6 Places to Buy Great, Affordable Shoes for the Season

Photo by PH888 / Shutterstock.com

Until recently, most of us bought shoes only in person. We sat next to a big stack of shoeboxes, trying on candidates wearing a little store-provided stocking, and then gave them a brief trial walk around on the carpet.

The good news was that you could see and feel the shoe on your foot. The bad news, in my experience, was the endless sitting while waiting for a salesperson to bring out styles that I wasn’t interested in because they didn’t have my size in the ones I requested.

These days, buying shoes online is a great alternative, especially as more shopping malls close their doors. Even though you can’t try shoes on when shopping online, you can choose from thousands of styles and compare prices. Ratings and reviews from other buyers can give you a good idea if a shoe runs large or small, or has some problem. Plus, you may also know which brands and styles work for you, so you can nail it down fast, cheap and … never wear your feet out walking around at a shoe store.

Now is a great time to get warm and stylish footwear for the holiday season. Start your online shopping journey with these great sites.

Zappos

Zappos

Zappos (a division of Amazon) is an online-only shoe store with a massive selection — too much to offer in a brick and mortar location! Check out shoe styles for everyone in your family. Zappos has everything from soccer cleats for the kids to classic Oxfords and Crocs for guys at work and play.

Stock up on your casual Van’s, stylish Lucky Brand booties (pictured above) or Brooks running shoes. Whatever color, size, style or price you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it through Zappos.

Cole Haan

Cole Haan

Cole Haan shoes can be pricey. But their current sale on hundreds of styles makes their high-quality, long-lasting footwear more affordable.

I probably wouldn’t make the investment for a kid whose feet are still growing and whose taste in fashion is ever-changing (though kids styles are available here, through Zappos) but for me, these shoes are worth it, especially if I’m shopping for comfortable footwear for work or my go-to boot for the winter.

Target

Target

Target is affordable every day, and they do a great job of creating styles that are up to the moment. Now is a good time to get everyone in the family set up in winter styles in Target’s current sale, which offers a buy one, get one for half-off deal on boots.

Macy’s

Macy’s

As a general rule, Macy’s has a good array of affordable shoes for everyone in the family.

You can find the women’s sale rack here. For a look at men’s clearance shoes, click here.

I find Macy’s is a good bet when I need shoes for the holidays or special occasions. I don’t dress up all that often, so I try not to spend much in this area.

Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom Rack is a bit of a treasure hunt — that is, you won’t find everything in every size. But it’s far easier to navigate the selection of shoes online than at the physical store, which in my experience, is pretty disorganized. Just search — by size, color, style, price and brand — to find just the right pair of shoes, often at a deep discount.

It doesn’t matter if your dream shoe is a Dr. Martens boot or a soaring Steve Madden pump — this is a great place to browse for a deal.

Men, there are great deals on formal and casual shoes and boots for you here as well.

Allbirds

Allbirds

If you haven’t yet run into Allbirds, you will. These shoes, billed as “the world’s most comfortable” are made of wool (cozy) and other natural and recycled materials — and they are gaining a cult following.

To be honest, they don’t come cheap, but the word is that they last a very long time, don’t get as stinky (due to natural fibers) and are kind to the environment.

Your conscience and your feet can feel comfy with these “athleisure” shoes: Allbirds donates a portion of its proceeds to Leonardo di Caprio’s Amazon Forest Fund — the real Amazon, with trees and creatures, not the online retailer.

Have you purchased shoes online? Share your experience in comments below or on our Facebook page.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
10 Colleges That Offer Free Tuition for Seniors

These schools let retirement-age students study, tuition-free, while earning college credit.

7 Reasons to Carry Mortgage Debt Into Retirement

It often makes financial sense to not pay off your mortgage before retiring.

5 Ways Your Phone Can Slash Grocery Costs

These free apps and websites can help you get cash back on groceries, shop more efficiently or squeeze the most from the ingredients you have on hand.

My Favorite Amazon Purchases From 22 Years of Shopping There

Yes, I’ve been shopping on Amazon since the 1990s. These are among my most beloved buys.

10 Food Staples That Are Easy and Cheap to Make Yourself

Making any of these key foods yourself will improve meals — and your budget.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

Am I Eligible for My Mother’s Social Security Benefit?

Can an adult daughter tap into her late mother’s benefit?

9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again

The warehouse store offers an enormous selection, but these products aren’t coming back.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

This Surprise Factor Can Raise Your Risk of Dementia

Nearly half of U.S. residents may face this threat.

Organize Your Home With These 10 Thrift Store Finds

Resolve to be clutter-free in 2021 with these secondhand purchases.

11 Laws You Could Be Breaking Without Knowing It

Seriously? Fibbing about the weather is a crime? This and other little-known legal traps await the unwary.

Is This Treatable Condition Causing Your High Blood Pressure?

Researchers say too many doctors are overlooking this potential source of hypertension.

13 Things Seniors Can Get for Free — or Almost Free

There are many ways to get cheap or free services and goods after reaching a certain age.

These Are the 3 Best Used Cars You Can Buy

These vehicles boast reliability, safety and long-lasting value.

21 Items to Cut From Your Budget That You Won’t Even Miss

Start off the new year by implementing these small-but-smart savings strategies. They’ll soon add up.

Internet Providers Can’t Charge You for This Anymore

Starting this month, your ISP no longer can bill you for this fee.

Taking a Multivitamin? Here’s Why You Should Reconsider

A new study has bad news for the millions of Americans who spend money on multivitamins.

15 Painless Ways You Can Cut Costs in 2021

Follow these tips to save, so you’ll have money for things that really matter.

9 Small Expenses That Are Bleeding Your Budget Dry

Keep more of future paychecks by eliminating these budget-busting unnecessary expenses.

Longer Trips to These Stores May Raise COVID-19 Risk

An airborne-disease expert recommends leaving this type of store within a half-hour.

11 Huge Retirement Costs That Are Often Overlooked

Does your retirement budget account for all of these costs?

7 Tricks to Cleaning Your Bathroom Faster

These tips can get your bathroom sparkling with little time and no elbow grease.

20 Amazon Purchases We Loved in 2020

These practical products made everyday life a little easier last year — and will do so in the new year, too.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.