Let’s talk about designer footwear. If your budget doesn’t quite align with your high-design tastes, you might feel a pang of sadness when Shopstyle shows you those $1,200 Fendi boots or $6,000 Ralph Lauren pumps — like you’ve lost something that you never had. It’s OK; we’ve been there.
But did you know that you can actually snag said shoes for less than the retail price? It’s true. You actually don’t have to spend a small fortune to dress up your feet in something amazing.
If you have one foot in your Jack Purcells, ready to run out the door, hang on to that other shoe for a sec. We’re not sending you to a secret door on Rodeo Drive where the designer shoes are always on clearance. Sadly, such a place doesn’t exist.
We are sending you to a few select online spots where you can find what you need in the size and color of your choice. Can’t always say the same for the in-store experience, right?
Where to Get Designer Shoes for Less
1. The Outnet: for a specific shoe
If you have a bit to spare in your shoe budget and your eye on a particular shoe, try the The Outnet. The site is a fashion junkie’s dream. It’s filled with cream-of-the-crop labels and everything is discounted.
Even if you aren’t chasing something specific, sort shoes by price and you just may find your cart filled with the things you didn’t realize you required. Iris & Ink espadrilles ($40, was $100), anyone?
2. thredUP: to pay less in general
Feeling fed up with the crazy prices of…oh, everything? Make some room for thredUP in your life. The digital thrift store is a veritable mecca of all things incredibly stylish.
Shopping secondhand does serious good for the planet — plus you’ll find yourself enrapt by the crazy-perfect selection from the likes of Kate Spade New York, Chanel, Lanvin, and these killer Yves Saint Laurent boots ($260.99, was $995).
3. NM Last Call: for a big selection of new designer shoes
You deserve to wear what you love — even if you can’t quite splurge without feeling serious buyer’s remorse. That describes the majority of us, which is why stores like NM Last Call are so important. The selection of designer footwear is spectacular. You can just as easily pick up a pair of dainty flats as a pair of chunky sneakers.
Feeling fierce? These Alexandre Birman Alice platform sandals ($199.50, was $795) are everything.
4. Poshmark: for shoe-spiration
You can search by brand, condition, size, color and price on Poshmark if you want — or you can just search for shoes. The trick here is to be open-minded, because you never quite know what you’re going to find.
If you’re dreaming of a pair of Manolo Blahnik flats or heels for under $100, for example, it’s not out of the question. Check these out ($75, was $425).
You definitely don’t have to live in New York to enjoy the magic of Century 21 — although a visit to the lauded store at least once in a fashion lover’s lifetime is highly recommended. Here you’ll find an abundance of designer goods at fabulous prices, and plenty of pieces you probably didn’t think you could ever find within your price range.
Case in point: a pair of unexpectedly chic, leopard-toe loafers from Charlotte Olympia ($159.99, was $500).