Mayday mayday, this is not a drill: Saks Fifth Avenue is opening a shoe-only store in Greenwich, Connecticut. Tell your best friend, tell your neighbor, tell your mother. Alert the elders. And no, this isn't an overreaction. If you're a shoe lover like myself, there's nothing that brings as much joy as not only rows, but levels of shoes. Shiny, beautiful shoes lined up waiting to be tried on.
The store, which is modeled after 10022-Shoe department that's in the Manhattan store, will open in the fall of 2016, which gives us plenty of time to daydream about the possibilities. The entire space is 14,000 square feet, with 11,000 of those dedicated to selling, and 3,000 square feet used for storage. It will be located just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Saks Fifth Avenue women's-only store in Greenwich, according to WWD.
Marc Metrick, president of Saks, said in an interview “This is not just a shoe story,” Metrick added. “Greenwich is a very strong market for Saks. This is going to unlock an underexploited volume opportunity in ready-to-wear," according to WWD. That, it will. This shop will only carry women's shoes, and the existing Greenwich branch will no longer sell footwear.
In an effort to create a shopping experience, the store will be furnished with seating, so shoppers can socialize and truly enjoy their time at the store. Though this store won't exactly have a name yet, it will replicate the Manhattan shoe department in which a VIP room is available, as well as a shoe-repair service. They're not messing around with their footwear, and that, I can 100% relate to.
As Carrie Bradshaw once said, "shopping is my cardio." And this massive store seems to be just that: a place to get my heart rate going, from both the browsing and the excitement of each mule, sling back, pump, and sandal. Fall 2016, you're marked on my calendar.