5 Unusual Ways to Save on Shoe Shopping

A comfortable, stylish pair of shoes improves your health, the look of your outfit, and your confidence. Shoes are something that can be universally appreciated by women and men of all ages, sizes, and nationalities. A pristine pair of loafers or heels are even more enjoyable when purchased on sale.

A savvy shoe shopper knows most of the basic shoe shopping tricks. However, if you want a few more shopping tips, we have some for you:

Use Groupon

Groupon has hundreds of coupons to help you save more at your favorite shoe stores. Nine West, Famous Footwear, DSW, and 6PM are just a few of the discounted shoe stores that feature daily coupon codes on Groupon.

Additionally, Groupon lists several pages of shoes on their daily deal section. This section features items discounted anywhere from 10 percent to 80 percent off retail price.

Shop the Right Season

Shoe prices drop depending on the type of shoes and the current season. Solemates featured an article that explained the best season to buy every type of shoes. In the article, Solemates named fall as the best time to buy stilettos and sneakers, since most people will swap all casual and professional footwear for winter boots.

April and May are the best time to buy running shoes: nicer weather, means more active outside time, and running shoes will get used more. March is the perfect month to buy sandals and get ahead of the summer sandal price surge. Purchase winter boots early by searching for them in the spring and summer.

Buy from the Clearance Aisles of Discount Stores

Shop the clearance aisle of your favorite discount shoe stores. The prices are already cut, so the clearance shoes will often be marked down to very low prices. Many retailers have a color tag system. Try to learn or ask about the color tag system at your favorite retailers. Wait at least until the second markdown before making a purchase.

Most retailers have a no return policy, so make sure it is really an item you want before committing to buying it.

Buy with Gift Cards

Cspace and few other companies host boards where consumers can comment on certain brand’s new, developing, or current products. In exchange for regular feedback, these brands give out gift cards. Sometimes the gift cards are generic Visa ones, but often they’re from Amazon, Target, and other major retailers and ecommerce.

In order to participate in these focus group type boards, you often have to be selected from a focus group or marketing database. Once selected, you must complete a questionnaire that determines your eligibility. Similarly, certain survey sites, like Globaltestmarket, Swagbucks, and Opinion Outpost, offer their users points that can be redeemed for gift cards. These cards can carry anywhere from $5 to over $100.

A few of the popular gift cards offered on these sites are from Paypal, Amazon, Sears, TJ Maxx, and Target. Use these gift cards when making shoe purchases.

Outlet Stores

Many major retailers, like Nike, New Balance, and ASICS, have outlet stores. These stores carry shoes from their past collections at very discounted prices. Find these stores online and at outlet malls.

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