Do discount shoes equal cheap shoes? No! There are plenty of honorable stores out there that sell quality shoes for less. They're discount shoes, but that doesn't mean they're cheaply made. You can find last season's name brand shoes in stores like TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshall's. You can even find them marked down in regular department stores at the end of a season. Keep your eyes peeled while shopping and you're bound to run across a discount shoe section.
Where Do You Get Discount Shoes Anyway?
Finding discount shoes is easier online, because of all the ads popping up to alert you to the sales. For example, the following stores are known for their selection of discount shoes:
- Shoes.com: Shoes.com offers free shipping, great sale prices, and customer reviews. You can't try them on first, but you'll have a pretty good idea of what you're getting yourself into.
- ShoeBuy: These guys offer free shipping, free return shipping, and no sales tax. In addition, if you find the same shoe for a lower price on another website, they'll refund you 110% of the difference.
- Online Shoes: They offer the same deal as ShoeBuy.com and their prices are already lower than average!
- DSW--Designer Shoe Warehouse: DSW offers designer merchandise for less than regular price. If you hit the clearance section, you stand a good chance of scoring designer heels for a dirt-cheap price.
- RackRoom Shoes: You can't order online, but once you hit the store you'll realize it was worth the drive. Their prices, as of March 30, 2006, include New Balance women's sneakers for just $44.99. They have lower prices than average department stores and a fabulous selection.
- Shoe Carnival: If you can ignore the carnival music, you can find great deals here. They're similar in selection and price to RackRoom Shoes.
- Victoria's Secret: They offer brands like Steve Madden Shoes and Skechers. Their regular prices aren't usually better than department stores, but their Sexy Boots sale is one you won't want to miss!
- Newport News: This is the place for shopping when you're in a funk and need some online retail therapy. You don't have to wait for a sale; their shoe prices are so low!
When to Look for Discounts
Shifting seasons often signal shoe sales. Look for sandals in the fall or winter and boots in the spring and summer. When demand is low, the prices will be, too. Time of year isn't always the factor. You can look for discount shoes when you're feeling down. There's nothing like retail therapy. Visit Payless or Target on blue days. For more great deals, check out eBay.
Discount Shoe Projects
If you've only paid a couple of bucks for a plain pair of shoes, you've got nothing to lose. Update them. Make them funky and unique. If you don't like the results, you can always go back for more. Glue sequins on a pair of plain flip-flops. Trade out plain white laces in your discount Keds for something funkier. For the kid at heart or the artist in your soul, find a last-year's-style of Converse Shoes and doodle away. Discount shoes are a good way to make your shoe wardrobe unique--with no guilt.
Find Discounts the Stores Don't Advertise
The key to online shopping is in coupon codes. If you can't find one specifically for your site, check out eBates. You may not save money right off the bat, but you get cash back later if your online store of choice participates. For other special shoe discounts and coupon codes, try All Online Coupons and Coupon Craze. These coupons cycle out, so if you don't see what you want today, check back later.