Payless Shoesource (“Payless”) is one of the largest American footwear retailers with over 4500 stores, owned or franchised, in 24 countries and territories. Founded in Topeka, Kansas in 1956, Payless is a family shoe store with a variety of kids, female and male footwear. There are also accessories such as bags and sunglasses sold.
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Always the best place for a footwear bargain
When I found out that Payless had started opening stores in Singapore, I was super excited.
This was around October - November last year, and the excitement has not died down. I'm always eager to see what new arrivals they have in store. You really DO pay less for their shoes, you know. Plus you can still score some pretty fancy footwear once in awhile.
The store concept is simple - lanes are divided into the different shoe sizes, with multiple pairs of the same design displayed for all to see. You basically choose the design you want and try it on. Once you're pleased with your selection, just bring it to the counter and pay for it. No more hassle trying to flag down a harrowed looking salesperson as she zooms past you with a huge stack of boxes perched precariously on her shoulders.
I've bought a pair of black heels, patent beige heels, and another pair of platform sandals. None of them have exceeded $40 a pair, which is a very comfortable price range for me, as I'm still studying and merely holding a part time job at the same time. Best of all, I've had no problem with any of the shoes so far (no cuts/blisters). Well, except for being overambitious when I purchased the patent beige heels with a 6" heel height. I definitely had trouble balancing in that one.
This does sound cliche, but Payless really does allow a woman to look chic even whilst on a shoestring budget. Look out for their in-store discounts, because you might just get the item you want at half price!
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Love at first sight!
Personally for someone who loves shopping, having the freedom to try on all kinds of shoes without having the shop attendant breathing down your neck or offer unnecessary assistance, is simply splendid.
Unlike footwear shops like BATA and Charles & Keith, where we have to acquire assistance to get our shoe size, Payless has arranged their foot wears according to sizes. An array of choices are stacked up nicely in shelves. First time entering the shop, felt like a little kid in a Candy Shop.
However, I was unlucky to shop at Payless one day when a staff was rearranging shoes/ checking stocks at one of the lane. The lane with size 7, MY SIZE. Shoes were lying everywhere, covering the floor which leads to me going home empty handed. Pretty disappointed with the service. Isn't these things were to be done before opening hours?
Apart from that one unlucky day, I personally like the concept Payless has adapted.
The Ikea of shoe stores
I can't remember the last time I found shoe shopping so convenient and simple. No more waiting for the sales person to be done attending the previous customer so they can fetch you the pair of shoes you wanted in your size. The shoes in Payless are stacked according to size, and are stored in open boxes so you can take a good look at the design, try the shoes on, and decide if it's worth buying. The boxes are also labelled with the price of the shoes, so browsing for the perfect pair(s) of shoes has never been easier.
The level of convenience reminds me of Ikea, where all the information you need is set out before you, and the prices of the products are reasonable, making your shopping experience simple and enjoyable.
Easy Breezy Shopping!
I first heard of Payless in a hilarious skit from MADtv, and I got the impression that they were a franchise selling fashionable and in trend shoes at a fraction of the price - though lackluster in their quality.
I was pleasantly surprised when I went into a store a couple of months ago - being into fashion is not good for your wallet, especially if you're into the higher-end designs, but it was at Payless where I first found my dupe for Steve Madden's Dynemite in coral, and Chelsea Boots - cute pseudo riding shoes that I initially believed could only be found at more expensive establishments, and being crazily priced, like how Doc Marts are. (I'm a poor sod, can you tell?)
It helps too that shoes are arranged according to US sizing, and what you see is what you get, in comparison to styles being stocked together, and you as the shopper having to dig for your size which might or might not be there. There's no room for disappointment thanks to their arrangement methods.
I apologize if this 'review' sounds more like a rave. Well, it is! I really hope you'd get moving to the nearest Payless soon, it won't be an experience you'll regret!
(Ps. Don't you just love it when you get good customer service? That's what you'll get at Payless, with salesgirls telling you what the latest deals are, and helping you get on your path to shoes that they think you might like - they're so friendly! Good service is hard to come by nowadays.)
Impressive range of designs, but not durable
When I first stepped into Payless, I was drawn to the huge selection of shoe designs, all stacked up and arranged neatly on ceiling-high shoe racks. The shoes are arranged according to sizes and you can try on any design that you like without the trouble of having to request for it. I also like the fact that they have sizes such as 37.5 or 36.5 -- I have no complaints about the shoes being 'a tad too tight' any more!
The design of the shoes are feminine, trendy, and caters to all types of occasions. Most of them are comfortable (except the 4-inch killer heels of course), and come with rubber, anti-slip soles.
However, the shoes are not very durable. I was disappointed when one of the black ballerina flats I bought fell apart after only 3 months. The black suede exterior of the shoes also became dull-looking after a few weeks of wearing. If you are intending to buy a pair shoes to last you for more than a year, I definitely wouldn't recommend Payless!
Pleasant shopping experience since shoes arranged by size!
Payless shoes are a blessing for people like me who have big feet and are size 9/10. Due to their arrangement of shoes by sizes and also in shoe boxes, they make your shopping experience a pleasant one. You don’t have to bother grabbing the attention of a service staff to get the necessary size for you. Also, if sometimes it’s hard to gauge your size due to the unique cutting of each shoe and you often feel like you’re troubling the staff especially when they aren’t serving you with a pleasant smile. To solve all of this, the concept Payless shoes adopts is really the best. You might sometimes fit into a size 7 and for other pairs you might be a 7 1/2 or 8.
