There’s a lot to love about the Canadian footwear brand ALDO. First and foremost, there’s the retailer’s selection of trendy, not-too-pricey shoes designed by a team of globe-trotting creatives. Then, there’s its intimate, boutique-like in-store atmosphere.
But the reasons don’t stop there: There’s also the fact that ALDO is the first ever fashion footwear company to be certified carbon neutral, which the company achieved by spending a decade improving the energy efficiency of its operations and implementing initiatives to reduce packaging, transport and travel emissions.
ALDO: History of a Global Shoe Empire
ALDO has come a long way since its founding in 1972, when Aldo Bensadoun — the son of a shoe merchant and grandson of a cobbler — pulled together enough money to fund the production of 60 pairs of wooden clogs in Montreal, Canada. ALDO opened its first store in the U.S. in 1993, and now sells shoes in more than 3,000 stores around the world.
How did ALDO blossom into one of the most successful shoe retailers in the world? In a rare 2010 interview with “The Globe and Mail,” Bensadoun attributed his company’s success to its emphasis on keeping up with rapidly evolving styles. “You have to be fast and you have to renew yourself constantly,” he said. “Our strength is to adapt. As the customer is changing, we’re adapting to the new face of the customer.”
Another one of the driving factors behind ALDO’s global expansion? ALDO delivers top-quality, lasting shoes that draw inspiration from luxury designs. ALDO shoes might be a tad pricier than designs from fast-fashion competitors, but the brand prides itself in keeping its prices reasonable without sacrificing quality.
How To Save at ALDO
Like most brands, ALDO encourages shopper loyalty with frequent sales, insider perks and deals. Play your cards right, and you can save big on ALDO’s already reasonably priced footwear.
Here’s how to shop ALDO for less:
1. Join the ALDO Crew
ALDO Crew, the ALDO loyalty program, hooks members up with special offers, birthday gifts and other perks. ALDO divides the Crew into three membership tiers based on annual spending:
|ALDO Spending for 12 Months||Crew
|Instant 15% Off Welcome Discount|
|Free Shipping||Over $50||Over $50||Always Free|
|Price Drop + Bundles|
|20% Off Birthday Treat|
|Free $15 Birthday Gift|
|Six-month Extended Guarantee|
|20% Off Handbags w/ Shoe Purchase|
|Exclusive Deals + Surprises|
|Share ALDO Discount w/ Up To Five Friends|
2. Shop ALDO Outlet Stores
At ALDO Outlet locations, you can find an extensive selection of ALDO’s shoes, handbags and accessories at discounts of up to 70%. ALDO Outlet stores are located around the country; find a location near you.
3. Shop ALDO Shoe Sale Events
Like many retailers, ALDO hosts sales throughout the year and celebrates holidays like Black Friday and Mother’s Day.
When Does ALDO Have Sales?
The brand hosts special annual events like the ALDO Holiday Sale (early December), Winter Sale (mid-January) and the Summer Sale (June and July). During these sales, ALDO typically offers up to 50% off select sale styles.
Besides holiday events, ALDO typically runs end-of-season sales, when you can land even larger discounts — sometimes up to 70% — on ALDO clearance items from the previous season.
4. Shop ALDO Limited Time Discounts
ALDO offers limited-time opportunities to score extra discounts when you shop. For example, shoppers can take an extra 10% off on orders that have two or more pairs of shoes or handbags through Aug. 3. It’s a great chance to get your teen’s back-to-school footwear and a little something for yourself, too.
5. Shop the ALDO Clearance Section Year-round
ALDO end-of-season sales aren’t the only opportunity to score clearance deals at ALDO. You can shop ALDO’s clearance deals year-round from designated men’s and women’s clearance sections. In the ALDO clearance section, you’ll find items discounted up to 70% off the original price.
6. Never Pay for ALDO Shipping
ALDO shipping costs $7.95 for standard shipping (three to six business days) or $24.95 for express shipping (one to four business days). However, you can avoid ALDO shipping fees and get free standard shipping with the right approach.
These are the three ways you can get free ALDO shipping:
- Spend a Certain Amount: ALDO usually offers free shipping if you hit a shipping threshold minimum. The free shipping minimum is subject to change but typically falls somewhere between $75 and $95.
- Spend $50+ as an ALDO Crew or Crew Plus Member: ALDO offers free shipping on orders of $50 or more to ALDO Crew and ALDO Crew Plus members.
- Achieve VIP Status: ALDO offers free shipping on all orders — no minimum spend required — to ALDO Crew VIP members. To achieve VIP status, spend $300 or more at ALDO in a calendar year.
7. Look for ALDO Coupon + Promo Codes
Usually, ALDO doesn’t require coupons or discount codes to access sales, discounts or special events. However, it’s always worth checking RetailMeNot to see if there are any current ALDO promo codes and coupon offers in circulation, or if we’re currently running an ALDO cashback only for RetailMeNot users.
Plus, check if there are RetailMeNot Cash Back opportunities, like the current 7% cash back for your online ALDO purchases.
8. Get an ALDO Price Adjustment
ALDO accepts price adjustments for regular-priced items for up to seven days after you make a purchase. That means that if you make a purchase at ALDO and the price falls within seven days, you can speak with an ALDO customer service rep or store associate to request a refund for the difference.
9. Know the ALDO Return Policy
The ALDO returns policy lets you return unworn shoes within 60 days of purchase with an original receipt. Refunds are credited in your original form of payment and are usually processed within 10 business days.
How Do I Make an ALDO Return?
You can return items for free to ALDO in-store or through the mail. Here’s how:
- In-Store Returns: You can return items purchased in-store or online at your local ALDO store. To make an in-store return, bring your unworn items and original receipt to a store and speak with a sales associate.
- Online Returns: You can return items you purchased from ALDOShoes.com via mail. To return an online order via mail, start the process on the ALDO website using your order number and ZIP code. You will receive a free UPS label via email with detailed instructions on how to complete your return.
10. Take Part in the ALDO x Give Back Box
This is a money-saving tip and a way to help save the planet. The ALDO Give Back Box Program is an initiative to reduce waste and cut down carbon emissions. The program lets you donate your old shoes, handbags and apparel to charities like Goodwill and the Salvation Army.
To participate, fill a box (like the one you received with your online shoe order) with gently worn and used shoes, accessories and apparel that you’re ready to donate, and drop it off at your local UPS or USPS location. You’ll receive 15% off your next purchase once Give Back Box has received your donations.
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