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Old Yesterday, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I have mixed feelings about this. There was a time that whenever I bought shoes, they came from Payless--they might not have been the fanciest around, but they were good shoes and the prices were reasonable, but I probably haven't set foot in one for ten years. It just seemed about that time that the quality of their shoes deteriorated, and they were bringing in what I found to be unattractive styles--I remember I'd gone in looking for a pair of plain, black pumps, which you would think you'd have an abundance of, and everything that had was, to my eyes, overdone and ugly. (Buckles or bows everywhere seemed to be the 'thing', as I recall, and I was sitting there thinking, "I just want PLAIN black heels that'll go everywhere!") When you can't find a very basic shoe style.....not good.
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Old Yesterday, 09:31 AM
 
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Ebay, Amazon, and the internet claim another victim. In general, most shoe stores will probably be closing eventually.

You just can't compete with the endless selection and prices of online retail products.
Nah. There is no substitute for trying on shoes.
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Old Yesterday, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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Ebay, Amazon, and the internet claim another victim. In general, most shoe stores will probably be closing eventually.

You just can't compete with the endless selection and prices of online retail products.
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Nah. There is no substitute for trying on shoes.
Exactly. Shoes are something best bought in person. You really have to try them on to tell if they are going to fit and be comfortable. I suppose you can do that from an online purchaser, but there would be at least a 2-day delay between each pair of shoes. It would take forever.
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Old Yesterday, 09:59 AM
 
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Nah. There is no substitute for trying on shoes.
Oh I don't know. There are scores of Nike, Zappos and other footwear shipping boxes in recycling bins all over my area.


Will give you for certain shoes and or persons nothing beats trying anything on in person. But there are some things you can just wing it and order online. Besides many places now offer free returns but there may be certain conditions just as with physical shoe store locations.
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Old Yesterday, 10:23 AM
 
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Oh I don't know. There are scores of Nike, Zappos and other footwear shipping boxes in recycling bins all over my area.


Will give you for certain shoes and or persons nothing beats trying anything on in person. But there are some things you can just wing it and order online. Besides many places now offer free returns but there may be certain conditions just as with physical shoe store locations.
Zappos is great. But that will never replace walking into a shoe store/department and scouting for that perfect pair. Nope. Maybe for men itís not a big deal.
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Old Yesterday, 10:26 AM
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Location: Texas
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Payless Shoes were not great quality.
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Old Yesterday, 10:35 AM
 
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Thrift stores and garage sales.

Your kids aren't the only ones who outgrow their shoes before they wear them out, so there are probably lots of nice pairs to be found. Yes, they're used, but they're also probably of higher quality, or they would have ended up in the trash.
Used shoes are a terrible idea. My children wear out their athletic shoes well before they outgrow them. I buy them with coupons, sales and outlet stores. My youngest only wears Under Armour or Nike
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Old Yesterday, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Payless Shoes were not great quality.
They also weren't $100 a pair. Like others here, I bought a lot of kid's shoes there.
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Old Yesterday, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I have mixed feelings about this. There was a time that whenever I bought shoes, they came from Payless--they might not have been the fanciest around, but they were good shoes and the prices were reasonable, but I probably haven't set foot in one for ten years. It just seemed about that time that the quality of their shoes deteriorated, and they were bringing in what I found to be unattractive styles--I remember I'd gone in looking for a pair of plain, black pumps, which you would think you'd have an abundance of, and everything that had was, to my eyes, overdone and ugly. (Buckles or bows everywhere seemed to be the 'thing', as I recall, and I was sitting there thinking, "I just want PLAIN black heels that'll go everywhere!") When you can't find a very basic shoe style.....not good.
I agree - I used to buy shoes from there when they actually sold leather shoes. They went the cheap quality route but pretty much for cheap shoes they charged too much (and tried to only sell weird, trendy things) - haven't purchased from there in years either. It might be a good place for "throw away" shoes for kids (I don't have kids but thought I'd read that poor quality shoes were bad for growing feet?).
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Old Yesterday, 03:54 PM
 
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I would think that a space for a discount shoe retailer should exist. Young kids outgrow shoes quickly and I can see why cheap shoes make sense for them. They are also something that I would want to physically try on and I would think others would as well
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