Saving money is a good thing. We all like to save, right? Be it a mortgage, car, travel, or whatever the case is – saving money is something many of
us would like to do in a lot of cases.
This can even apply to shoes. That’s right, despite how some folks might be addicted to such purchases, saving money on shoes is yet another example of how saving can add up over time. When you answer the question of “how many shoes do you buy in a year”, and do the math, it’s clear that this is an expense category where we might have the potential to save some dollars.
Here are 8 ways to save money on shoes:
- Practice showrooming. One can always stop at the local stores, and take a look at designs of just about any type of clothing or fashion-related item. This includes shoes, even if functional in nature. Then, simply go online and buy. Of course this isn’t always possible for every shoe, but for many it could be.
- Remember that expensive doesn’t equate to better. Just because one pair of shoes is much more expensive than another, it doesn’t mean that it will be any better. I recall, when younger, buying a very nice pair of shoes for work when I was supposed to dress in suits for that role (thankfully, many years later, this is less common!). That particular pair of shoes wore down fast, both at the soles as well as near the laces where the leather got frayed. A follow-up pair of less expensive shoes ended up being more comfortable and longer-lasting.
- Focus on quality. Like many things, quality can be worth the investment. This is a case where, contrary to the point above, expensive might actually be much better! A good pair of shoes might be able to last a long time.
- Take care of your shoes. Just as is the case with many purchases, how we take care of our shoes could play a role in how often we have to replace them. If you have nicer shoes that you wear in bad weather, they will face wear and tear. So take care of them!
- Shop sales. This probably goes without saying, but there can be significant savings by waiting for shoes to go on sale before buying them. If you’re buying a $100 pair of shoes, why not wait until it’s on sale for 30% off?
- Shop off season. Or maybe better put, buy them strategically. Just like buying a winter coat might be less costly toward the end of the season when retailers might be looking to clear out the season’s inventory, so might buying shoes at the right time and point in the season.
- Repair older shoes. Sometimes we don’t have to buy new shoes at all. Why not try to repair shoes, instead of running out to get new ones. Certainly this won’t be possible with all shoes, nor would you want to do this with all shoes. But there are times when shoes can simply be repaired instead of cast aside for brand new ones to be purchased.
- Remember: they’re just shoes! I think this point might be most important, particularly for those who are seemingly hooked on buying shoes, and find them hard to resist. If you’re a shoe addict, get a grip and realize that having good shoes doesn’t mean obsessing over new styles or buying 20 new pairs per year. They’re just shoes!
My Questions for You
How much do you spend annually on shoes?
Do you actively look to spend minimally on shoes, or do you find them to be a big temptation for your hard-earned dollars?
What do you think are the best ways to save money on shoes?