One afternoon in Milan, my husband and I wanted to go outlet shopping so we headed to Switzerland.
We were back in Milan that night for dinner.
I love how the proximity of certain European countries makes it so easy for one to quickly visit neighboring countries. We knew we wanted to do a little shopping (when in Italy, shop at Italian designer stores right?) and my husband was looking for some quality shoes for his new job. We were told by a friend to visit Foxtown Outlets which were only about a one hour drive from Milan. This outlet mostly contained quite a few higher end shops, but we were ready to splurge!
We hadn’t rented a car in Milan, but did find a shuttle via Zani Viaggi travel agency (the pickup/dropoff point was outside the travel agency which was in central Milan by the Cairoli train station). The â‚¬20 bus ticket provided us roundtrip travel and the driver even took us to Swiss customs so we could get the tax back paperwork submitted to customs before heading back to Italy. We were allowed 4 hours to shop which was just fine with us.
The outlet itself is a manageable size and its three stories are spread across two or three different sections.
We definitely saw the designer stores from Dolce & Gabbana to Valentino (drool for Valentino lace and trench coats…maybe some day). Excuse the camera phone photos, but I did what I could to sneakily take photos.
Not everything was high end and we liked looking at the new Swatch designs too.
My husband found quite a few things at Salvatore Ferragamo (he loves the workmanship and styles). The men’s fashion discounts were excellent and he got his shoes for 60% off and his ties for 40% off. I wasn’t looking, but tried on these bright teal peep toe shoes when I saw them on the rack. The color kept drawing me in as well as the lower height (I love to look at platforms, but can’t wear very high shoes).
They were the last pair in the store and that Spend ‘n Chomp husband of mine insisted that we get the shoes. I have never lusted after Ferragamo shoes, but if a brand is known for having quality workmanship, I will take a close look at the products. It was also sweet that my husband wanted to commemorate our trip and our new beginnings. Women’s shoes were discounted only about 40% (retailers always know women will buy more shoes and don’t have to discount as much right), but the price was still better than it would be in the US. I love my new Ribes shoes (you can also a gorgeous red pair on sale here!) I got mine for less than $300 which I thought was pretty fabulous.