A statement shoe like a killer heel can really lift your look and make you look extra polished, but we don’t all have the kind of money that could buy a pair of Louboutins or Jimmy Choos every month (if only!)
You don’t have to spend the equivalent of your mortgage payment just to have good shoes, though. I’ve gotten the most compliments on a pair of shoes that cost me £9. Read on to find out where I got them!
What to buy?
This all depends on your own personal style and lifestyle. If you spend all your days on your feet, out and about in fields, then a wardrobe full of heels might not be the most functional choice 🙂
I started by looking at my clothes and thinking about my lifestyle, and tried to condense it all down into key themes and colour schemes. I found articles on capsule wardrobes to be really helpful here. You don’t have to go the whole hog and stick to a capsule (I don’t), but there are loads of helpful tips for working out your own personal style.
If you wear a lot of patterned clothes, then shoes in solid colours might be easiest for you to style (but if you love the coordinated patterns look, then go ahead and rock it!) And obviously, if you wear a lot of non patterned clothes, you can probably throw a couple of fun patterns in to your shoes for a bit of spice and variety.
Online places for great value shoes
Facebook selling groupsI’ve found these to be great for getting my hands on preloved niche brands, such as Irregular Choice and Iron Fist. Try the group ‘Irregular Choice Buy, Sell and Worship’, but remember to read and follow the rules before you do any selling or bidding.
eBayeBay can be a great source of fabulous new shoes, both new and preloved, as long as you know the name of the shoe you’re looking for and you have some patience. It’s a kicker if you get outbid at the very last second though!
Vestiaire Collective/Hardly Ever Worn It
These sites are the places to go if you’re looking for preloved luxury branded shoes. I have spent days stalking the pages, looking for the perfect pair of black patent So Kates in a size 39 that are within my budget, but apparently £30 is an unrealistic price range. I did manage to find these beauties though, for the grand sum of £100.
There’s wear to the sole, and a mark on the front of the left shoe (I’m sure I can get this off if I put some effort in), but otherwise the shoes are in great condition.To be honest, I ended up having to unsubscribe from the mailing lists for these sites, because I just can’t trust myself to be sensible. You have been warned!
I love New Look as they always have fun styles in at great prices. If you shop online there’s about a gazillion different shoes to choose from, so it’s a great site to take a ‘quick look’ at when you’re trying to avoid doing any real work. On the rare occasion where I decide to spend money on non heeled shoes, I usually buy my flats and sneakers from here too. These beauties cost £19.99.
Primark is like the retail version of the Oklahoma Land Rush. They get great stuff into the stores pretty often, but it gets snapped up fast. I find the most success with Primark when I visit often, so I see when something new comes in. That way I can try to find my size before they disappear. I swear that every single person in the north east must be a size six, and I think that there’s some kind of law of physics that states that the more I love the shoes, the less chance there is of ever finding a pair in my size.
I stalked both the Newcastle and the Metro Centre Primarks for days to get these shoes. I’d seen them on the weekend in town, was heartbroken that all they had were size fours and nines, so I made an excuse to go the the Metro in the middle of the week, and got my heart ripped out again when they also only had size FOURS and NINES. Third time lucky a couple of days later though, and I got my beautiful little rays of shoe shaped sunshine.
They have the perfect pointed toe, the perfect heel and are more comfy to walk in than shoes that I paid 5x the amount for. I can’t remember for certain, but I think these cost me £12. They’re a lovely soft suedette type material, which really softens the yellow colour. The only downside is that I won’t wear them outside if there’s any chance of rain, because I don’t want them to get dirty.
Deichmann can be hit and miss; sometimes I nip in and they have loads of great stuff, and other times they seem to be filled with really ‘comfortable’ looking styles that just aren’t my thing. But they really excelled in boots this winter, and this is my absolute favourite pair. They were £24.99, and are also made of a suedette type material. The only problem with these boots is that some of the sparkly crystals have come off the heel. That’s my own fault though for sitting and crossing my ankles all the time, and it’s par for the course when crystals are glued onto footwear!
So, what are your favourite places to find beautiful shoe bargains? Am I missing out on something great? If so, please share!