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I LOVE finding a good deal, especially on brands that don’t usually go on sale and are quality enough to last year after year. When I shop, even for the kids, I try to think about the dollar per wear on something. Spending more on a quality item that will really stand the test of time isn’t as big of a deal when I can figure that the $/wear on it is going to be lower than buying slightly less expensive, lower quality stuff year after year.
One of the brands I don’t have trouble justifying the price of is Sorel; they are quality boots that are built to last. But they are not cheap! Here’s the secret on how I score Sorel boots for under $100:
Act like a kid
It’s so simple – if you’re a size 8 or under, you can fit into girls’ sized shoes. Hear me out on this… normally, girls’ sizes are actually equal to but marked as 1.5 to 2 less than womens’. Translation: you can buy a girl’s size 5 if you usually wear a women’s size 7. Total gamechanger. So many girl’s shoes are significantly less expensive than their womens’ counterparts and come in some really fun colors. For example – the details are slightly different on these boots but the overall look and feel is super similar for almost half the price:
The equation for converting girls shoe sizes to womens shoe sizes:
(your usual shoe size) minus (1.5 or 2) = your size in youth shoes
Some sources will tell you to subtract 1.5, others will tell you to subtract a full 2. It’s kind of personal preference and based on how “flexible” your sizing is; for instance, I usually wear a 7.5 but bought a 6 in the Sorel boots so I had some sock room. The pair I’m wearing here – that I paid about $50 for – is sold out (similar here) but I linked some other great options below ;).
Shop the Sales
This the only option if you’re over a size 8 – shop end of season sales and discount sites. If you know you’re in the market for a good pair of boots, end of the season is the best time to shop. Brands that almost never go on sale – like Sorel – are marked down at the end of winter. If you’re an off-size (ie not one of the most popular sizes), try sale shoe sites like Nordstrom Rack, 6pm, ShoeMetro.