bulgari CEO Francesco Trapani’s decision to sell his classic 137-foot yacht, which was known as the Bulgari yacht with Trapani sometimes conducting interviews on it

o Dior CEO Sidney Toledano isn’t worried about his superbrand or it’s survival during the recession, telling the Associated Press, “When times are tough, the mistake is to throw in the towel. I use this metaphor – when the kids are not hungry, you have to cook even nicer dishes to stoke their appetite.”

Ironically, it may be lower-end retailers, such as H&M and Kmart, who provide the lifeline for superbrands during the lean months of 2009, maintaining the link between chic and high street. They’re now providing the best of both worlds to consumers.

These brass end retailers have enjoyed great success with designer collections, such as Stella McCartney for Puma, Issac Mizrahi for Target, and Karl Lagerfeld for H&M.

And so the love affair between brass end high street retailer and superbrand seems to be allowing both to endure for now. In the words of another famous love affair, Romeo and Juliet, “What’s in a name?”

It appears, for now at least, the superbrands still smell as sweet…but alas, poor isolated Morgan is the latest to fall upon its sword.

Only time will tell if the Guccis and Diors of this world will suffer a similar fate.

The Oakley Outlet! The One Thing You Cannot Miss at the Oakley Shop

Are you looking for an Oakley outlet? If you want to go to a magical place where its blue skies and where all your wild snow dreams will come true then let me educate you on where to go. When you go to this magical place you will find everything you need from two finger gloves to crazy beanies and snow gear.

I personally love snowboarding which is why I love talking about the mountains but did you know that at the Oakley outlet you will not only find snow gear but also find a wide selection of accessories which are specifically made to look good for the fashion bunnies out there. You can get footwear like snow shoes if you are going somewhere cold or you can also buy hiking shoes or golf gear. For those travelers out there, you will need a backpack or surfboard protection socks which you can find there as well.

What I love about Oakley outlets is where it all started. Let me paint you a picture. Way back in the day on a sunny morning in 1975, a young man invented the motorcross handlebar grip which again, provides an awesome solution to a big problem. The problem was that most handlebar did not offer these super grips. So one morning this man sat in his manly garage and put his idea into life. He wasn’t a rich man, just a man with a plan.

As it turns out, the motocross handlebars never really took off but then another great idea came to his head. That is his amazing Oakley ski goggles which were that great that they are still in mass production today. Athletes and pros love them. Beginners even support the style. This is why the brand name lives on and is well loved by all sportsmen and women.

Some people say that the Oakley outlet has some of America’s best sunglasses because of the UVA and UVB protection. Others prefer high-end fashion brands like Prada or Gucci sunglasses instead of Oakley ray ban sunglasses because of that wow factor on the fashion runway. It all depends if the person has a sporty style or just loves to follow the current trends and be fashionable like they are in vogue magazines instead. No matter what you choose, the experts say that a polarized pair, no matter where you get them, are best as they are used by athletes and professionals to reduce glare effect from water surface.

One fantastic thing about the ski goggles that you can get at the Oakley outlet is that some designs are made to fit your prescription eyeglasses under the goggle lens. Now if that is not amazing then I don’t know what is. This guy thinks of everything. Songs were even written about the rose colored lenses.

The craze about Oakley is that you can wear these goggles not only for hard physical activities in the snow such as skiing and snowboarding, but if you live in a place like Whistler, Canada then you will probably want to do some serious mountain biking in the summer and maybe even some motorcross. Whatever your life journey is and which ever adventure you choose to pursue, then you will find what you need at the Oakley outlet.

You will probably need to bring something waterproof when you are outdoors so stop by your local Oakley outlet and try on some jackets and other apparel. If it is good enough for an astronaut and the athletes then its good enough for you.

At the end of the day, whether you go in there to sharpen up your snowboard or if you just want to try on some snow boots, the sales team will be happy to help you and make you feel like the valued customer that you are. Have a play and look around the Oakley outlet as I am sure you will find something that you love for many seasons to come.