The bigger the discount on your shoes, the more pairs you can justify buying. Many of your favourite shoe stores secretly have clearance outlets in Melbourne. There are a wealth of little-known shoe stores that stock a variety of brands at bargain basement prices. These are the outlets worth visiting if you're looking for trendy shoes on the cheap.
Zu Zu Shoes are one of my favourite chain shoe stores. Their shoes are trendy, have huge heels and are often shiny. However, the prices can be off-putting if you're in the market for a pair of on-trend shoes that are too impractical to get much wear out of. This is where the clearance outlet is a godsend. Zu shoes typically retail around the $140 mark, but you can snap them up for less than half that at the Bridge Road, Richmond clearance centre.
Zu is known for their shiny, on-trend footwear. Image: facebook.com/zu.shoe
Mountfords is the place to go when you're in the market for practical footwear- so who would have thought that their clearance store would be home to some stylish shoes. Alongside more pragmatic footwear, they also stock Tony Bianco, Gabor and the delightfully funky brand Django and Juliette.
Mountfords is the place to go for cute yet comfortable footwear. Image: mountfords.com.au
Mountfords Shoes Famous Brands Clearance Store 751 Burke Road Camberwell Camberwell 3124.
Shu-Mart You never know what you'll find at Shu-Mart. Stocking ladies' and men's fashion footwear, sports shoes and school shoes, Shu-Mart in Glen Huntly is a wealth of bargains. Sometimes there won't be much to tickle your fancy, other times you'll walk laden with more boxes of shoes than you can carry. They stock generic unbranded footwear as well as prominent brands such as Windsor Smith and Tony Bianco at prices which won't be found elsewhere.
My haul from a productive shopping trip to Shu-Mart.
1180 Glenhuntly Road Glen Huntly 3163.
Diana Ferrari, a favourite brand among women who want comfort shoes with a fashionable slant, has a surprising amount of clearance stores. You can typically find shoes for half the regular price at their outlet stores. They always have a good selection of sizes. It's not just the tiny and large shoes which are sent to the outlet stores, much to the delight of all us size seven to nines. Find the clearance stores in Nunawading, DFO Moorabbin, DFO South Wharf, DFO Essendon, Richmond, Fairfield and Moonee Ponds.
On-trend and affordable shoes is the concept behind Betts. Their shoes are already reasonably priced, which makes for some real bargains when you get to their clearance centres in Harbour Town and Bridge Road, Richmond. Stocking both mens and ladies fashion footwear, those looking for particularly small or large sizes will benefit most from the Betts outlets.
I can't wait for these Betts shoes to arrive at their outlet store! Image: betts.com.au
Harbour Town at Waterfront City
A wealth of bargains from a range of brands are hidden away at Shoe Bizarre. There are a few other shoe stores nearby, but Shoe Bizarre is your most important shop to visit when searching for discount shoes in Preston. Brands they stock include Chinese Laundry, Planet and Top End.
199 High Street
Shoes Direct Factory Outlet
You might guess from the drab shop front of Shoes Direct that their advantage over other shoe stores is price, and that you're going to have to hunt really hard for stylish shoes. If you've got time to sort through endless pairs, Shoes Direct is worth a visit with footwear starting from a mere $5. Latest stock takes pride of place near the front of the store, but the real bargains are hiding towards the back. They stock similar brands to the other discount shoe marts.
Shoes Direct Factory Outlet
771 Sydney Rd
and for the kids it's hard to go past Red Bootee outlet in Moorabbin...Unit 1/86 Keys Rd...I get all my 4-yr olds shoes there, beautiful boots and great quality shoes for $20-$30 dollars (more if you buy their 'new' range' shoes)...these are the kinds of shoes you'd pay upwards of $80-90 for usually