I'm pretty sure I already have espoused the many virtues of Zappos.com to all of my friends on more than one occasion. In case you've been living under a rock, Zappos is a magical place where millions and millions of shoes live. You want orange high heel clogs in a size 10? You can find them quickly with Zappos "search" feature, and then they'll appear on your doorstep the very next day. Free (overnight) shipping, free returns; it seriously doesn't get any better, especially when you are trying to find the perfect pair. Not to mention the fact that you don't have to deal with some creepy mid-40s dude oh-so-delicately putting your foot into a shoe. Grossness.
When Zappos shoes don't make their way into a good home, they go to 6pm.com, where their prices are drastically reduced. The downside? No free shipping, and you are going to have to march your arse to the post office and mail them back on your own dime if they don't fit. And there is no real user-friendly search feature. You have to browse pages and pages and pages of shoes until you can find the right one, unless you already know the exact name of the style you are looking for. Part of me wonders why they just can't transport Zappos search feature onto 6pm.com, but then I can see why making it difficult for customers actually helps the bottom line. You see, while having to sift through pages of shoes looking for those orange clogs, you might come across a pair of purple heels that you didn't even know you needed. And then you have two pairs of shoes in your shopping cart instead of one. Sneaky, eh?
Anyway, I have actually found that 6pm.com comes in handy as a resource for "replacement" shoes. I recently was able to find a pair of Steven Persuade (a calf-hair leopard print flat --- see pic below) in my size for only $69 to replace the worn out pair that I bought over 2 years ago for $110. And I can't tell you how many pairs of shoes I was able to find on there that are already in my closet, at prices sometimes 75% less than I had originally paid. (Some of you are probably thinking, "Ew, her shoes must be so ugly, no one would buy them at full price." I say to you, this is a testament to my superior and unique style, which obviously no one else gets!!)
If you are a Nine West fan, there are literally thousands of styles available, most of them going for only 30 bucks. I even saw a pair of decent looking all-leather boots for $50. There are also several "occasion" shoes, so if you need something to go with that bridesmaid or holiday party dress, this would be a good place to look for that pair that you're only going to wear once.
Now get to discount shoe shoppin'! And you can thank me later.