(credit: moxieboston.com)

When you’re watching your budget, shoes can be an easier way to add a bit of glam to your wardrobe. If you stalk stores—er—wait long enough, your favorite pairs are likely to come down in price. And with those sales, your outfit will get that lift it needs. You don’t have to sacrifice quality to find great deals. The following shops have been compiled for you with this in mind.

TJ Maxx

Marshalls Plaza
260 Needham St
Newton, MA 02464

Fresh Pond Shopping Center
198 Alewife Pkwy
Cambridge, MA 02138

Hands down, the Needham and Cambridge (Fresh Pond) branches are the best of the local TJ Maxx stores. If you can, head over to those stores. If not, go for a quickie at any of their many locations. They carry a variety of brand name and designer shoes at a price that will work for most budgets. And don’t forget, lay-away is an option.

Saks Fifth Avenue

786 Boylston St.
Boston, Mass. 02199

The sales at Saks are something to wait for. More importantly, the shoes are pretty awesome. You’ll find high-end brands galore here. If you don’t find your size, don’t worry, the sales team will be happy to call another Saks for you.


50 JFK St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Berk’s offers shoes for men and women that are not too mainstream. Their shoes are a bit funky and with a good selection of affordable non-athletic sneakers, you’ll have no excuse for wearing your running or gym sneakers when not doing moderate physical activity.

The Tannery

39 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

711 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

The Harvard Square location (closer to Church Street) is the best, although the Boylston Street (corner of Exeter) store has a wider selection. They carry some designers that you won’t find at the higher-end department stores. On top of that, they have a wonderful collection of boots that will have you oohing and awing. What’s more, the men’s section—well, it makes me want to be a man. They carry a variety of shoes for work and play for men. Be warned though, the staff at the Tannery don’t have a reputation for being particularly helpful.


385 Washington St.
Downtown Crossing
Boston, Mass. 02108

You have to be in the right frame of mind to go to DSW. They have a very large selection of shoes for men and women. These are not investment shoes, but they certainly are well-priced shoes that you will be able to wear for a few seasons to come.


73 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114

Moxie covers all the bases—from strappy shoes you can wear in the evenings to flats that are sensible, but not boring. They carry shoes for all ages.


115 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

These shoes are for men and women who want style and comfort in their footwear. Comfort and style aren’t mutually exclusive, and the shoes a Cuoio offer some great options.

The Closet

175 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
Neighborhood: Back Bay

From one person’s closet to yours. This is the place to go for consignment vintage. Here you will find big labels (YSL? Why, yes please!) at an affordable price. Since the Closet is a consignment store, what they have on the floor, is usually what they have. All the more reason to stop by often.

Martini Severin blogs on the Boston fashion scene at BeyondBostonChic.com. She goes in search of the latest trends and snaps shots of men and women around the city who really understand style.