We all want to look professional, confident, and fashionable, even men. However, the confounding factor is usually price. As much as men want to look good, there is a compromise with price. We want to look good as long as we can find something good within our acceptable price range. I personally would love to have a pair of Allen-Edmonds shoes or a nice pair of mens rockport shoes, but both brands surpass my shoe budget. However, there are some things you can do to get a better price on a pair of mens dress shoes.
First, buy online. One of the easiest ways to get a better price on your shoes is to look online. The average price on a pair of shoes is less online because of the lower overhead involved in selling online. An online store typically has one warehouse of shoes and a couple of employees or in most cases does not carry any inventory at all. Because there is no money tied up in inventory there is need for fewer employees and expenses are lower all around. Thus, online stores have a competitive advantage in pricing. The one place, however, where online shoe stores don’t compete quite as well is in discount or clearance sales. Because online stores don’t carry any inventory most of the time, they don’t have anything to clearance at the end of the season. But for every store that does not carry inventory, there is usually an online store that that buys clearance items directly from the manufacturer and then resells them on their store or at an online marketplace such as ebay or amazon.
If you want the absolutely best price online for the perfect pair of mens dress shoes, you generally have two options. Option one is do decide on what you want and then wait patiently for the right time to buy. The right time is generally January, April, and August. These three months are when product lineups tend to change over and manufacturers discount all remaining inventory. For drop shipping sites, this inventory is then discounted. Then if a holiday or a special buying season falls in that same period, stores will offer special promotions that usually compound the purchase price. For example, if you are shopping for a pair of Mens Rockport Shoes, in August when the fall lineup shows up items will go on discount, then, on shoebuy, every year the month is littered with 20% discounts. Then on top of that, they givey a 10% discount for setting up a free account. You can get a 30% discount on any shoe plus any special discount on the she itself. The risk of this type of buying is that as soon as the buying conditions are right, the chances are high that your size will be gone.
The second way to find a well priced dress shoe is to be flexible in the style you want to buy. If you are not fixed on a particular pair of shoes, then there is always a buying opportunity. Now is when it is ideal to find a discount mens shoe store. Discount and clearance stores generally have a way to sort by size and then you can look at all clearance and discount items in your size. There is usually something acceptable if the store is large enough, but it will be much harder to get an additional discount on top of the clearance price and so the ultimate price paid usually falls close to option 1.
Having a quality pair of mens shoes at an acceptable price does not have to take a lot of work. Whether you have a specific pair in mind or are just shopping by price, the key to finding a good pair is in having a plan and knowing where to look.