Staffordable Savings: Vans Edition

Last year Vans shoes made a huge comeback and they don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. We’ve seen them being styled on just about every celebrity, especially in the classic black with white stripe. There are so many fun patterns and styles to choose from, but I thought I would still with a classic to add to my collection.

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One quick scroll through Instagram, or a quick search on Pinterest, you will see the many ways these versatile shoes can be worn. From joggers to ripped jeans and even summer dresses, you name it, these shoes can be rocked however you chose! They are quite similar to the Converse All-Stars which we know had their comeback a few years ago and have stuck. I have a few Converse in my collection, although find that they are not always the most comfortable for long wear. The Vans seems to have a little more material to them, and a little more cushion inside the actually sole of the shoe. Both are considered “skateboarding shoes” but don’t let that scare you away.

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I went with the classic black and white stripe as I figured they would match with just about anything. I had tried them on at a couple of stores since I wasn’t sure of my size and sometimes these style of shoes run differently than what you are typically used to.Β  I wasn’t surprised by the $90.00 price tag that these shoes carry, and unfortunately they are just one of those styles that don’t really go on sale, much like Converse, unless you went for a different pattern or not so typical colour.

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It was then that my “Staffordable Savings” brained turned on. I had searched online to see where the shoes were available, and to see if the prices varied among them at all. Not to my surprise at all, they all ran about the same price-tag. I then began looking at the kids section, if you are lucky enough to fit into kid’s sizes you will be so surprised at how much money you can save on shoes! My size runs anywhere from about an 8 to an 8.5 depending on the fit and style. I went to a store to try on a kid’s size first, before ultimately placing an order online.

Now while mine differ a little bit from the classic Van’s Oldskool which are what I was initially looking for, the Van’s Ward look so similar, the difference is ever so slight. Women’s sizing runs typically 1.5 sizes larger than a youth size. Since I typically wear an 8-8.5 I went with a kid’s size 6 and they fit perfectly!

To show you an example of how much I saved by going with a kid’s size, in a slightly differently style I have compared them below:

Van’s Old Skool (Men or Women’s)- $90.00

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Van’s Ward (Women’s)- $84.00

Van’s Ward (Kid’s)- $62.00

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The savings don’t end there! There are a lot of welcome membership promotions that if you sign up for emails you can receive 10-15% of your first purchase. It’s not much, but it takes off the tax and hey, it’s saving you money so why not! On top of my 10% discount promo from signing up with The Shoe Company, I also made my purchase through Ebates which got me back another $5.00 off my total purchase. All in all, my shoes went from being $90.00 to just over $50.00 (just about half the price!)

Sometimes it pays (literally) to search around, browse for the best deals, and look for coupons and other promo codes that can be applied at checkout!

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Hope you enjoyed!

xoxo,

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OOTD: Wear to work wardrobe

I’m a sucker for florals and bright colours! When I found this skirt on sale for $12.99 at Bananna Republic it was an instant match made in heaven!

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I paired it with a delicate lace tank with silver details from H & M, a maroon coloured blazer from Suzy Shier and my other favourite part to this outfit, THE SHOES!

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I picked up these beautiful lace-up tassel block heels in cobalt blue from Winners (only $39.99.) They matched the skirt perfectly and added the perfect pop to complete my look!

I couldn’t resist twirling in this skirt and had a major Marilyn moment!

Come back soon for a visit!

xoxo Staffordable

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Back at it!

Well well well…

It’s been WAY too long since my last post and I can’t believe how much time has gotten away from me!

I am really going to start trying to post more often! My Instagram account has started to take off (@staffordable_blog) and since it’s so quick to edit and post pictures on there my wordpress sort of got the shaft! 😦

I am going to be playing a little bit of catch-up (okay, a lot of catch-up) so hang in there with me until I get back at it!

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Outfit details:

Faux-leather skirt and lace-up flats both from Forever 21! I absolutely love these shoes and wish they sold them in every colour! They are such a huge trend right now and I was so lucky to have grabbed these for only $30.00 before they quickly sold out!

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