Most of the suggestions that have been made so far have downsides. I'm not saying that should stop you, but it's good to know the downsides in advance.
- Getting fitted at a local store and then walking out just because their price is high is unfair to the store's bottom line. The reason they charge more is, in part, because they give you personal hands-on attention. If enough people just take advantage of that, the store will go out of business and then you'll have no place to get this experience.
- My experience with online retailers is that it's a challenge to shop on the basis of price - as the retailers with the best advertised prices require you to be a frequent buyer, accept substitutions, etc. I recall getting the best price from one retailer. A week later, I went back online to find out why I never got my shoes. They had canceled the order without explanation. Now I stick with a few online retailers with which I've had good experiences rather than googling for the cheapest prices.
- Another issue with online is that some of the models change every year or two. For the past two years, I was buying Mizuno Wave Riders 14, then they changed to a 15. Only in my local store were they able to explain to me what the significant change really was and, of course, I could try it out. I bought the new model from the bricks-and-mortar store.
- I've never seen particularly good discounts at expos. I can believe it happens but it sounds like a very rare event. Is it really worth the effort to pick through all that? Maybe it works better if you have an unusual shoe size? (My size is kind of average so there are never any leftovers in my size.) I've also made the mistake of being seduced by the show representatives to try on something different - never a good idea the day before a race! (In fact, that's a danger of expos in so many ways which is why I generally spend most of my time at expos talking rather than shopping.)
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