A JD Sports shopper has shared a simple tip to get brand new Nike trainers reduced instantly, and it’s gone viral. Shoppers have thanked her for sharing the tip, which could save people hundreds of pounds in the long run.
Posting on the Extreme Couponing and Bargains group, shopper Sophie Louise explained how she’d managed to bag a pair of £100 trainers for £64.99. The bestbit? They weren’t even on offer or bought with a discount code.
She told the group: “This may be common knowledge but just in case – thought I’d share as it could save a lot of people a fortune!!
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“I went into JD to find some Nike Air Force 1s. I naturally went straight to the ladies section and tried on a size 6, I couldn’t see the mint ones I was after so I tried the plain white.
“I then showed the shop assistant my phone where I had the Nike website loaded with the mint ones to ask if they had these in stock, but realized the screen I was showing was actually junior. These go all the way up to a size 6 , the man confirmed that junior sizes are identical to adult sizes all the way up to 6, but a fraction of the price because you don’t pay tax on them!
“So the identical white Air Force 1s in the ladies section were £100, two shelves away on the junior shelf.. £64.99!! In the end I ordered directly from Nike because I loved the green. Wondering how much money I could have saved over the years if I’d have known adult size 6 is identical to junior size 6.”
*If you are going to try out the tip, it’s an idea to try on some kids’ sizes first to see if they fit properly, as sizing can differ. Because junior shoes are unisex they are slightly wider, and are ever so slightly different shapes. I have been buying junior trainers myself for years, and as a size 5, sometimes I do find the junior 5 a little snug, so opt to size up to 5.5. Nip to a store if you can to see what fits best.
That said, Sophie’s tip has since been praised by hundreds of shoppers. Helen Hendry wrote: “I have always bought junior trainers being a size 6 myself purely cause they ra fraction of the cost of ladies, the only difference I find sometimes is the fitting, but to be honest for the money I save its worth it. “
Linda Osborne said: “I’m a 5 and always buy the junior size, I point blank refuse to buy Ladies unless you can’t get the style in juniors. I bought a pair of Vapor max, £100 junior, £165 Ladies , total rip off!”
Kate Moore said: “Ooh I’m a 6 and spent years jealous of those who could buy from kids for cheaper!! How did i not know this.”
Lisa Crowley commented: “I’ve done that before now, I’m usually a size 6, but, depending on where I shop, sometimes I can get a 5 1/2, which is classed as junior, and cheaper.”
Jackie Emma Bassett wrote: “I always buy kids! My husband got me some ladies air forces in my size and they are so big! It’s like a leg working out wearing them trying to keep them on. My kiddie ones are so much more comfortable !”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.