It's time to start thinking about back to school clothes and supplies. When it comes to shoes, brand-name shoes are usually better quality and will last longer (plus your kids might really want a specific type of shoe). The only downside is that they can cost quite a bit of money.
The good news is there are ways to save money. Whether you shop online or choose stores that offer great programs, you can save money on brand-name athletic shoes for back to school.
My younger son is really picky about the brand of shoe that he wants. Not only did he want a certain shoe brand, but he also wanted kd's. I'm willing to spend a certain amount of money on shoes to ensure a basic, quality shoe, but I'm not willing to spend the extra money for premium athletic shoes. So, not only did I use these tips to find a great deal on his shoes, but I also asked him to earn and kick in any amount of money above and beyond my normal shoe spending.
If you know what size shoe your child wears in a certain brand (and, yes, each brand is different), you can shop online to score some awesome deals.
You want to choose companies you can trust, such as Amazon. Remember when shopping on Amazon to buy directly from Amazon to avoid the possibility of getting ripped off with fakes. You can also shop many of your favorite shoe stores online. The benefit of doing this is that you can usually find a much larger selection that what your local store offers. Also, you can sometimes find some great items in the sale section.
My neighbor told us about a local store where she gets some good deals on her kids' shoes. We checked the store out online before visiting and found the exact pair that my son wanted (on sale!). Then we visited the store. They didn't have the shoes that he wanted available, but we tried on similar shoes so we knew the size and then I ordered online when I got home. I liked that I could then return the shoes to the store without paying return shipping just in case they didn't fit quite right.
Look for Deals
If you're shopping in store, keep your eyes open for great deals. You can often find mark downs, sales, and even clearance sections that have brand-name athletic shoes for an awesome price. You also want to look through sale papers to determine if any of the local stores are having a sale on the shoes you need. The closer it gets to back to school season, the more sales you're going to find.
If your child wants a specific brand of shoes, like kd's, Lebrons, or Stephen Curry's shoes, they come out with new shoes all the time. Check for sales on shoes from previous seasons if your child doesn't care specifically about having the newest version of shoes.
Choose Shoe Stores with Money Saving Programs
Last, but not least, choose shoe stores that have great money saving programs. A great example is Rack Room Shoes. The store offers a buy one get one 50% off program at all times. Best of all, you can use this deal with sale items. You can also get store credit for spending so much money. Check your local shoe stores and see what programs are available.
Brand-name athletic shoes are the best option. Not only do they last longer, but they're usually much more comfortable. Whether you want to shop online or in store, you can score some pretty awesome deals. Just remember there are perks to both shopping methods. Online you can find a much larger selection and compare prices easily. When shopping in store, you may stumble across an awesome pair of shoes on the clearance rack. Try both methods to look for the best deals.