19 Insider Tips for Saving Money on Converse Shoes
Converse shoes have been around for over 100 years in the making — but the best deals are yet to come. With these 19 hacks for saving money on Converse shoes, you’ll be able to afford your favorite Chuck Taylors, Jack Purcells, and All-Star sneakers year-round.
1. Browse Converse’s Sale and Clearance Items
It’s not uncommon to find in-store sales on Converse, and they even have a whole sales page dedicated to great deals on their website.
If you’re not sure which styles you want to buy, checking out Converse’s sales items is a great way to save money and find something unique that matches your style.
2. Shop Back-to-School Sales at Various Stores
You can find amazing back-to-school sales almost anywhere — including online at Converse.com. And you can find marked-down Converse at Kohl’s back-to-school sale every August! Sometimes these sales sell Converse shoes discounted as much as 60% off.
Don’t overlook your local department and outlet stores, like Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, and Ross. They offer great prices on name-brand shoes like Converse, and when their back-to-school sales pop up between July and September, it’s possible to find even better deals — even if you’re not expecting to actually go back to school.
3. Shop for Converse on (and Around) Black Friday
Shoppers who love deals know that Black Friday is the day to shop for anything and everything — and that includes Converse shoes.
Converse.com is known to reduce shoes listed as clearance by an additional 25% starting the Monday before Black Friday. That sale lasts through Black Friday until the following Sunday, so you have all week to get cheap Cons. Low-top Chuck Taylors are known to sell for as little as $19.
And the Black Friday sales are even better. Want a pro tip? Do your shopping early that week — on Monday or Tuesday — for the best selection. As the week goes on, expect your options to dwindle.
4. Attend Nordstrom Rack’s Monthly Clear the Rack Event
Nordstrom rack sells a large collection of Converse products, and they have a monthly Clear the Rack event, where you can take an additional 25% off red-tag clearance items.
This sale only lasts for about three days once a month, so when you get the news that it’s happening, get out there asap to get the best deals! When you shop this deal, you can get Cons for up to 70% off.
5. Buy Kids’ Converse if You Have Small Feet
If you wear anything smaller than a women’s 8.5 or a men’s 7, you’ll fit into Converse’s kids’ collection. Now, you might be thinking that you don’t want your shoes to look like kids’ shoes — don’t worry. They won’t.
Converse offers their classic styles for men, women, and children — and they’re the same across the board. The only difference is the sizing (and the pricing, of course).
To translate your adult shoe size to the kids’ version, first look at this helpful sizing chart from Converse — it includes information about how their popular shoes fit, too! Then, find out which foot length correlates to your shoe size.
So, if you wear a Women’s 8.5, you can see from the chart that you’ll want a size 8 Chuck Taylor, a size 9 All-Star Pro, and your foot length is 9 ⅔”. Now, click over to the kids’ sizing chart to discover your kids’ size. With a 9 ⅔” foot length, you’ll be a size 6Y, and you’ll want to go with a 5.5Y if you’re buying a pair of Chuck Taylor All-Stars.
If you have wide (and small) feet, buying kids’ shoes is an even better move since they tend to run slightly wider than the adult sizes.
6. Order the Right Size Converse
While most Converse shoes run true to size, including Jack Purcells, Chuck Taylors run a half size larger than your normal shoe size. On the other hand, All-Star Pros BBs and the BB Evo styles run a half size small.
Find your exact fit with this Converse Size Chart. Or, if you’re not sure which size will suit you best (and you don’t want to go into a store), order a half size up or down and return the pairs that don’t fit.
Converse has a hassle-free 30-day return policy. They cover the return shipping costs and provide you with a return label for every order. All you need to do is drop your box at a UPS location.
7. Shop Nike’s Friends and Family Sale
Every year, in February and July, Nike hosts a Friends & Family Sale Event. If you can find a pair of Converse on sale or clearance, you can redeem an extra 30% off.
Plus, you can get even better deals when you download the free Nike app — like a coupon for 30% off your entire order during the Friends and Family Sale.
When shopping in-store, you can ask an associate for an event coupon or check the app for live coupons. Shoppers who love to save money know that stacking coupons on sales is the best way to shop.
8. Shop at a Converse Outlet or Online
Converse Outlet Stores sell the essential Cons styles you need, like Jack Purcells and Chuck Taylors. If you don’t have one nearby, shopping at department stores is a good option, as long as the shoes are on sale.
