Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Payless ShoeSource - Review

shoeMy husband and I have always agreed that good shoes are worth spending more for. Everyone in the family wears good-quality athletic shoes, and we spend a significant portion of our clothing budget on shoes. I've just learned that Payless ShoeSource sells brand-name athletic shoes, even some styles in wide widths and up to size 15. I've always seen Payless ads with cute styles for women, but I didn't know that they also sold "serious" shoes--and at reasonable prices.

My 11-year-old son had the chance to try two pairs of running shoes, courtesy of Payless. The first, shown here, is the Payless Cruise III sneaker (retails for $34.99, available in all Payless ShoeSource stores and Payless.com through the new year). According to the product page, "The Champion Cruise features a full-length EVA midsole for lightweight heel-to-toe cushioning, a Metaflex Forefoot that increases foot flexibility and an extra grip traction outsole." The sole of this shoe does have special features that would provide support and absorb impact.
Can you see, in the second photo, the indentation in the heel?

These are my son's comments on the Payless Cruise III running shoes: "These are comfortable. The laces are nice and long, and the eyelets are tight. These are the shoes I'd like to wear on a vacation where we walk a lot." He would like a loop at the top edge of the heel, because he's used to using that to pull his shoes on. I would add that these shoes do not have a non-marking sole, and I've been cleaning scuff marks from the vinyl floor.

The other shoe my son tried is the Payless Excel sneaker (retails for $34.99, available in select Payless ShoeSource stores and Payless.com through the early fall). According to the product page, "Features include breathable mesh and genuine leather, a Metaflex Forefoot, a Stabilizer Bar and a Durabon Outsole. Padded insole for comfort. Non-marking, skid resistant outsole."
This is what my son had to say: "They have nice long laces and tight eyelets. These are not quite as comfortable [as the Cruise III], especially when I jump. I dislike that the inner liner is green. " He added the same preference for a loop on the back of the shoe. He hasn't worn these indoors, so I can't vouch for the non-marking sole.

We haven't had these shoes long enough for me to rate their durability, but they seem to be of very high quality.

A few more notes:

At the time of this writing, both of these shoe styles are on sale at Payless.com. The site offers flat-rate shipping ($5.95 in the continental US) or free delivery to a Payless store.

While I was looking through Payless.com, I also found this Catalina Small Cross Body bag that I've got my eye on. It retails for $19.99.

Next time we need shoes, I plan to check Payless first!

Disclosure: I received these two pairs of running shoes for review purposes, courtesy of Payless ShoeSource and at no cost to me. I did not receive any other compensation, and the opinions expressed in this review are my own (and my son's).


  1. I will be honest. ;) I actually really like Payless. I bought all of Natalie's Fall/Winter shoes for this next year there. They hold up fairly well, and are easily replaceable if she outgrows them or scuffs them beyond belief. I am a little harder on my shoes, so my PL shoes don't last long, but they are super cute!!! I get compliments all the time. I love shoes b/c they (and bags) fit no matter how much weight I've gained. ;)

    Hope you can make it by for the Decorating Dilemmas Party tonight or tomorrow. :)

  2. I love me some BOGO. Just wish they had done the BOGO here before school started.

  3. I adore payless! I would say 80-90% of my shoe (and yes it's a good sized collection) collection came from BOGO sales! My husband will even wear payless now and my son always has. Payless shoes often last just as long if not sometimes longer than shoes I have spent two to three times more for.

  4. I, too, got 90% of my shoes from Payless. They have even called other stores if they didn't have a color I wanted in my size. The shoes come in from the other store (we have 2 in town) and they call me up.

    I enjoy the attention that says, You are important to us. Perfect.
    Marj M.

  5. Thanks for the tip! I definitely need to check out Payless soon. I'm dreading shoe shopping for school!


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