Heels and deals
Word in the retail world is that shoppers are skipping picking up new winter gear this season because cozy old coats and boots will suffice for abbreviated cold-weather spells. But topsy-turvy temperatures might mean April showers will bring May blizzards, so we think it would still be smart to shop Heel Boy 's (682 Queen West, 416-362-4335, www.heelboy.com) two-for-one sale, on now. Pick up toasty styles by Firetrap , Miss Sixty and Kenneth Cole .
Leslieville gift shop Festoon (1025 Queen East, 416-461-4495) kicks off the Valentine's Day shopping season (less than four weeks to go) with some love-ly deals. Torre & Tagus 's vintage-style highball glasses are $25 for a set of four, and Fortune Cookie undies come packed in Chinese food containers and printed with reviews of your bedroom prowess. On February 1, Festoon will be relocating down the street to 1101 Queen East.
It might seem a little odd to say this in a shopping column, but this time of the year has us feeling a little retailed out. Swishy Yorkville mall Hazelton Lanes (55 Avenue Road, 416-969-8680, www.hazeltonlanes.com) tempts us out of our spending apathy with its annual Designer Sidewalk Sale , on now until Sunday (January 21). Two floors' worth of designer shops including Andrew's , Amance lingerie, Browns Shoes , Nanni Belt & Designs and Jacadi children's wear are marking down selected items by up to 70 per cent.
Snowbirds prepping to head down south and early birds looking for great pre-swimming-season deals should check out Ups & Downs Swimwear 's (2010 Queen East, 416-686-3997 ) store closing sale, on now. The basement clearance area is full of mismatched suit tops and bottoms price-slashed to $10, by labels including Perry Ellis , Guess and Esprit . The shop's also offering discounts of up to 70 per cent on coats, totes, flip-flops and warm-weather separates.
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