With eight people in our family and a minimum of forty pairs of shoes, the cost of keeping feet in cute shoes can quickly add up.
1)Only buy on clearance.
This morning I paid $2.48 for the girl's shoes and $3.47 for the little boys pair (Target). I always look for larger sizes to put away when they are this cheap and cute.
2)Before storing outgrown shoes, clean them. Sneakers with wearable life still in them go through the laundry, others can be wiped down with a damp cloth.
3) Shop second hand.
Yes, I know, this skeeves some people. I'm fine with that. I've found too many cute pairs of Hanna Andersson, GAP, Bjorn, and other nice brands of like-new (and sometimes new with tags) shoes in thrift stores to be a footie snob. Disinfectant wipes are my friend.
4) Utilize over the door shoe storage or creative storage.
Our girls have their shoes stored using the over the door method and my shoes? They are stored in an apple bushel basket in my closet, since our current closet is about two feet wide. Sean's are stored on a floor shoe organizer.
5)Buy extra shoe laces to have on hand when you need them. New laces can give new life to a pair of shoes. I found an eight pack of laces recently at the Dollar Tree that I have on hand now when the boys inevitably decide to use a pair of sneaker laces for a long bow or rabbit snare or whatever.
6)Never, ever buy shoes at retail price. Or at least don't make a habit of it.
If you shop ahead sizes and seasons (sandals in October, boots in March) you will always have what you need. I can remember paying full price for a pair of shoes twice in the last ten years. Once for myself when Sean sent me out to find a nice comfortable pair and I recently paid full price for a pair for Andrew at Marshalls with a Marshalls gift card that we got free from our credit cards reward program.
So tell me, how do you do shoes?