Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Exclusively Online, Or Not

This was in my inbox today: limited edition European Collection. I hadn't seen any European Collection in Gap recently, and was worried. What will I buy at Gap just because it's "European?"

So now it's available but exclusively online. This means I won't find it on the sale racks for $10 or $24. And here's their selection of "Limited" EC boots:

Are these Pierre Hardy? Just say so, Gap. I'm kind of ho-hum on these, although the Mid-Boot ($178) is a good classic, and the heeled desert boot ($138) is weird and intriguing, but looks clunky in the photo. Both have rubber soles, ugh. I know, a desert boot has rubber soles, but they always trip me up. And the black boot, grandma or cute? I might order them all to check out the fit/look, because these boots need to be seen in person (basic cute, or basic dull?). Perhaps Gap was unhappy with all the discounted Pierre Hardy from last season, so now they give us less style and even fewer sizes. The new shoes are available only in 6, 6.5, 7, 8 & 9.

As for the clothes, they weren't kidding when they said limited. I couldn't even find the black separates (or dress?) from their ad, below right:

But this I'd like to try on:

The baltic blue jewel tone dress ($78) and the texture cropped jacket ($98). Note her cute, good grandma lace-up boot on the dress. I don't see these for sale, people. Grrr. And when I was hopped over to Piperlime to check out new boots, I couldn't find this hot bootie (top), either:

No, the beautiful, fold-over brown bootie with the wooden heel is not for sale at Piperlime. The black, Rachel Zoe pick with no wooden heel is where one is directed instead. No, thanks, Rachel, if just for pure annoyance's sake.

Enough. I'm going to go check out some IRL stuff on 34th Street. And who knows, perhaps Gap will have some of this in store one day?

Gap, 60 W. 34th @ 6th Avenue


WendyB said...

The black boot is a nice basic.

Elizabeth said...

How weird that they're touting this stuff as "online only," spinning it all as if it were better.

I do like the brown bootie in the "joy ride" photo, though.

Anonymous said...

I've had many experiences like this: Links in ads that take you to the wrong item. And after much scouring, you discover that your true desire is not available. Possibly never was. DEEPLY annoying.

Good luck on your Gap quest. Curious to hear if those boots are sassy or stodgy.

Anonymous said...

Oh Miss Fashion...what a lot of goodies you showed in your post!

The absence of things one receives mailings on is really annoying. Very.

We do have to agree on the Pierre Hardy boots... yawn. But the teal dress and the textured cropped jacket hold promise! (Especially the jacket.)

Have a splendid pre-Fashion Week week!

Always In Style said...

I'm weirdly drawn to that "sand" boot too.

How frustrating about the online selection thing...I'm not sure what's been going on lately but it seems I've been having problems across the board with online sales.

Sharon S said...

Hi there-I checked out Gap in store last week, as they aren't online in the UK, but there wasn't too much too inspire me:-} I like the heeled desert boots here though!

Anonymous said...

whaaat? that blue dress is at gap now? must. get. hands. on. it. now!

Tricia said...

wendy - i think it's a good basic, too, or is it? I want it mano a mano!
enc - that brown bootie is hot.
and sal - exactly, they should make that damn brown boot!
TP - the jacket is you! it looks good when you zoom in on it online, too.
always - dying to see it on the foot!
sharon - gaps can really vary. 34th Street is huge and has lots to choose.
krissy - online only! Run!

..... said...

i want the gap trench coat ryan mcginley wore on the ad

ramona.ny said...

love your B&H post darliiing! i can't live without B&H, for all my photography stuff! they have it all!


Anonymous said...

love the jewel-colored dress with the dark tights!

Couture Carrie said...

The teal dress looks fab.
And I love the new profile pic!!


ButterflyDiary said...

Oh, the Baltic Blue dress, yes! and the chunky heeled Oxfords, yes!! Love them!

Xmastime said...

i have a man's version of those black boots! wow. i really AM a fashionbeasta!

Anonymous said...

it's so weird because i never look at gap stuff and just today i looked at gap.com and saw those boots on there! i was pulled to them. but, now that you point out they're rubber bottoms i'm not too excited about them. i've got chloe sandals with rubber soles and it's just not condusive to nice sandals. the rubber gets all mucked up. =/

Imelda Matt - The Despotic Queen of Shoes said...

thank gwad this was stinking up my inbox. WTF? A heeled desert boot.

Anonymous said...

love these shoes )

Syed said...

Hmm not too sure how I feel about these to be hoonest. The top boot in the joy ride picture looks pretty cool though!

Seeker said...

Here La Redoute put somethings "online only", never understood why.


Anonymous said...

gimme an oxford with a heel! GIMME!