I Never Pay Full Price for Shoes—Here's Where I Shop
I’ll be the first to admit I’m a bit of a shoe fiend. They’re my weakness. But I can’t exactly invest all of my money in my shoe collection (although Carrie Bradshaw would beg to differ). While eBay and seasonal sales are certainly obvious ways to score discounted shoes, there are a few other, more surprising places I’ve found to be total gold mines for discounted designer footwear. There are certainly cheaper shoes to be found on the internet, but I write this with the purpose of leading you to high-end footwear brands for a fraction of the price.
These e-tailers are so good it’s fully possible to get every pair of shoes you purchase from these four sites, from sneakers to going-out heels. And perhaps the best part is that the discounts are year-round, not just seasonal. Intrigued?
Keep scrolling to find out what they are and why I love them, and to shop my current favorite picks from each.
The discount sister site to Net-a-Porter, The Outnet, is a high-end online outlet of sorts. And given the connection, you know its selection is going to be good. The e-tailer has a vast shoe inventory, with Alexander Wang, Charlotte Olympia, Pierre Hardy, and more in abundance. Sign up for email updates, and check for new arrivals often—the best styles tend to go quickly. Most pairs are discounted by at least 50%.
Barneys Warehouse, the internet's version of Barneys New York's wildly popular seasonal brick-and-mortar warehouse sales, is where to find all of the cool brands that the department store socks but at substantially lower prices, given that they're from past seasons. We regularly spot a plethora of Saint Laurent, Chloé, Proenza Schouler, and Barneys own in-house line (which is quite strong).
If you do a little comparison shopping on Farfetch, the place to shop boutiques all over the world from the comfort of your home, you’ll find that prices for international labels are often lower here than what you’ll find elsewhere—a lot lower. For example, a pair of current-season Chloé boots I spotted sell for $668 on Farfetch but $895 on U.S.-based sites. There’s no confirmed explanation for this, so just happily accept it for what it is.
I haven’t always thought of Bluefly as the place to shop for the latest It shoes, but I recently discovered that it has large inventories of everything from Gucci to Prada to Saint Laurent. Much of it is from recent seasons, but I’ve discovered current-season gems from both Gucci and Isabel Marant, among others. Bluefly also frequently offers discount codes, for an extra percentage off.
Where do you shop for discounted shoes? Tell us in the comments!