Your other best option is to shop online at Converse.com. Use discount codes and shop sales for the best prices.
9. Discover More Converse Deals on Koopy.com
Koopy.com collects, stores, and presents the latest and greatest discount codes, deals, and offers for thousands of your favorite shops — and there’s a page dedicated to saving money on Converse shoes.
Koopy.com has found awesome deals for Converse, like 30% off select items, free shipping on online orders, and 15% off your entire order!
Before you shop — whether it’s for Converse or something else entirely — check Koopy.com to make sure you’re getting the best prices possible.
10. Use Your Nike Gift Cards on Converse Shoes
Since Nike owns Converse, you can use their gift cards interchangeably. Take your Converse gift cards to the Nike store, or use a Nike gift card at a Converse store. This easy hack can help you save if you prefer one brand over the other.
11. Purchase Discounted Gift Cards Online
Speaking of gift cards, did you know that you can save even more money by purchasing discounted gift cards online?
Sites like Raise and Gift Card Granny sell gift cards online that are worth more than what you pay. You can expect your savings to fall between 6–10%, but the best deals can save you up to 15% or more!
And since Nike and Converse gift cards are interchangeable, you can purchase whatever is available or has the best discount.
12. Subscribe to the Converse Newsletter
It’s completely free to sign up for the Converse Newsletter and to register for a Converse account (which we’ll explore more next). It’s important to know that each of these programs is separate, and they operate independently.
When you sign up for the Converse Newsletter, they’ll send you updates on things like:
- New inventory
- Style and fashion news
- The latest sales and upcoming deals
They’ll sometimes send promo codes in their newsletter, like 50% off select styles (try code STYLE50 at checkout)!
13. Sign Up for a Converse Account
If you just want to register for the email list, that’s a great way to save — but you can save even more when you sign up for a Converse account. It’s 100% free and offers perks like:
- Faster checkout
- Free shipping and returns
- A personalized shopping experience
- Early notifications about special offers and new product drops
- Birthday perks
Oh, and there’s a checkbox when you sign up for an account to be looped into the email list as well. Convenient!
14. Shop for Used Converse on eBay or Facebook Marketplace
Most people turn to eBay when they want real, vintage goods — but these products tend to be expensive. If that’s what you’re into, we support you. But, you need to know that eBay has much more to offer than expensive vintage Cons.
eBay also sells lightly used (and brand new!) Converse for amazing prices. Kids’ shoes will sell for as little as $4.99, and adult sizes have been known to sell for just $17.66.
Facebook Marketplace is another place where you can find cheap, slightly used or brand new shoes. Bear in mind that if you live in or near a city, there will be way more sellers on Facebook than if you live in a rural or suburban region.
When shopping with eBay or Facebook Marketplace, be sure to watch out for shipping fees and double-check that the seller is reliable, so you don’t get fakes by accident.
15. Consider Shopping on 6pm.com
When shopping online at 6pm.com, your choice of Converse is likely going to be hit or miss, and the price points vary greatly depending on the style, but you shouldn’t be surprised to find 65% savings on select Converse shoes at 6pm.com.
16. Redeem Loyalty Points for Converse
Most stores offer loyalty programs to win your allegiance and keep you coming back — and, let’s be honest, it works.
If you want to cash in on a discounted or even free pair of Chuck Taylors, consider signing up and wracking up points on one of the following free loyalty programs:
- Famous Footwear’s Famously You Rewards: Earn $5 for every $100 you spend (up to $250 each year), plus special discounts, birthday rewards, and bonus point events. Sign up here.
- DSW’s VIP Program: Earn $5 for every $100 spent, plus $5 off on your birthday month, access to the shoe donation program, a 20% coupon upon signing up, and the chance to level up and earn even more points. Sign up here.
- DICK’s Sporting Goods Scorecard: Earn $10 for every $300 you spend, plus gain access to exclusive offers. Create your account here.
- Kohl’s Rewards: Earn $5 worth of Kohl’s Cash for every $100 spent. On the first day of each month, last month’s spending will convert to Kohl’s Cash. Kohl’s Cash expires within 30 days. With Kohl’s rewards program, you’ll also receive a special birthday gift and the chance to earn bonus cash at sales events. Enroll here.
