For most of us, shoes are a necessity. For others, they are much more than that, a passion maybe. Whatever your relationship with shoes, you don’t have to overspend to have good looking, comfortable shoes. In fact, deals abound when it comes to shoe shopping. Smart strategies can save you more money, so you can either buy more shoes or use your savings to splash out on something else. Here are my smart ways to save money on shoes.
- Buy in the sales. This sounds simple, but it’s easier when you have a small or large foot size rather than something in the middle of the range. With my very average foot size, I find it difficult to get sales bargains, but I know friends with small feet that have got some amazing bargains. Take a look at Supersales at any time of year. If it’s Nike sale time, it’s particularly worth checking out.
- Buy off season. If you buy your winter boots in the height of summer or your sandals in January, you might be able to pick up a real bargain.
- If you are a fan of a particular shoe retailer or brand, get on their mailing list. By doing that you’ll be the first to know about any offers that are available. Often there will be offers once or twice a season for 10% or more off and if you’ve already picked out your favourite styles, you’ll be ready to swoop in when these promotions are on. Some brands will offer you a better deal if you buy an extra pair of shoes too, which is great if you love that brand or the retailer has a wide selection to choose from.
- Don’t buy cheap shoes. There’s quite a difference between getting a bargain on quality footwear and buying something cheap that will only last five minutes. Good quality shoes will look better throughout their life and last longer too. Most high-quality shoes are branded because of excellent workmanship and a good reputation they want to establish and maintain. The chances are that you’ll save money in the long run by investing in a well made pair of shoes. Leave the cheap shoes for passing fashions, but anything that you are likely to wear for the longer term, should be of a decent standard.
- Using promo codes or discount codes to help you save a few bucks on your next shoe purchase. Look at outlet stores if there’s a suitable one that stocks the shoes you like.
- Ask for the floor model. If you want a pair of shoes that isn’t in stock, and the floor model fits, you may be able to get it for less. Floor models typically sell at a discount since they have been handled. See if you can snag this pair for 10-20% off.
It’s good to know that you can be kind to your feet without having a devastating effect on your wallet. Using these strategies will help you get good quality, long-lasting shoes that will take you comfortably through all that life throws at you.