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Last week I finally bought myself a pair of Adidas Tubular X Primeknits. Ever since they were released last year, I grew obsessed with them and needed them in the Forest Green colorway. But I couldn’t pay $169.99 for them, so I never did.
However, just last week I bought them for $70 – brand new.
How did I?
There were a number of contributing factors as to how I got damn near 60% off. First, I had a 20% off coupon at Caliroots. They were also on clearance. It also helped that my feet are small enough to fit into a youth size shoe.
I was lucky to have all 3 odds in my favor at the same time, but I don’t always get this lucky.
Over the years, I’ve followed many sneaker blogs and craved for certain shoes so badly I had to cut myself off of all social media in order to resist temptation. I’ve stood in line with friends for the newest Jordan, the next Yeezy. I’ve staked out at my computer to purchase a pair of NMDs. What I learned about collecting shoes is that ultimately, it is a very expensive hobby that most people simply can’t afford.
Fortunately, there are a few different ways to get sneakers for less than retail price. Just like collecting shoes, finding deals is also an art form that requires patience and a bit of time. Here are some of my most tried and true tips for purchasing shoes.
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If your feet are small enough, shop in the youth section.
I wear almost a 7.5-8 in Women’s sneakers. This still translates to a 5.5 in Youth sizing. So if you’re around there, chances are, you’ll be able to shop in the Youth section. Youth-size shoes are significantly cheaper in price compared to Men’s sizing, and are still a few dollars cheaper than Women’s sizing as well. Jordans usually run for about $169 in Mens, but I can snag them for $129, and that saves me $40 off, even at MSRP.
Bonus: Because the majority of shoe collectors are male, you’ll have an easier time finding the latest colorways in your size!
Try the shoes in-store, but shop online.
We all know well enough that products big companies like Adidas and Nike hardly ever go on sale in-store. This is why I choose to make most, if not all of my purchases online. However, what good is the shoe if it doesn’t fit? Visit a local retailer in the shoe style you’re interested in, and regardless of the color they have in-stock, try it on anyway. Once you know your true shoe size, make the purchase online.
Bonus: You don’t have to fight people in-store or stand for hours in line!
Additional Bonus: Not all sneakers fit the same. It’s super important that you try on the shoe in-person before buying!
Did you try looking for a coupon code?
Online retailers always have promotions going. If you’ve never shopped on a certain website before, chances are, they may even have a coupon just for creating an account or subscribing to their email newsletter. Try searching for coupon codes online, and try punching them in at checkout.
Bonus: Sometimes coupons can stack! You never know until you try.
Try online outlet streetwear retailers.
Websites like Karmaloop and Caliroots specialize in streetwear clothing and footwear for outlet prices. These stores are my favorite outlet stores online, and I’ve snagged some pretty nice sneakers from each one.
You’d be surprised what you would find at Ross.
My boyfriend’s brother has so much luck finding sneakers at Ross. His latest pick-up: Adidas Samba snow boots normally priced at $250, for $20! He also recently bought my boyfriend a pair of Nike Air Command Forces for $65, normally $200. Another great steal!
Wait until the end of the season.
People always flock to buy the latest colorways as soon as they are released. I used to do this out of excitement, but the more I continued that habit, the more money I wasted. It’s always a great feeling to be able to own the latest sneakers, but it simply isn’t worth the potential savings to get them at the time of release. After a few months, new colorways come out, and retailers will put the older ones on sale. Unless it’s a limited edition, chances are, you’ll find a retailer who will have that color in your size.
eBay will carry the classics, if you don’t mind a pre-owned pair.
Last year I was on the hunt for a pair of Jordan Retro 4s in the Military Blue colorway. The Retros were released in 2006, and they never graced store shelves again after they sold out. I saw them on eBay selling around $400, and almost gave up my pursuit. However, after digging through eBay, I snagged a pair of gently used ones for $130. Of course, in Youth sizing this would have been the price brand new – but since this was a rare colorway, I still saved a lot of money, judging from the others that were up for sale.
There you have it! I’ve done all of the above and had some great finds. What have you tried so far that’s worked for you? Comment below!
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