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Matisse Sample Sale Review – Spring 18

May 7, 2018

Matisse sample sale shoes

The Matisse sample sale is one of my favorite shoes sales I shop. You might not recognize the Matisse Footwear name right off the bat, but I’m sure you’ve seen their edgy, western-influenced shoes and boots at Free People, Anthropologie or Nordstrom. Their headquarters are about fifteen minutes from me, so I’m even guilty of stopping by their bi-annual sales multiple times. I stock up on shoes for my personal collection, shop for family and friends and buy a few pairs to resell as well.

This season was my second time going to the sale. I had the “brilliant” idea of going during lunch on the first day when they opened. It was a madhouse. The line to get in snaked through the parking lot but moved relatively quickly. Once inside, the shoes are thrown into plastic kiddie pools sorted by size. Each size had about ten pools worth of shoes, unless you’re a sample size 7.5, then there was at least twice as many for you.

The pricing was broken out into Matisse and Coconuts by Matisse lines. Coconuts were $10 less per category, I believe.


  • Flats $20
  • Heels $30
  • Booties $40
  • Calf + Western boots $65
  • Over the knee boots $85

The checkout line ran along the entire perimeter of the warehouse space. Both cash and credit card were accepted, and there was one cash-only line that went much faster than the others.

The second day was much calmer with no line to get in and no line at check-out. They do restock throughout the two-day sale. However, there were a few current season styles that got scooped up on the first day and were not restocked. If you want to avoid the crowds, you’ll still have a pretty good selection on day two. However, if there’s a particular style you’re after, I’d try to hit day one.

As usual, I bought way too many shoes! Here are some of the styles I snagged:

Understated Leather Collection Double Jay Booties Free People Retail $264

Free People x Matisse Double Jay Booties

Wanderlust Voyager Booties Free People Retail $295

Free People x Matisse Wanderlust Voyager Booties

Danny Western Booties Free People Retail $275

Kellen Suede Heel Retail $176

Matisse Kellen Heel

Did you hit the Matisse sample sale too? What was your favorite find? Comment below!

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