It's all about savings on shoes

By Ami Albernaz
Globe Correspondent / August 4, 2011

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All About Shoe has women’s styles marked down 20-50 percent through the end of the month as part of its summer sale. Find sandals, ballet flats, loafers, and other comfort footwear from Butter, Arcopedico, FLY London, Vaneli, La Plume, and others. The store also has handbags at 40 percent off and scarves for up to 50 percent off. All About Shoe is at 333 Walnut St., Newtonville, 617-527-2330.

SEMIANNUAL AND POP-UP SALES Hudson starts its semiannual sale on Monday, with select items including inventory and floor-sample furniture marked down up to 60 percent and custom orders for case goods, upholstery, lighting, and bed linens discounted 20 percent. Pop-up sales with additional discounts will be held throughout the sale; sign up for Hudson’s e-mail list to stay informed. During the sales tax holiday weekend (Aug. 13-14), the store will pay sales tax on items exceeding the $2,500 limit. The semiannual sale is expected to run through Sept. 5. Hudson is at 312 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-292-0900, and 61A Central St., Wellesley, 781-239-0025. (The Boston store moves around the corner to 12 Union Park Street over Labor Day weekend.)

THIS WAREHOUSE STORES GOOD DEALS 344 recently opened a warehouse store in the Natick Mall, with good deals on young and spirited clothes and accessories. We saw colorful print maxi dresses for $29; camisoles in assorted colors for $4.99 and $9.99; and heavily discounted tops from Splendid, Free People, and others. Shoes from Chinese Laundry, Steve Madden, Seychelles, and others were also marked down steeply. All items are final sale (no returns or exchanges). 344 Warehouse Store, Natick Mall, 1245 Worcester St., Natick, 508-545-2527.

GET A TAN WITHOUT SUN AT THE SPA If you haven’t had time to work on your tan or need to limit your sun exposure, you might consider Chuan Body + Soul’s “Buff and Bronze’’ special, an hourlong exfoliation and sunless tanning treatment that’s discounted through the end of the month. A hydrating body scrub made with botanical products is followed by a streak-free sunless tanning lotion application. The treatment normally costs $120, but is now $99. Call the spa at 617-422-5108 to book in advance. Chuan Body + Soul is at the Langham, Boston, 250 Franklin St., Boston.

ADD BLING ON A BUDGET Should you need budget-friendly costume jewelry for any occasion, let us recommend Bling! Of Boston, a newish mini-boutique inside Filthy Rich of Boston. The selection includes fun necklace-and-earring sets, most for under $25; David Yurman-inspired button earrings for $14; faux-jeweled hairpins and clips for $7-$10; and DaVinci charm beads for $9 each (get a fifth bead free when you buy four). Pashmina scarves at the back of the store are $15 each or two for $25, and a sale table has a rotating group of items discounted 50 percent. Bling! Of Boston is at 236A Hanover St., Boston, 857-366-4620.


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