I was introduced to Payless shoes when I was in Australia last year and was surprised when I was informed of their outlet in Suntec City. Now, Payless shoes also has an outlet in Jcube mall for the west- siders. How awesome is this!
Price of Payless shoes are pretty affordable and they have comfortable sandals, pumps, wedges and heels. A pair of shoes usually cost about $30 and sometimes even less than $15 when they’re on discount especially when they’re clearing out older stock.
Shoes haven and more.
When I first came across Payless in Singapore, I was ecstatic. After all, I used to have my friend air flown their stuff here since she's currently studying in America. I am one of those Asians who has big feet, so most of the shoes available her would usually not have any in my size, but with Payless, it's a breeze to get my shoes and actually have a variety to choose from. The shoes range from wedges, to flats, to strappy sandals to boots(my absolute love!).If any guys reading this feels that it is going to be a drag to accompany your girl friends or special someone to this place, don't as they have shoes for guys too, so you could join in the fun.
I'm not so particular about brands but one reason why Payless is one of my absolutely loved shoe shop is the fact that it carries Christian Siriano line. Hello fashionista!
Another reason why I like Payless is because you don't have a staff constantly tailing you around, asking if you want anything or whatever, especially when you're just browsing but that's more of a personal preference. Should you be the kind of person who prefers personal space while looking around, Payless would be a great place to go as it is more of a self-service place.
Shoes are displayed according to sizes and in boxes. So if you fancy one, find a good pair if you could then take it to the counter, pay for it and you're done. Easy right?
Although Payless is known as a shoe store, it actually do offer other items like scarfs, handbags and accessories. All at affordable prices and you'd be sure to know that what you get is worth much more than what you pay for.
There's a new branch at Jcube Mall for those in the west
Shoes arranged according to sizes!
Just like any other girl, shoe shopping is one of those things that I really like doing (like really really. My bf has to pull me out of shoe stores or limit my monthly expenditure on shoes!).
Walking into payless is like walking into shoe heaven. The first payless i went inot was the one situated as the new JCube. Due to the location of the store and with the mall still in the midst of renovating the new outlets, we’ve always seen it from the outside but never went in. Finally, we made the effort to go all the way around and finally found it. And that, was the moment my bf realized that he made a mistake (HAHA). I headed straight to the row that said ‘size 8’ and started picking out almost every other shoe. Not that I was desperate, but they shoes that they carry are really all that pretty. The shoes look good but there is still a small number, about 10-15% that aren’t that comfy. Not to worry though, that remaining 85% will have you spoilt for choice.
If you are looking for good shoes (meaning those that are comfy, pretty and don’t fall apart within a day or two) that don’t come with a hefty price tag, payless is a really good store to go to. With their shoes ranging from $20 onwards, you’ll be sure to find something that suits you.
Oh and guys, there’s something for you too don’t worry
unique but unimpressive
The exterior of the store and the shoes stacked in boxes didn't entice me to enter the store but I did anyway cause I happened to be shopping for a pair of wedges. Shopping at payless is very different from shopping at other shoe stores. Other shoe stores have shoes on displayed on brightly lit shelves but at payless the shoes are in boxes and crammed on shelves. This, together with the narrow aisles were rather unappealing. Though it does make it convenient because I could try on both sides of the shoes without having to approach a sales person for help. Payless reminds me of a supermarket for shoes, aisles with lots of variety but difficult to navigate and I never know which aisle to walk into to find something that I want. This is very different from other shoe shops, where shoes are displayed around the shop, with a huge space in the middle, such that one can just stand in one spot and easily spot what they are looking for.
That said, the shop also seemed rather understaffed when I was there, considering it was a rather huge store.
What I did like about payless was that there was lots of variety and the shoes were reasonably priced, most of the designs I liked were under $50. I tried some of the wedges and heels on and they seemed comfortable enough. I wasn't overly impressed with the designs though. Generally, I found most of the designs too complicated and not up to date (in the sense that you wouldn't expect to find the same things in payless as you do at topshop)
Narrow aisles and unappealing displays aside I would go back to payless again, for the novel and affordable footwear that they have.
Fuss Free Shopping
One thing that immediately caught my eye was the display shelves that resembled a ‘walk-in wardrobe’, probably the first of its kind in Singapore, where shelves are organised by shoe sizes, with a display sign at the top of every aisle. It’s like a girl’s dream come true, with a dedicated aisle for your very own shoe size.
I like the fact that the stocks are neatly arranged on the shelves and I can easily try on the shoes displayed in their pairs without requiring help from staff to find my shoe size in the storeroom. I’m sure that most of us have had shopping experiences where your shoe size isn’t available for the design that you like. Over at Payless, this is different because what you see is what you get. I don’t even have to bother about pesky sales staff who follow me around whenever I want to be left alone to try the shoes in the shop.
The shoes are reasonably priced and I even found a pair of heels priced at $29.90! There are shoes that are designed by notable designers like Christian Siriano (of Project Runway) sold here, which are priced a little higher than the other shoes but still remain cheaper than the other shoe stores I frequent.
The aisles can be quite squeezy especially since my shoe size is rather common so there tends to be quite alot of people in the same aisle as I am. Some people don't put back the shoes whenever they're done trying so it can get pretty messy.