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Point blank: Shoe shopping can be expensive, especially when you need a pair for various occasions. You need casual sneakers, fancy heels, slip-on sandals, professional-looking mules, warm boots—the options are endless. Thankfully, discount retailers like DSW exist to offer best-selling styles at a fraction of the price. But, as with many discount stores, perusing the aisles (virtual or otherwise) of DSW can quickly lead to decision fatigue and simply not knowing where to begin, as the store offers that many shoes.
But don’t fret! Shoe shopping shouldn’t be stressful, as long as you know what style, brand, and size you’re looking for. We’ve gone ahead and scoured the store for its top-selling women’s, men’s, and kids’ styles that are worth shopping. Ahead, discover the 24 best shoes you can buy at DSW right now. Who knows, you might want to buy matching sneakers for the whole family when all is said and done.
1. A pair of colorful Vans sneakers
The Ward Lo Sneaker is one of the most popular styles from Vans. While the classic black-and-white Lo Sneaker has become a cult favorite over the past 10 years, we can’t help but swoon over this white, pink, blue, turquoise, and yellow pair. Like the OG style, it features a canvas upper and a chunky, treaded rubber sole for comfortable traction with every colorful step.
2. A pair of Birkenstocks
We’ve been fans of Birkenstock’s iconic Arizona slide sandals for a while now. In fact, one of our testers has owned hers for years and says it’s the best decision she’s made footwear-wise. These adjustable, two-strapped black sandals are a favorite for DSW shoppers, too, for their lightweight design, form-fitting footbed, convenient slip-on design.
3. A pair of all-white Chucks
Chuck Taylor high-tops have been a staple since the ‘60s. But nowadays, the fan-favorite silhouette has taken on an elevated design—literally—with these platform Chucks. While the high-tops feature the same iconic canvas upper, now, rather than a flat, low sole, shoppers have the option to snag platform (1 3/4-inch) sneakers. As you may have imagined, they often sell out, but they’re also available in a fierce animal print that you can order while you wait for a restock.
4. A pair of retro Dr. Martens
If you love the look of high-top lace-up shoes, chances are, you’ll dig a pair of classic Doc Martens. The combat-style boots are another staple from the ‘60s and continue to be a major style statement today. At DSW, the boots are available in regular and patent black leather options, both of which feature the brand’s signature yellow stitching and back pull-tabs.
5. A pair of fluffy UGG flip-flops
Take one look through paparazzi snapshots and you’ll notice that celebrities and models everywhere are stepping outside in fuzzy slippers—even in 80-degree heat. It’s no wonder why these furry Ugg flip-flops, which are available in dark gray and light tan, are such a hit at DSW. Ugg makes our favorite slippers, and while our favorite Ugg slide (the Fluff Yeah) isn’t sold at DSW, these flip-flops are sure to be just as cozy.
6. A pair of classic crocs
While Crocs haven’t gotten any major update over the past few years, for whatever reason—most likely extreme comfort—the rubber shoes, which are made with cozy foam cushioning that just so happens to be waterproof, have become a favorite among celebrities and everyday folks alike. In fact, some singers (like Luke Combs, Post Malone, and Justin Bieber) have actually released their own custom Crocs, only further the fanfare of the once-mocked silhouette.
Our style editor Amanda Tarlton also loves her Crocs and highly recommends the ugly-cute clogs. The retailer offers the shoe in 17 fun colors that are worth considering for your closet.
7. A pair of Air Force One Lookalikes
Designed to look like the famous ‘80s Air Force One, the white leather Nike Court Vision Low Sneakers feature a low silhouette and perforated upper for a breathable, casual style. And thanks to the padded ankle collar, you can pretty much kiss blisters goodbye.
8. A pair of incredibly comfortable slip-on sneakers
In a world where comfort and convenience have become a must, these Blowfish slip-on sneakers have become a DSW all-time best-seller. With more than 4,000 stellar reviews and a 4.7-star rating, it’s safe to say the cushioned insole and elastic upper really deliver. Best of all, the round-toe sneaks are sold in a variety of colors, including neutrals and pretty tie-dye patterns.
9. A pair of chunky-heeled strappy sandals
Over the past few years, few high-heel silhouettes have dominated like the chunky-heeled, double-strap sandal. Beloved by both celebrities who routinely walk red carpets and everyday gals stirring down the sidewalk, this style of 3-inch heels is comfortable, minimalist, and goes with practically anything. Since you’re bound to fall head over heels for the strappy shoes, you’ll be stoked to know they’re sold in five colors.
10. A pair of checkered Vans
Another pair of Vans that’s remained a favorite for decades? The checkered slip-ons. The fan-favorite shoes made their big debut in 1977 and have garnered endless attention ever since. With more than 3,500 reviews and a 4.8-star rating, DSW shoppers are equally obsessed. The shoes feature a canvas upper, rubber sole, and padded heel collar that prevents blistering. With a cushioned insole, they feel like walking on clouds with every step.
They’re also available in an all-white and a perforated leather version if those fit your fashion taste better.
11. A pair of Gucci sneakers
Expensive? Undeniably. The pinnacle of men’s high street fashion in the 21st century? You bet. That said, most Gucci sneakers retail for over $600, so to snag a pair for under $500 is a steal and likely the reason why these ones have great ratings at DSW. Designed with ‘90s flair, these chunky sneakers boast a lightly-buffed exterior with a bold logo that can’t be missed.
