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How To Save Money On Childrens Shoes

Updated on September 3, 2012


The most important item in a child's wardrobe is shoes.  I say that without hesitation because improperly fitting shoes can lead to foot problems early on or later in life that are irreversible. 

If you're going to spend top dollar on anything for your child, make sure that you spend it on shoes. 

Don't do hand me downs with shoes because every child's feet are different and you again can cause serious permanent damage to a child's growing feet by having them in improperly fit shoes.  Unless they are over-boots or something that can't be molded by someone else's feet, don't do it.  Don't swap shoes with other people.....just don't do it! 

That being said, there are still many ways that you can save money on your kids' shoes. 

Always get the best pair you can get for the best price, but again - don't scrimp on shoes.



Shop online. This seems to be the best place to buy just about anything. But only buy new shoes. Shop eBay, Craigslist, Amazon, and other websites to get great prices on shoes. The best thing to do is have your child fit at a regular department store or shoe store, note the size and width of the shoe and then even get the item number. Then go to work on the internet and start trying to find the best price.  Just make sure there is nothing wrong with the shoes, as in seconds.  You want the same shoe and in the same condition as an in-store pair.

Look for manufacturer coupons on their website or rebates. They do happen! Even email shoe companies on their websites and ask if there are any promotions they are having to save you money. Everyone's trying to save money these days so it's not out of line to try and get the rock bottom price for anything.

Shop shoe discount stores. There are many top quality brands of shoes at discount shoe stores. Again though, make sure that a proper fit is taken into account before purchasing. Just because they look great doesn't mean they're the best shoe for your child's foot. Or if the color's wrong but the fit is great....oh well. Try and coordinate his or her clothing to go with the shoes if they're a super deal. Most important though is the fit. Always inquire as well about 2-for-1 deals or half off a second pair if you buy one pair. Over time, you can save a lot of money but don't buy too many pairs of shoes knowing that your child will soon outgrow them. That can be a waste of money instead of a savings.

Shop sales and save in-store coupons. Make sure that the sale is really a sale though. Sometimes a store will offer a 10% off deal on a pair of shoes. I suppose that is a sale but wouldn't 30% or 40% off be far more attractive? If you wait, it will come. Eventually everything goes on sale. Knowing the cycles of a store helps too.  For instance if Macys has its big shoe sale this month or its boot sale that month.  Plan and budget around that and then go for it! If you have coupons or percentages off, keep those and make sure you use them during sale times to get even more savings.


Request gift cards or shoe gifts.  Sometimes when things are tight, it doesn't hurt to ask an aunt or a grandparent to give a gift card you can use at the shoe store or the department store where you need to buy shoes instead of a toy.  Maybe it's not as exciting but it is far more important for a child to have good shoes than a new toy.  My mom always bought my kids one pair of shoes before each school year.  That was just her way of helping out and doing something good for them.  It was a welcome gift and my kids always loved going shoe shopping with grandma because she would even look at the shoes that weren't on sale!

Name brands are name brands.  Don't forget stores like Target or Walmart to buy kids' shoes.  If the shoes are of good quality and they're cheaper, do it!  As in anything you buy, you should always compare prices anywhere and everywhere and get the best deal.  Sign up for email newsletters to get advance warning on sales.  Sometimes you can also hit a promotional code for online shopping this way too and save big bucks!

Look for rewards programs on shoes.  Stores like Designer Shoe Warehouse or Famous Footwear offer rewards programs so when you're buying shoes, you're also earning rewards to be used when you buy shoes in the future.  Just ask to see the fine print or search it out.  For instance, some rewards and discount programs only apply to regularly priced merchandise which doesn't really qualify in my book as savings.  The discounts should be on anything you purchase or it probably isn't the value you're thinking it is.

Clearance bargains.  Always check the clearance racks....even for kids' shoes.  You can find incredible buys especially if it's at the end of the season or nearly there.  Of course weigh the amount of time that your child can wear the shoes before even buying them on super sale. Check neat places like REI for great sales at the ends of seasons!

TJ Maxx, Ross, Nordstrom Rack, etc.  These stores offer incredible bargains on everything but also on shoes. You can get some hot deals and save a bundle on shoes for the whole family. Name brands are a fantastic deal at these stores.


These are just a few of the ways that you can save money on kids shoes. Most importantly, only buy shoes that fit properly and that are made of good quality material. Think of it as an investment in their good health and sound body formation for the future.

Be certain to check out return policies as well in case the shoes fall apart or they just don't hold up the way they should. If they do, don't feel badly about marching them back to the store and getting your money back or at the very least, a refund or cash towards a new pair!

Especially check out online return policies to avoid throwing away money should the shoes not fit or something else is wrong with them.

Only buy new shoes for kids. It just doesn't make sense to put their feet in anything but new and properly fitting shoes. Again, it's the one item of clothing that is really important and should be the only item that you consider ever paying full or nearly full price for.

If you have more money-saving ideas on saving on kids' shoes, please leave your comments in the space provided below!


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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Nico - I agree and it seems that these days less can be more~!

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      Nico 6 years ago

      Nice tips! After all, if you take care of the clothes and the shoes you already have, there will be no need to buy new ones, hence a lot of money can be saved!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      BJ - You are becoming my best friend because one of these days (maybe 20 years from now at LEAST) I may have grandchildren and I can use this!! On second thought, I could use this for myself....what the heck am I thinking about? BJ, you are a genius...I mean Dr. Genius...but we already knew that eh?

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      If you are looking to buy clearance shoes at a store like Marshall's or TJ Maxx, it pays to get friendly with the store associates who are stocking the shelves. Get to know the folks in the shoe department and learn when new arrivals come in. When you are super nice to them, they reciprocate by letting you know when is the best time to be there on the day and the time that new stuff comes in.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Thank you, Hanna! They work for big people too!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Rhese are most valuable tips.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Darski - glad to be of some help!

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Great hub Audrey, I will forward this to my daughter she has an eight year old. And she loves to dress up...rate up love & peace darski

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Nan - I grew up dirt poor literally but the one thing my mom stressed was that we had GOOD shoes - the best shoes at StrideRite. I believe it helped both my sis and I walk tall - and straight. I think you can waive cool and opt for the best pair of shoes you can afford to give your kids the best opportunity to give them great posture. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Nan Mynatt 7 years ago

      Great idea for children. Shoes will make a difference in the way you walk and your posture.