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Sak's Footwear Sale Leads to 'Utter Chaos,' Mad Dash for high Heels

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on December 28, 2011 5:56 AM

Discounted designer shoes bring out the crazy -- and the crazy fashionistas.

Hundreds of shoe lovers took out their after-Christmas aggression at New York City's Saks Fifth Avenue Monday morning in a scene that could only be described as "utter chaos." The high-end retailer was having a 4-hour, 60% off shoe sale.

The rare year-end sale predictably ended in a year-end Saks shoe riot.

Women were fighting over red-soled Louboutins and studded Brian Atwood flats. They were throwing down over Prada wedges and Proenza deathtraps. Elbows were flying -- and so were the insults.

Things got nasty up in there.

They got even worse when employees announced that shoes would only be 40% come noon. Women began pushing in line in an attempt to make the cut, reports the New York Post. And then security got involved.

They closed down the entire 8th floor shoe department, ending the fashion frenzy.

The intrepid fashionistas were lucky to get out unscathed, as jailhouses typically don't permit dangerous footwear. The Saks shoe riot would have ended with all types of charges if the police had gotten involved.

Assault here, battery there. Stiletto? Deadly weapon. Destruction of property? No one cares if you saw them first.

And Saks is equally as lucky that no one got hurt -- at least physically. There will likely be reports of emotional distress.

Despite all the chaos, the Saks shoe riot does have one thing going for it -- unlike last week's Air Jordan riot, there were no guns involved.

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