How to Find Designer Shoes on a Budget

Oh designer shoes, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways—and then count the pennies in the bottom of our purse, because we’ll need every last one to afford you. Or do we? That depends—are you willing to do the, ahem, legwork to find fabulous designer wedding shoes for less? We are, and we’ve actually taken the first steps (ahem again) for you.

There are just a couple of things to keep in mind when searching out designer deals for less—be open in terms of specific styles (deals on the exact style you’re coveting are little gifts from the universe when they come, but when you have something super specific in mind, the chances of finding that EXACT shoe at an affordable price can be like a needle in a haystack) and most importantly, be patient. And vigilant. True deal-seeking isn’t a part-time pursuit. Our favorite sources for designer shoes on a budget:

Find Designer Shoes on a Budget


Kenneth Cole Leather Platform Booties

We loooove us some Marshall’s and TJ Maxx for Instagram: worthy designer deal hauls, and shoes are definitely part of the Marshall’s/TJMaxx experience. We love even more that we can shop these retailers online these days, but we’re a little bummed that we can’t search by designer (we know, this is some stipulation designers put on close-out merchandise, but really?). That being said, shopping online or in-store, you’ll find a lot of ho-hum merchandise but persistent perusing can turn up pure gold. Like these Kenneth Cole Leather Platform Booties for $79.99 (as opposed to $225 MSRP). Eighty bucks isn’t chump change in our budget world, but for sexy real leather Kenneth Cole’s? We’re so in.


Manolo Blahnik Animal Print Jitten Heel

This isn’t your mother’s Ebay. It’s still a place for individuals to sell/auction unwanted items, of course, but it’s also a place where – via the “Designer Collective” – you can buy fab pieces directly from the sources, for less. Still, that particular section of Ebay features shoes that, while deeply discounted, may be just a tad more than we want to pay (at this writing, some Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent over-the-knee boots for $178.50, MSRP $595), so we’re all about the individual listings. Like this Manolo Blahnik Animal Print Jitten Heel with a starting bid of $52.99 (yes, we know that’s not like Wal-Mart cheap but these are MANOLO BLAHNIK. The Carrie Bradshaw in us just squealed a little).

Vintage 80s Yves Saint Laurent Pumps

Okay, so Etsy is so very hit or miss for designer shoes but it’s still worth a look for something truly unique (and often vintage chic). We don’t shop Etsy for specific designer shoes, but it’s worth a click-through if you’re looking for a designer piece that’s classic and possibly collector-worthy. Since you’re generally purchasing from an individual or small shop, there’s the ability to ask questions or get more information about the pieces in question. Currently we’re scoping out these Vintage 80s Yves Saint Laurent Pumps for $42. Just beware of all the $13 Christian Louboutin stilettos—we’re pretty sure they’re knock offs. Shocking, we know.

Factory Outlets/Factory Outlet Websites

Dart Peep Toe PumpSo, we all know by now that so-called factory outlet stores have become more “regular, slightly cheaper stores with slightly less selection and occasionally poorer quality items” than true deal and steal locations. However, there are some deals to be had, and some designers these days have factory outlets online (which appeals to our shopping-in-pajamas-on-any-national-holiday loving hearts). Take BCBGMAXAZRIA for example: their factory outlet pages (the Final Cut) offer a number of items which are marginally deals, but this Dart Peep Toe Pump, for example, is on sale right now for $75, regular price $250. Speaking of factory outlets online, is an interesting source for discounted designer shoes. Notice we said “interesting” and not “super cheap”. That being said, designer and super-cheap almost never go together – in this case you’ll find head-turning designer shoes (think Jimmy Choo, Diane Von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang, Jil Sander, etc.) at discounted prices. At the moment, we can’t stop thinking about these Paloma Barcelo Suede and Rope Sandals, which are currently $174.18 at 60% off of the original $435.45 pricetag. Which is still a little more than the pennies at the bottom of our purse adds up to, but a girl can always dream, right?


Angela is a senior writer who's been hanging around TBF since way back in 2007. When she's not weighing in on the merits of, say, feathers as a fashion statement, Angela works as a bridal consultant in the St. Louis area. She also enjoys sunsets, and long walks in Target.