For centuries, women have paid a significant amount of attention to the decoration of their feet. From pre-revolutionary China to postmodern America, the adornment of women’s feet has become a global priority.

Like my predecessors (and contemporaries), I feel the need to adorn my feet in as many different ways as possible, thus my obsession with shoes. However, the graceful adornment of feet is a costly enterprise and, as The Budget Fashionista, I shy away from anything with the word “costly” attached to it. As much as I’m drawn to retail establishments where I can participate in the cultural right to adorn my feet in the latest fashions, I am equally as drawn to maintaining my bank account.

My favorite offline shoe store is DSW Shoe Warehouse. I have no idea what the initials DSW stands for, but I think it means Discount Shoe Warehouse or maybe Damn Shoe Women?

Once, during a particularly desperate shoe moment, I got 10 pairs of size 11 shoes for $150, including a pair of really cute black knee-high leather boots. DSW is located in most metropolitan areas in the US. Make sure your join their frequent shopper program. For every $250 you spend, you get a $10 gift certificate, and you also get assorted discounts sent to you throughout the year. Check out its current sale, with up to 80% off selected styles.

Head to DSW Shoe Warehouse

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