12. An athletic pair of Adidas sneakers
These streamlined, sock-fit sneakers are a favorite among DSW shoppers. The lace-up shoes are made with breathable mesh that keeps feet cool even on the hottest days. They’re the perfect around-town sneaker. And, if you want your mini to match, the Adidas Kids’ Lite Racer Adapt Slip-On Sneaker is a similar style sans lacing. It’s equally beloved for kiddos, earning dozens of 5-star reviews across the board.
13. A pair of Timberland hiking boots
Timberland makes some of the most popular men’s boots. And, thanks to DSW, you can snag a pair of their hiking boots for a great price. Whether you opt for the classic wheat color or choose to go with a brown or black pair, you’ll be glad to have a pair of these waterproof boots. They feature a moisture-wicking lining, so your feet won’t get sweaty, and a padded design, so you won’t suffer from blisters either. Psst: they’re available in kids’ sizes, too.
14. A pair of simple black Nikes
If you love the look of all-black sneakers but are more of a Nike fan, you’ll dig these best-selling Tanjun (which means “simplicity” in Japanese) sneakers. The mesh sneakers have a rubber sole with flex grooves that offer the utmost comfort and flexibility for your everyday activities. If you prefer two-tone sneakers, they come in black and white, as well.
15. A pair of classic boat shoes
There are many boat shoes on the market, but no brand is quite as iconic as Sperry. That’s because the brand, which debuted in 1935, introduced the first boat shoe—the Top-Sider—to the masses. In the decades since, Sperrys have remained a staple among children, high schoolers, college pledges, those entering the workforce, and people who’ve finally reached the age of retirement— they’re universal. With that in mind, you may want to buy a pair for yourself. The boat shoes are made with stain- and water-resistant leather, so they should stay pristine for years to come. They also feature special soles designed specifically with wet-and-dry traction in mind, meaning you’re unlikely to slip in them, even on a dock.
16. A pair of Brooks running shoes
Anyone who likes to hit the pavement is familiar with the Brooks Ghost running shoes. Managing editor Amy Roberts, a certified running coach, recommends them to runners who want a neutral style with middle-of-the-road cushioning. The Ghost 12, which is available in four colors, has earned nearly 2,000 stellar reviews at DSW, thanks to its medium-to-high arch support, padded collar and tongue that provides a blister-free stride, and a rubber traction sole that helps runners feel grounded.
17. A pair of dressy sneakers
I can recall walking into my first job at Men’s Health Magazine and seeing the editors and ad sales guys rocking these simple-yet-chic leather sneakers from Cole Haan. They’re dressier than athletic shoes but not quite as fancy as dress shoes, giving them the perfect appeal for business-casual looks. No wonder why nearly 600 DSW shoppers have given them a 5-star review. Despite being made of leather, these sneakers are incredibly comfortable thanks to an airy, cushioned footbed that will actually make you look forward to slipping these on.
18. A pair of classic Adidas slides
If you’ve never slipped on a pair of the Adidas Cloudfoam slides, you’re in for a treat. The ultra-cushioned sandals feel like memory foam on your soles, earning them nearly 1,000 reviews and a 4.8-star rating on DSW. In a word, they’re divine. Plus, in this all-black silhouette, they’ll go with just about any casual fit.
19. A pair of dressy Mary Janes
If your kiddo likes to dress up, it helps to have a pair of comfortable dress shoes on hand to match their outfit. These top-rated Mary Jane flats will do the trick. The faux-patent leather white shoes have scalloped edges, glitter heels, and butterfly detailing on each strap, giving them a whimsical, fairytale vibe that is sure to make your little one beam.
20. A pair of adorable rain boots
Why make your little one wear plain black or yellow rain boots when you could light up their world with these light-up outer space ones? The waterproof pull-on boots have a fabric lining and cushioned sole for extra comfort, while the outside of the boot features creative doodles that might just inspire your kiddo to dream even bigger.
21. A pair of iridescent Adidas
These iridescent Adidas add some fun sheen to the classic sneakers. The crisp white leather upper is paired with a high-traction rubber sole, and these aspects, along with the removable footbed, make these racing-stripe sneakers a comfortable and cute option for little ones.
22. A pair of slip-on Nikes
If your little one is always in a hurry, or if they don’t know how to tie their shoes yet, these slip-on sneakers, which are sold in two colors, are a great option. They feature a moisture-wicking sock-like fit that forms around their feet for flexible, stylish wear with each step.
23. A pair of rainbow sneakers
A convenient slip-on sneaker sounds pretty great, right? Kiddos (and you) will love these fun rainbow slip-ons by Skechers. Featuring an array of dots and stripes in varying colors, these cozy toddler sneakers will pair well with just about any casual outfit.
24. A pair of faux-leather dress shoes
This adorable pair of dress shoes for the little fella in your life. The faux leather dress shoes have convenient hook and loop straps, so even if your kiddo can’t tie their shoes, they’ll be able to put these on with ease. Parents love them, giving them a 4.8-star rating from nearly 500 reviews on DSW.
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