I do not like wearing high heel shoes. And I do not like to spend a lot of money on shoes of any kind. I rarely pick up a pair that isn’t on the clearance rack.
Alas, I am virtually alone in my circle of friends when it comes to this. Women love shoes. Designer, four-inch heels, sassy sandals and boots that will make your head spin. It is not all that rare these days to find men with more tennis shoes than they can wear. One thing even the most shoe savvy shoppers have in common: They prefer a good deal.
A friend of mine told me that he found a pair of very expensive shoes for his wife by using FreeCycle.org, where customers exchange all kinds of items they no longer want for things they do want or need. His wife is best left in the dark about the source of this deal, but when I learned about it, I applauded.
It’s difficult to find what I would inexpensive designer shoes, but there certainly means of getting them for far less than you’d pay at full-price. This post on WiseBread.com helps, offering shoe-shopping tips for the Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Vera Wang-wearing ladies who can’t get enough of designer shoes. Click here to get the full details on each suggestion, but here’s the abbreviated version:
1. Online Designer Sales
Sample sales are gold mines for getting discounted designer goods. These sales may feature excess merchandise from the current season or goods that didn’t sell from last season. In ancient times, you had to find where sample sales were being held and travel by foot and compete with other shoppers; those days are no more. Now, there are several websites that host sample sales on a regular basis. Gilt, Rue La La, Ideeli, Beyond the Rack, and Haute Look are just a few.
2. Shoe Clubs
Other than your inner shoe circle, where can you find other shoe lovers? A shoe club. Check out Hello Stiletto.
3. Consignment Shops
Consignment shops are often full of designer treasures. In many big cities, certain shops deal only in designer goods, but do not be afraid! The prices are still reasonable. You may be able to pick up a pair of perfect designer bejeweled strappy sandals that have only been worn once for $100.
4. Thrift Stores
The best approach is to befriend the staff and find out when the new shoe inventories arrive. Hit the store on that day and see if there are any designer treasures to find!
5. Retail Store Specials
Nothing like the semi-annual sales to save on your bottom line.
Want more? Check out this list of the best online sites for designer shoes. One I didn’t see here is a site I recently discovered, MyShoes.com.
Question: What tips do you have for finding great deals on designer shoes?