As many of us noticed in the last roll-out of new arrivals, J.Crew is now offering the Sperry Top-Sider® Authentic Original 2-Eye Metallic Boat Shoes (Item 20508; $98.00). Which incidentally, has one of the longest product names (10 words!) for J.Crew.
These boat shoes are a nod to the classic preppy style, often associated with our beloved J.Crew. Apparently customers are responding to this new addition, because there is now a wait-listed date of April 16, 2010!
A big "thanks!" to Danielle who found the same exact boat shoes at, of all places, Sperry Topsider.com. The Women's Authentic Original Metallic Boat Shoe (Item 9294455; $85.00) also has no wait-list as it is available to ship immediately.
But wait, there has to be a difference! Yes, there is one small difference between the two boat shoes, which J.Crew mentions: "exclusive details you won't find anywhere else (like grosgrain ribbon at the heel)". So basically, you are paying $13 for an inch of ribbon that no one can see while wearing the shoes. Brilliant.
You've got to find the humor in how J.Crew is offering these shoes with a fancier title & a bit of ribbon, for more money while making customers wait to get them. Well played J.Crew! ;)