Let’s be real: nobody likes to pay full price for shoes. Especially when those shoes are designer and/or cost hundreds of dollars. Finding a great pair of shoes on sale is one of the best feelings in the world, and with that in mind, we rounded up some insider tips for doing just that:
Buy discounted gift cards. Go to giftcardgranny.com – it’s like the Google for discounted gift cards. You can buy gift cards for stores you love, like TJ Maxx, Nordstrom and Macy’s, sometimes up to 20% off. So if you know where you plan to buy shoes, stock up on cards for those stores.
Get your alerts set!
Sign up for price alerts. If you have your eye on a certain pair of shoes, set a price alert on sites like ShopStyle and eBay so you’ll be notified when the price drops. With eBay, you can set it up to receieve an email or smartphone alert when a brand you love gets listed in your size.
Sign up for email newsletters. Be the first to know when items go on sale by signing up for the brand’s email newsletter: subscribers are often given early access to sales. You can also sign up for the SHEfinds newsletter, we regularly alert our readers to important shoe sales they need to know about (like when Barneys Warehouse has Supergas for $12, or when Nordstrom‘s Half-Yearly sale goes live!).
Know where to look!
Get to know flash sale sites. We are huge fans of flash sale sites because the discounts are deep (like 75% off), and they have new designers on sale almost every day. Check out https://www.shefinds.com/online-sample-sales/ for a complete list, then mark your cal for the days when your favorite brands are going on sale (most sites keep a calendar). Make sure you log on the minute the sale goes live, though–these sales get picked through incredibly fast!
Visit discounters/Know where to shop. Sites like Overstock.com and 6pm.com are great places to score brand-name styles from past seasons on sale (sometimes from store close-outs). Also, Saks OFF 5th, T.J.Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are now online.
Check out consignment shops. If you have the patience to thumb through rack after rack of a consignment shop, you’d be really surprised about how many hidden gems you can find. If you’re searching for a vintage pair of shoes but don’t want to shell out the big bucks, try visiting a consignment shop on a weekly basis so you don’t miss when new items arrive. You can even ask the store owner to notify you if the item you’re looking for comes in.
Shop online sample sales from the bottom up. Hit view all and then shop from the bottom up of the sale page. Everyone else will be shopping top down so things sell out more quickly at the top of the page.
There are tons of ways to save money on shoes, just be aware of what other retailers are selling items for and don’t be afraid to ask questions!
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