Cheap Kicks: How to Be a Sneakerhead On a Budget

Nike, Sperrys, UGGs, Timberland. Regardless of the brand, they all have one thing in common: they look really good, and they’re really expensive.

It’s common knowledge that kicks can be pricey, and unless you plan on buying your pair from Wal-Mart (no, we’re not hating on them) you can expect to be putting out some serious cash.

That being said, you know that you’ve always got to have the hottest shoes on your feet at all times. It seems that sometimes sacrifices have to be made to get what you want….right?

Well, not really. In fact there are many ways that you can get all kinds of hot shoes, even when you’re balling on a budget.

How’s that work? We’re glad you asked. We’re going to go through the list and teach you how to be a sneakerhead without the heavy price attached.

How to Be a Sneakerhead on a Budget

We’ve got a few ways for you to become a sneaker god, and it won’t break your bank to do it. Read on to find out more.

Wait Until You Catch a Sale

Have you noticed just how many sales are going on around us lately?

Seriously, take a look. No matter where you go, you’re bound to find something on sale. Yet for some reason, we as humans feel that we have to buy our products at the highest price.

Well, that ends today.

The brands you love will always be on sale at one vendor or another (unless it’s Converse; for some reason, they never go on sale). Why not take a look around to see what’s out there?

The easiest way to start would be to go online and check out your favorite shoe store. There’s a good chance they posted up any sales they’re having on their homepage.

If you happen to be walking around the neighborhood, go check out some of the department stores. They’re constantly buying in bulk from the name brand companies, which helps them to keep their costs low.

Check out Thrift Stores

Yeah, yeah, we already know what you’re thinking. “Thrift stores? Who do I look like going into one of those?”

A smart shopper, that’s what.

Thrift stores have been given a bad rap on multiple fronts: they sale pre-used clothing, they don’t have a lot of stock, they smell weird, my friends will make fun of me…yeah, forget all of that.

There’s nothing wrong with going into a thrift store and shopping around. In fact, There’s a very good change that you’ll find something incredible in there that you wouldn’t have found anywhere else.

Most thrift stores have a standard of quality whenever they take clothing. The items have to be gently used – meaning that that if there are holes, scuffs, or anything else that makes it look trashy, they won’t put it on the floor.

When you think about it, shopping at a thrift store is essentially like shopping at Plato’s Closet, except that Plato’s sounds cooler.

Next time you get the chance, check out your local thrift shop and see what they have to offer. You might be walking out in a fresh pair of Reeboks.

Get Your Kicks from a Foreign Vendor

When in doubt, why not go foreign?

Here’s the thing. Your favorite shoe companies most likely sell their stuff worldwide. That being the case, different countries sell the same shoes you can get in America at their country’s prices.

Usually these countries go by a price range that’s lower than in America, meaning you’d be getting your kicks for a lot less.

“So, what are you saying?” you might ask. “Do I have to go to another country to get my shoes?”

You could…or you could be smart about it and go shopping on the internet.

The World Wide Web has a global reach, and that means foreign countries go on there and post their inventory online. Shoe companies on the other side of the world will be there as well.

You can browse through a selection of brands online and find the shoes that you want. Of course, each country has it’s own way of sizing shoes, but no worries; in most cases there will be a comparative size chart for you to work with.

It’s clear that buying foreign shoes is worth learning more about.

Become an Influencer

You know those people that you see on YouTube or Instagram that are constantly showing off all sorts of cool new clothes or tech? Those guys (and ladies) are called influencers, and if you want some hot shoes, it may help you to be one.

Influencers are people who promote a specific brand and show it off to their followers. In return, they get to own that promoted product free of charge.

Companies like to use promoters because they know it’s a simple, inexpensive and effective way to reach the community. All they have to do is find someone with a good outreach and voila: they’re in business.

There are catches to this, of course. First off, you need to have a large amount of followers to promote to. If you don’t have any, you need to start working on that ASAP.

Also, you need to keep in mind that this doesn’t pay much, if at all. In many cases, your only compensation would be the product itself, and nothing more. If you’re okay with this, it’s definitely worth your time to give it a try.

Saving You Time and Money

Now that you know how to be a sneakerhead without breaking your budget, you can get the best shoes at an amazing price – and no one will know the wiser. Why not learn other ways to save your money?

Our site is committed to helping those going through the struggle to save their hard earned cash. We offer tips on how to save, how to invest smartly, ways to build your credit, tips on getting out of debt, and so much more.

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Take care, and remember: it always pays to save.