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The Gentlemen’s Curb

It’s the Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way! We are back to share some information with you! Those of us that are brand-conscious can pay a lot of money for a fresh pair of kicks. However, you don’t always have to spend a fortune for the privilege of a name. Here are just a few tricks for spending less on high-end shoes.

 

Shop online

Your high street retailers often have to cover the overheads of running a store. Online shops don’t have these overheads and can generally charge less. There are some online shops out there that specialize in finding the lowest prices on new shoes offering everything from cheap Jordans to cheap Nikes. Just make sure to always factor in the delivery cost, especially when ordering from a site abroad, as this can sometimes push up the costs.

Buy second-hand

You can sometimes buy designer shoes and major brands second hand for cheap. The likes of Gumtree are great for this purpose, whilst you may also be able to find shoes in vintage stores and flea markets. Some of these second-hand shoes may not even be used – they may have been gifts that people didn’t want or shoes that happened to be in the wrong size. If shoes have been worn, make sure to check the condition first (when shopping online, sticking to local sites can give you this option to visit the seller in person first before committing to a purchase).

Shop out-of-season

You can often find discounts on designer shoes by shopping out of season. If you’re looking for men’s Barbour winter boots, you’re best buying these in the summer when the demand for them is at their lowest and discounts are more likely to be found. Similarly, if you’re buying branded sandals, you’re best buying these in the winter in order to find the cheapest deals.

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Hunt for coupons

You may be able to find coupons for retailers using the likes of Groupon. These can sometimes give you access to deals where you may save as much as 50% on a new pair of shoes. Many of these offers are for a limited time only, so make sure you take advantage of these coupons before they expire. Signing up to retailer mailing lists can also sometimes give you access to deals.

Be wary of fakes

There are a lot of fake designer shoes on the market – these are more common in places that are less regulated such as yard sales, second-hand sites and online stores abroad. These fakes are often advertised at very low prices and look the part on the surface, however, are often very cheaply made resulting in them wearing fast. The best way to check if a pair of shoes is real or not is to look for an identification number. For example, Nikes usually have an SKU number. If the shoes come with a box, the identification number should match that on the box. If the numbers don’t match or you can’t seem to find a number, it’s likely to be a fake.