The best way to save money by using loyalty programs is to choose your favorite store and try to purchase from them over other stores (as long as they offer great deals!). Then, your rewards points will add up, and you can get a free pair of Chucks.
17. Don’t Fall for Retail Sales Tricks
It’s happened to the best of. We buy something believing it’s a great deal or markdown, only to realize that the “low prices” were just a gimmick.
Don’t be fooled by this trick. DSW and Foot Locker love to inflate their regular prices and then mark them down to “sale” prices — which just even out to the regular prices at competitor stores.
Before you go out to shop for Converse, note how much they cost at full price on the Converse website — and make sure you’re comparing the exact same style, size, and line. Prices can vary if the materials and sizing are different, even if the style of the shoe is the same.
Here are some of the standard MSRPs for popular canvas Cons:
$35 — Kids’ Low Tops
$40 — Kids’ High Tops
$50 — Converse Chuck Taylor Low Tops
$55 — Converse Chuck Taylor High Tops
$65+ — Jack Purcell Low Tops
$70 — Converse One Star Low Tops
$80 — Converse Chuck 70 Low Tops
$85 — Converse Chuck 70 High Tops
18. Purchase Shoes from Sneaker Consignment Stores
Fight Club is a sneaker consignment store that carries rare sneakers. The Converse sneakers they sell aren’t the run-of-the-mill collection shoes that you’ll find at a Footlocker or DSW since Fight Club stocks only the rarest kicks.
If you’re looking for something truly unique — and for a reasonable price, Fight Club is the place to buy it.
Even though they don’t have a traditional promo code system, Fight Club will automatically apply active sales and deals to your order. So, keep an eye out on their home page for special offers.
19. Follow Converse on Social Media
Social media is the new advertising platform — and tons of stores give followers the first peek at new sales. Follow Converse on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to stay up to date and see opportunities like product giveaways and special contests.
People used to (and still do) call into radio shows to win tickets to events. Now, you can win way more just by tagging friends on special social media contest posts!
FAQs About Converse Shoes
Converse is one of the most popular shoe brands out there, but just because they’re popular doesn’t mean we know everything about them. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Converse.
What company owns Converse shoes?
Nike Inc. is Converse’s parent organization. Converse was founded in 1908, and it has belonged to the Nike corporation since 2003.
How can I tell if my Converse sneakers are fake?
The easiest way to identify fake Converse shoes is by the absence of their serial number or mismatched numbers. You’ll find a unique number on the inside label of each tongue of your shoes. The same number can also be found on the box. If these numbers are missing or they don’t match, your Cons are fake.
Are Converse shoes made in China or the USA?
Converse shoes used to be manufactured in the US, but that all changed when the company went bankrupt in 2001. In 2003, Nike bought Converse. Now, Converse shoes are manufactured in various factories throughout Asia, including China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
Can I get my Converse wet?
If your Converse shoes are made of suede, you should never get them wet. Canvas, rubber, and latex shoes can all get wet — but they should never be put in the washing machine or dryer. If your Converse shoes get wet or dirty, hand wash them with a mixture of baking soda, laundry detergent, and warm water — and avoid getting them soaking wet. Scrub with a gentle cloth or toothbrush, and allow them to air dry with newspaper stuffed inside them.
How can I make my Converse last longer and look nicer?
- Never put your Converse in the washer or dryer.
- Handwash Converse shoes with mild soap, warm water, a gentle cloth, or a toothbrush.
- Avoid wearing your Converse out in the rain or snow.
- Make sure you purchase authentic Cons.
- Wash extra dirty shoes with a baking soda and laundry detergent paste.
- Stuff shoes with newspaper overnight while drying.
- Never get suede shoes wet. Period.
- Unlace them often, and don’t squeeze into laced shoes.
- Don’t wear them every day.
- Never wear Cons with bare feet.
Final Thoughts: Don’t Pay Full-Price for Converse
With these 19 tips, you should never pay full price for Converse sneakers. Find the greatest deals by:
- Monitoring sales at your local and online sneaker shops
- Shopping the sales page on Converse.com
- Redeeming deals and discount codes on Koopy.com
- Buying kids’ shoes if you fit into them
- Following retailers on social media
- Shopping special sales events, like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Back-to-School Sales, and Nike’s Friends and Family Sale Event
Do you know even more ways to save on Converse sneakers? Drop a comment below to share your wisdom with our community members!
This article was written by Rebecca Choi on behalf of Koopy.com