Monday, October 07, 2013

Singapore & Shoes

Gianvito Rossi at Takashimaya

One great thing about shopping in Singapore is that all the shoe brands I've been stalking these days seem to be concentrated within a 1 mile radius. 

Actually, make that all in one roof. That of Ngee Ann City, with Takashimaya, Celine and On Pedder just a skip and a hop away from the other.

Since I find the shoes in Singapore more expensive than in the US, I usually just try on shoes there, and then stalk my Net-a-Porter picks until they go on sale.

But actually, things get interesting online. I find that while shoes at Net-a-Porter US are cheaper vs the Philippines, when you set your country to Singapore at Net-a-porter, it is also much cheaper vs the US and the Philippines. Has to do something with taxes, because as far as I know, they don't charge taxes if the CIF value of a product is below $400.

Gianvito Rossi (S$890)  at Takashimaya. I'm a  size 6 for these red pumps but 6.5 for the black version

Take for instance. The Rossis are US$539 in Singapore, US$545 in the US and US$645 in the Philippines. Of course, the US comes out cheaper because shipping is free, but if you have to Johnny Air it here, then you'd spend at least $10.98 for express shipping to Manila anyway. Better to pay the $15 shipping to a friend's house in SG and get the help of frequent traveler friends who will happily bring your purchases home for you, like I do (Hi Naomi and Sara! Heehee!).

Saint Laurent two-tone loafers ($960) at On Pedder, size 36

 S$1000 for Celine skater sneaks? Eeeek! Wish these came in half sizes, the 36 has my toes hitting the tip while the 37 falls off my heel when I walk

Now that I know my sizes on these babies, the waiting begins. I am so ready for sale season, hahaha.

Oh, and for those who want to know where to get ladies Salt-water sandals in Singapore, check out Soon Lee on Haji Lane.

Save for the colors on back-order, they have quite a variety of colors on hand:

Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road #08-05
Singapore 238873
Tel: +65 6233 9991  

Soon Lee
73 Haji Lane
Trading Hours
12:00pm - 9:00 pm daily
1:00pm - 8:00 pm on S


christine uy said...

hi christine!

how to do Johnny Air shipping from the US to manila? and do they also do that for Singapore?


Tin Dychiao said...

Hi Christine, Johnny Air only works for the US! Here's how:

Happy online shopping!

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