I was all geeked about Shop It To Me, as it is a genius concept. And I stand by that statement. But after the first email they sent, showing about 50 items from designers I chose in my size from a bunch of different online stores, it dried up. And fast. Because once they show you everything out there from their six participating stores that are on sale, the sequential emails are then pretty scarce. It may get better if they can get more stores on board, but for now, it's kind of a snore.
Then there comes the problem of shopping online without seeing your beloved product in person. Take, for example, the Prada shoes I bought via SITM from Great Bargains. Online, they looked a little bit platformy, and pretty cool. In person, notsoverymuch. The world's most weirdly pointed/square toe. A totally bizarre sole. Not so good at all. And I'm not too big to admit it: the NINE Loehmann's price tags (reducereducereduce) on them didn't give me much confidence before I even opened the box.
However, there is an upside: I discovered a GREAT site that lists their stuff on SITM: Yoox. Finally, some innovation online. They have limited-edition items, vintage, high-end exclusives, and great sales.
I fell in love with these Viktor & Rolfs with gold chain decorated toes, and knew they had to be mine. And they did not disappoint. Not at all. They're not quite my Henry Beguelins, but they were half the price and all the sexy.