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10 DSW Shopping Hacks to Enhance Your Shoe Game

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Stephanie MialkiGuest Blogger
July 12, 2016 · 21.5k Views

Everybody knows that shoe shopping is an art. Many people also know that it’s a serious addiction, as well. Unfortunately, shoe shopping can be an extremely expensive addition if you don’t have that “art” part down. Luckily, we’ve gathered up some awesome shoe shopping hacks to enhance your shoe shopping game at one of the most popular shoe stores around: DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse). Take a look!


1. The best day to shop in-store at DSW is Monday.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

This is because DSW does all of their in-store markdowns on Sunday nights, so make sure to be first in line on Monday morning to reap the benefits!

2. The best day to shop online is Wednesday.

New markdowns always happen online on Wednesdays, so jump on DSW.com on this day to be on the lookout for some awesome new clearance deals!

3. No brands are ever excluded from DSW clearance.

Source: Ania B

That is not an exaggeration! All brands are included in clearance deals. Literally. Any brand that you can find in the store, will be marked down to clearance prices at some point or another.

4. Stack your coupons online.

DSW allows you to stack your coupon codes online. This means that you can use both offer codes and Rewards certificate codes (3 codes total per order) at a time when checking out online. Not many stores allow this, so be sure to take advantage of it as much as possible! 

Find coupons to stack from our DSW coupons page!

5. DSW offers birthday coupons.

Source: Coupon Promos

Each and every DSW Rewards member receives a $5 off coupon for their birthday. Once members reach premier status, they receive a $10 off coupon. Once you sign up for the rewards program, be on the lookout for your coupon in the mail, just before your birthday!

6. Even regular-price shoes get marked down sometimes!

DSW has tons of shoes. If you’ve ever been inside of one, you know this to be true. In order to make room for new shoe styles, DSW stores often move regular-price styles to clearance. These styles have prices that end in $0.95 (and a clearance price).  

7. DSW continually marks down their clearance items.

Source: Anna Polish Harbour Center

While some retailers don't discount their product past 50% or so, DSW continues to mark down their clearance items further and further. On a lucky day, you could even find a pair of heels for 80% off!

8. Most accessories are marked down to 50% right off the bat.

Rather than starting accessory markdowns at 25% or 30% off, many DSW accessories - including handbags - are marked down to 50% off right away!

9. Check the regular aisles for clearance items.

Source: Chi Town Fashionista

Lastly, with all of the awesome clearance that DSW offers, it’s no wonder the clearance section gets filled up quickly. When the clearance racks get too full, you can usually find clearance shoes within the regular-price aisles as well. So don’t limit yourself to just the back of the store! Look everywhere!

10. There are set times for additional markdowns.

At least five times throughout the year, DSW marks everything down an additional 10%. Be sure to sign up for the store emails, because DSW sends an email alert to its fans when this happens.


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Stephanie Mialki is a mommy of two under two, a fitness enthusiast, and a digital marketing guru. She spends all of her spare time….oh wait, what spare time? She has a passion for business building and has successfully assisted more than 20 entrepreneurs start their own companies.

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