Thursday, February 28, 2013

Spikey V.'s Miami Shopping Guide

Are you going to Miami and do you want to make great shopping while there?

1) Read my Miami Shopping Guide post and plan carefully your shopping...

2) Don't look for European design brands, if you are a EU citizen (Most European brands such as Jimmy Choo, Sergio Rossi and Valentino are more expensive in US than in Europe). As many of you are aware, other brands such as Abercrombie, Converse, Tiffany and UGG are cheaper in the US.

3) Rent a car/take a bus  (Miami stores are spread over a large area and rental cars are cheaper than taxis)

4) don’t forget to have some extra room  in your baggage to store your shopping items, if you fly (an extra luggage to be shipped can cost about 100 USD and Miami security controls only allow 2 carry-on luggages per traveller, at least in my last trip )

4) Start and enjoy your shopping trip :-)

1)      Miami Beach – Lincoln Rd.

Lincoln Rd. (between 16th and 17th Street), it’s a road closed to traffic and one of the US's first pedestrian malls. This road is crowded of trendy stores, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and art galleries. It's really nice to walk there after the beach or in a relaxed shopping tour.

My picks: <3

Aldo - fake jewelry and accessories - really funny and cheap, I bought an "Alexander McQueen" skull clutch with studs replica for 45 USD and some bracelets

Apple Store (for all non US citizens, it’s a must and very convenient)

7 For All Mankind: their skinny jeans are a must, they have a good fit and they are not too heavy and durable(I bought one pair in white)

AllSaints: this British brand is known for "offering sharp edge, directional clothing with a muted palette dominated by blacks, browns, whites and grays." I liked their brick, wood and metal store and bought a white jeans jacket and a simple gray dress (I was not able to find the boyfriend jeans shorts in the picture).

Coltorti Boutique
A sophisticated Italian high fashion retail chain where you can find  Ruthie Davis shoes together with Valentino, Sergio Zanotti, …

Virginia Secret - how not to stop there ? (This time I was tempted to buy a pair of their fluffy angel wings, to use them for my next Carnival costume ;-) )

Y-3  (Sportswear - collaboration with Adidas of Yohji Yamamoto, the famous Japanese designer )

Romero Britto Art Gallery

Other stores         

It was great fun, in particular looking at some crazy shoes….

2)      Bal Harbour Shops – 9700 Collins Av. Miami

In Bal Harbour you can find the best and high class luxury stores in Miami, gathered in an open-air shopping mall, stores range from Tiffany, to Prada, Chanel, Dior, Alexander McQueen, Valentino... Interesting place, even if the general attitude of the merchandize is a bit too much "ladylike". I saw many designers shoes such the ones below by Sergio Rossi, you can see other pics in my FB page: Shoe Buzz by Spikey V Blog - Facebook Page

My pick:


Tiffany jewelry are cheaper in US than Europe. I got a small bead silver bracelet with the peace symbol, I was not able to find it in Italy (just a "little accent" to remember my trip to Miami).

3) Aventura Mall - 19501 Biscayne Boulevard Aventura, Fl
If you don’t have much time for shopping, a mall can be a good option: at Aventura Mall, close to Miami International Airport,  you will find brands such as Abercrombie, 7 for all mankind, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton and soon Cartier…

That's all...let me have your comments or write me an email ( for more...


Spikey V.


  1. Grazie Spikey, sei forte, ho prenotato x Miami qualche giorno fa dal 25 aprile al 5 maggio, seguirò i tuoi consigli, qualche gg di sano SHOPPING non me lo leva nessuno! Bacio Martina

  2. Brava Martina, non posso che approvare :-) andare a Miami senza fare un po' di shopping/curiosare tra i negozi è come andare al ristorante senza assaggiare nulla :-)

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