Cheap shoes, expensive shoes, these days you can spend as much money on a pair of shoes as on a car, if you try hard enough. Even more, in fact, as the world’s most expensive pair of shoes are worth a cool $2 million. They were made by shoe designer Stuart Weitzman. He calls them the Cinderella slippers, and they are studded with 565 diamonds set in platinum. If, however, you are not looking for shoes to wander down a ceremonial red carpet in, and you don’t want to spend the rest of your life paying for them, then the less expensive end of the scale needs to be examined more closely.
When we talk about cheap shoes, we are not talking about shoes that skimp on quality. There seems little point in buying badly-crafted, cheap shoes made from second rate materials as they will only damage your feet and wear out too quickly, making it necessary to buy more pairs. In the end, you will pay double anyway. So, by cheap shoes we really mean to say good value shoes at a price you can afford.
Think, for example, of the sales in shops. A pair of shoes that costs $100 can be reduced and reduced in price until you get them for a mere snip. The key is in the timing. Shoes are a fashionable item of clothing and stores are constantly changing their stocks. The same goes for the top designer brands. You may thus find a good pair of shoes being sold cheaply because they are out of date, or last season’s fashion, and so are being replaced by new stock. This is something to look out for if you are not too bothered by the latest trends in shoes, as you can often pick up a very good deal. And who really cares if your shoes are two months past their sell by date?
There are good deals available online as well. Online retailers are not subject to the same overheads as a high street store, so they are often able to pass on the savings they make to their customers. It is therefore worth shopping around online as well as in the shops, to try and find the best deal, particularly if you have a specific pair of shoes in mind.