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Freda Salvador Sample Sale

Treat yourself to some new shoes and bay views this Saturday, March 28th at Fort Mason.

It's one of my favorite times of the year...the Freda Salvador sample sale! This Saturday (March 28th), for one day only, these supremely cool handmade boots and shoes from Spain (and designed right here in Sausalito) will be available at a huge discount. The shoes normally retail for around $365 to $625, and will be available for only $80 to $180! I'm a huge fan, and ended up buying two pairs of shoes at last years sale.

If it's the same as last year, they divide the room into the different shoe sizes, so it's very easy to spot your size and head over to that area. I usually avoid sample sales because I hate dealing with the chaos, but it was very organized and everyone was friendly and excited about the shoes. I made a trade with one woman for the shoes I wanted (the tall boots I was holding for the oxfords in her hands), and another woman promised me her loafers if she decided not to get them (but of course she did, they were so cute!).

Some expert tips:

• Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off and keep them in your hands when you're trying on shoes or someone might grab them up thinking they are the samples!

• Also, if you're planning on looking for boots or are wary of germs, wear thin socks to try on the shoes and boots.

• Get there early! The sale officially starts at 10 a.m., but the line will start forming earlier than that. However, I got there right at the official start time last year (with at least 200 people in front of me in the line) and still scored some great shoes.

The sale starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. (or until it's sold out) and takes place in the Fort Mason Fleet Room (Building D). If you end up going, share pics of what you bought!

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