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Shoe shopping online has gotten much easier, with friendly return policies and improved zoom features. Head straight to the clearance section of sites to score discounts of 70% or more. With competition getting ever fiercer, you will find more bargains than ever across a range of traditional department stores, as well as specialized online sites.
The obvious downside of buying shoes online is the inability to try the pairs on for style or comfort. The better retailers help you overcome this issue by offering free shipping & returns. As long as you will remember to make the return, we recommend ordering a couple of different sizes and styles so you are sure to get what you need. You can also stick with online sites of top department stores, like Macy's, Sears & JCPenney, which offer the convenience of in-store returns.
When it comes to clearance sales, ACT FAST! Online sales move fast and it's not uncommon for your favorite style or size to sellout while you are in the middle of trying to order. As long as you are "protected" by free shipping & returns, you're better off buying now and returning later than trying to wait until you are sure.
To find the best deals, sort by "Price" (low->high) in the clearance section to find the bargains that may be hiding. Note that some sites consider "sale" to be different from "clearance" so be sure to check in both places to find what you are looking for.
For stores that offer price matching, you can also use clearance sales at one store to get a better price somewhere else. Even if your favorite store doesn't publicize that they price match, it's still worth asking. Just contact the store, let them know the item & price you saw elsewhere, and see if they will match it. You can also use this as a tactic to get a shoe in your size. If the sale site is sold out of your size, see if another store will price match so you can still get the bargain price.
For the best possible discount, always try to stack a coupon on top of the clearance price. There's no reason that a cheap pair of shoes can't be made even cheaper! The best deals are for coupons that offer a fixed amount back (like $5 or $10) instead of a percentage off. Taking $10 off a $12.99 sale price (normally $30) means a final cost of $2.99, or 90% off the original!
Try these links to access the clearance shoes for many popular online stores: 6pm, Amazon, DSW, Endless.com, Famous Footwear, Payless, Sears, Shoes.com, ShoeBuy, Target, Zappos.