Dear Budget Fashionista
I have been a big fan of your site since its inception.  You often mention the great deals you find at DSW Shoe Warehouse. What is DSW Shoe Warehouse and how can I find the store nearest to me?

A:DSW Shoe Warehouse is the Home Depot of shoes. The store carries shoes from major designers like Kate Spade, Ferragamo, Via Spiga and more in sizes ranging from 6 to 12, for up to 80% off the original price.  Owned by the same folks who own Filene’s Basement, they also carry shoes for men as well. I found my husband a pair of Steve Madden DSW Shoe Warehouse Explained loafers in a size 14 for $25 bucks. They have several locations around the country, so head to their website to find the location nearest you or you can shop online at DSW.com

To say that I love DSW is an understatement. I actually wrote a love letter to the store in my book. I know pretty much all the stores locations in the PA-NJ-NY tri-state area. I shopped there way before the commercials (which are brilliant). What I like most about DSW isn’t just that it has low prices on designer shoes like Marc Jacobs, Via Spiga, Stuart Weitzman, etc at amazingly low prices—but the store has amazingly low prices on designer shoes in hard to find sizes. I wear a size 11 and for years the only designer discount spot in town was the shoe rack during Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale (or Nordstrom DSW Shoe Warehouse Explained Rack if you’re lucky enough to live near one). Then DSW came along and leveled the discount designer shoe playing field not just for big foot fashionistas like myself, but also for our very petite, size 6 and below sistas. 

The trick to finding the best deals at the store is go on a Thursday or Friday in the morning (or during your lunch break). On the weekends the store can be messy and the staff non-existent.