How does it work?
You can think of these websites as a kind of online jumble sale where each pair of shoes is listed individually – a bit like eBay or Facebook Marketplace – along with a clear photo of the exact pair you’ll receive, and any defects will be mentioned in the description.
Offcuts says it only sells “end of line, ex-display and last pairs of shoes” and all stock is brand new, but may have some marks or fading. Similarly, Schuh Imperfects says shoes may have scuffs, discolouration or other “individual quirks” (we like this description).
So while stock’s very limited, and likely to be cleaned out this week by MoneySavers reading this (sorry), both sites are regularly updated with new stock – so there’s no rush to grab yourself a pair straight away.
How to find cheap shoes
Simply go to Schuh Imperfects* or Offcuts* (or both) and start browsing. To narrow it down, you can filter the shoes by type, brand, size, colour etc. It’s then just a case of scrolling through and finding a pair you like (remember, there’s often just one in each style).
There are pictures of each pair of shoes and the retailer briefly describes what the flaw is. From what we’ve seen this is often discolouration of one of the shoes, which has probably been left out in a window display, a scuff or a mark that can’t be removed.
Prices do vary depending on how noticeable the flaw is, but typically you’ll save about 30% on the normal full price – sometimes less, sometimes more – so the discounts are comparable to most outlets (see our round-up of some of the best Online Outlets).
A few examples of what we’ve spotted
I personally bought a pair of Puma Suede trainers from Schuh Imperfects for £21, which normally sell at full-price for £62. The description said that the right shoe had some discolouration, but after looking through the images I didn’t think it seemed too obvious. As you can see from my photo below (on the right), it’s barely even noticeable at all.