Those yummy boots, shoes, or sandals are out there, somewhere, with your name on them – and a much smaller price tag if you heed these tips.
Step 1: Scour auction sites Scour auction web sites for great deals. Concentrate on established sellers with good feedback that provide proof of authenticity to avoid buying knockoffs.
TIP: Purposely misspell the designer's name to find deals on shoes that won't come up in a traditional keyword search.
Step 2: Try online discount retailers Try online discount retailers. In addition to already low prices, they frequently offer sales and clearance items.
Step 3: Do a keyword search Enter the designer's name as well as the name of the shoe into a search engine to find sales from traditional online retailers.
Step 4: Shop outlets Shop at outlet centers, which carry unsold items from high-end department stores. Check often -- you might even find your shoes on sale.
TIP: Better merchandise goes to bigger markets, so bring an empty suitcase on your next visit to outlets in large cities like New York and Chicago.
Step 5: Shop second-hand stores Shop local second-hand or consignment stores, especially those that specialize in high-end merchandise, since they carry mostly gently used shoes.
Step 6: Find store sales Brave Black Friday -- the day after Thanksgiving -- to take advantage of department store sales. Other big sales occur at the ends of seasons, typically the ends of January and July.
TIP: Sign up for coupons and sales alert e-mails from your favorite stores.
Step 7: Do sample sales Sign up online to receive e-mail notifications about sample sales, especially if you live in a large city.
FACT: Christian Louboutin, famous for shoes with his signature bright red soles, launched his career with "Love Pumps," which spell out the word love and were inspired by Princess Diana.