I’ve always been good at saving money on shoes. While we’ve all shopped at outlet stores, there really are two kinds: the big malls where prices don’t seem any cheaper, and then there are places like the Sports Chalet Outlet.
The Sports Chalet Outlet, tucked away in a remote building near Montclair Plaza in Southern California, is not easy to find. I suppose that’s because the high-end sporting good retailer doesn’t want to advertise the fact they sometimes sell discontinued running shoes for as little as $4. Or $150 hiking boots for $15.
A lot of the merchandise is topnotch if you look past some of the weird styles. I’ve outfitted my entire family – me, wife and kids – with a season’s worth of clothes and shoes for under $100. The same items bought at regular retail prices would probably have cost several hundred dollars.
I suspect there are other “secret” outlet stores – I’m still looking for them in Chicago – hiding in your neighborhood. The key is finding them.