Shoes: shoes I love. Shoe shopping: not so much. Although Bus Stop Boutique may have changed my mind about that. Unlike the torture of some department stores, shopping here is like stopping by your best girlfriend's place, the one who just happens to have a stash of fun, funky and fabulous shoes you don't see everywhere else. Shoes so great they get your photo in the Streetgazing blog of Big Rube Harley, Philadelphia Daily News photographer / aka Philly's hiphop Bill Cunningham. (That's me, in brown, at the Lagos party, photo #8 on his blog). And so comfortable you can then walk home 20 city blocks in them (oh yes I did). And for that I have to thank sales associate Aubrie, who chose those lovely retro tan and ivory Poetic Licence peep-toe d'Orsay pumps for me while we were sitting in the store chatting -- completely unhurried, no pressure to buy at all.
That's the kind of atmosphere owner Elena Brennan has cultivated at Bus Stop, one of the first fashion stores to appear on a street in Philadelphia more famous for its discount fabrics. It was a bold move taken four years ago, just before the economy took a dive. Brennan has survived though due to her personal service, original selection and attractive price point, with many shoes around $100. Brands include Irregular Choice, Nicole and Cavage; and range in style from elegant hand-made Marcello Toshi (photo 4, above, another purchase of mine, snagged in the back-of-the-store discount section), to kooky fuzzy waterproof strawberry-scented Melissa brand's Mary-Jane pumps (photo 5). This month, for you dear readers, all these shoes will be even more attractive, with a special Style Maniac discount (see below). All the more reason to get in her shoes.
|Bus Stop owner Elena Brennan|
750 South 4th Street, Philadelphia PA, 19147
Phone: (215) 627-2357
(add +01 for international calls)
SPECIAL OFFER for Style Maniac Readers:
Take 15% off full price shoes through November 30, 2011.
Use code "SHOES" to purchase in the store or via phone.
FAVORITE THINGS: Shoes! All photos by Doreen Creede. To see me in those Poetic Licence pumps, plus more about the Lagos party, stop by my Tumblr blog, Maniac Finds later this week.
"Use the good china for breakfast."