Size 7 - I am 7.5 or 8 and usually size up when shoes run in whole sizes. I definitely would not take a 7 in the MacAlisters. They were very tight on my feet. I would go for the 8 for sure. It's really a cute little bootie and the shearling feels like a dream. Yes, those are the cafes in harvest weed (sz 6) that I'm wearing. Love them.
A vent, I guess. On The Mothership I often see comments like -- it's not on sale at my store, or they told me my store didn't have it. If it's one thing that bothers me about J Crew it's two things:
1) B&M associates & telephone service - J Crew in-store retail associates are faaaaar too quick to say they're out of an item without even checking the sales floor. This issue extends to personal shoppers to a degree. I called mine a couple weeks ago looking for something. She said she looked everywhere and they didn't have it. I was in the store 2 hours later. Literally 2 hours or less. I drove right over not too long after speaking w/her. There it was, hanging on the rack. There was only one of the item, but there it was in plain sight; not on up a display. I couldn't decide if she was embarrassed or not. I want to believe that she took a good look around, but I wouldn't put a bet on it. I realize it's 'just a job' for many of them and they don't want to be with the company long term. However, the SAs work w/the merchandise daily and I expect more than what I see and experience. I'll bet I'm more knowledgeable about product information than a good lot of them. Therefore, it truly irks me when they cut me off mid-sentence to say they don't have something when I call on the phone. Can ya just check, please?! It's possible there was a return that you didn't see or a customer was trying on one in the fitting room and now it's back on the rack. I.e. when I was in the store on Thursday, I saw the wynter sequin stripe sweater in XXS and L only. I wanted to try a S on. Not to be found. I came in the next day and there was a S. As I said, some of them will cut me off before I can even finish and not only is it wrong, it's rude. It seems there is a bit of turnover in personnel, and not just due to the holidays. That can be stressful to those that stay and for employees that are new to the store.
2) Pricing - JCAs are very good about reporting information on The Mothership when it comes to pricing. Please let me know if this is inaccurate, but it's is my understanding that in-store price cuts are company wide. So even if your store, or another store you call doesn't have an item physically marked as on sale, when they ring it up it should show the most current, in-store price. For example, the bubble necklace in modern red is now $89.99 in-store. I imagine it's easy for the ticket gun to miss a markdown if there is only one of the item. Of course guns don't ticket the items themselves. Missed markdowns are human oversight. I can see how it happens. A SA thinks there are no more red bubble necklaces and doesn't even check the floor when s/he gets the markdown list. Missed markdown. You call to see if the necklace is on sale and the associate will tell you it's still full price because no one marked the ticket down. Whether you are in-person or on the phone calling to find an item, feel confident about asking them to ring it up and check the price if you believe it to be on sale. If you're nice about it, they should be nice in return. I realize this isn't always the case, but being nice and appreciative of their time -- yes, yes, even though it's their job! -- is usually going to yield a favorable response. J Crew has had many promos to move merchandise and I'll bet a lot of it would've moved if the correct prices were listed. Whoever is in charge of the markdowns in each store should have a serious sense of ownership about their duty. I know I'd want the information to be impeccable if I were in that position.
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