DSW Shoe Hookup


Ahh…good ol’ DS-dubbs. When I would visit home from college, my mom and I would run down to DSW to get our deal-seeking thrills in, and just recently, DSW pulled through for a last-minute pair of bridesmaid shoes for a friend in a panic. My favorite DSW “OMG” moment was when I found a pair of suede Kate Spade flats that I literally wore to death. And I mean death…holes in the toes and everything.

Tip: their stores also carry great heel liners that are a little thicker than my other fave Foot Petals, which make them good for mixing and matching in shoes of various fits.

*For those of you not familiar with DSW, it stands for Designer Shoe Warehouse, and is a discount shoe retailer. They carry a wide variety of name brands, including designer, at really awesome prices. They carry everything from special occasion shoes to rain boots, and while those in the mid-size range have the best choice, a good day can yield size 5’s and below on some pretty great stuff.

Still on the hunt for a good pair of boots (lest we forget I wore loafers in an East Coast blizzard last yearloafers, people!), DSW sent me the Coconuts Britain Boot to try on for size. It’s a very cute little boot, and I’m always a fan of equestrian looking leather straps on boot ankles. Despite reviews reporting the calf runs narrow, these aren’t quite narrow enough for me, so I’ll be taking this opportunity to do something I’ve been thinking about trying for a while now…shopping around for cobbler quotes on boot slimming. I love a good tailoring adventure!

Now on to the good stuff…


During the month of December, DSW is sponsoring the DSW Shoe Hookup (#dswshoehookup) with 50 bloggers to give away prizes totaling 250 pairs of shoes and 250 copies of the NYT best selling book, Do You Speak Shoe Lover?. Each blogger gets to giveaway 5 Bonus Cards worth $50 in DSW merchandise, and 5 copies of Do You Speak Shoe Lover?. 50 bloggers means 50 contests, so if you don’t win this one, you have 49 more chances. The full list of blogs and contest dates is listed after the giveaway details.

The Giveaway… (ENDED)

  • Five (5) winners will each receive one (1) DSW electronic Bonus Card via email in the value of $50, and one (1) copy of Do You Speak Shoe Lover?.
  • Bonus cards may be spent on merchandise at dsw.com or at DSW stores.
  • Contest open to US residents only.
  • Limit one winner per household/per family from the 50 blogs participating in the promotion. Individuals winning more than one giveaway will receive 1 prize and the other winning entries will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be chosen.
  • Winners will receive electronic Bonus Card (via email), within 2‐3 weeks of contest completion.
  • Giveaway ends on Saturday, 12/7 at 11:59PM PT. *ENDED*

How to Enter…

Enter via the form at the bottom of this post. Entries include:

  • Required: Be a DSW Rewards Member (1 entry)
    • You’ll need to enter your DSW Rewards Program member number to enter (it can be found on your “My DSW” page & looks like this).
    • If you’re not a DSW Rewards Member, you can sign up here (it’s free!). See below for more info on the DSW Rewards Program.
  • You get an extra entry if you:
    • Get the Alterations Needed email newsletter (1 extra entry)
    • Follow Alterations Needed on Instagram (1 extra entry)
    • Follow Alterations Needed on Twitter (1 extra entry)
    • Follow Alterations Needed on Facebook (1 extra entry)
  • That’s a total of 5 entries if you take advantage of each entry opportunity

What is the DSW Rewards Program?

The DSW Rewards Program is a free program that once you sign up, earns you points toward reward certificates every time you shop at DSW.

Benefits include:

  • Free Membership
  • $10 Reward certificates for every 1,500 points earned
  • Free shipping on orders of $35 or more
  • Two double‐points shopping days each year
  • Advance notice of sales, clearance and upcoming opportunities for bonus points
  • Special offers, promotions and birthday certificate
  • More benefits can be found here

Want more chances to win?

Here is a list of all 50 bloggers and their giveaway start dates for the DSW Shoe Hoookup. Each blog is another chance to enter:

December 2nd: MyBelonging & Shoe Smitten
December 3rd: My Fashion Juice, Belle de CoutureGentriLee
December 4th: Alterations NeededThe Chic Street, & Much Love, illy
December 5th: Life, Love, and the Pursuit of ShoesPink Avenue, & Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins
December 6th: Jador FashionFashion Snag, & Melanee Shale
December 7th: High Fashion 4 LessFashion Fling, & Denim Debutante
December 8th: Jimmy Choos and Tennis ShoesOh So Glam, & Corals and Cognacs
December 9th: Kimmy ErinCrystalin Marie, & Sandy A La Mode
December 10th My Own Blog ReviewAround Lucia, & Trend Hungry
December 11th: Stiletto BeatsVintageorTacky, & Girl Avant Garde
December 12th: Behind The SeamsFancy Things, & Dearest Lou
December 13th: The Fashion PoetLet It Be Beautiful, & Mae Badiyan
December 14th: Good, Bad, and FabKel and Kate, & The Frugalista
December 15th: The Fashionably BrokeLittle Miss Fearless, & Modly Chic
December 16th The Fashionista Next DoorStuds and Sapphires, & Britt and Whit
December 17th Living In Color PrintLove Fashion Live Life, & A Mon in Red High Heels
December 18th Fashionable HostessDistrict Sparkle, & Crowley Party

Good luck & happy shoe shopping! =)


This Giveaway Has Ended

The winners are:

Lucy H.
Carey W.
Jessica A.
Shiloh W.
Layla S.

Congrats! =)

This post and giveaway has been sponsored by DSW.

Join the Conversation


  1. says: Vicky

    Hi Kelly,
    I was reading your post on the foot liner. I really
    like your tip on the ” sling back foot liner”., but
    when I click on the link to Nordstrom website,
    it’s not available . Do you know if it’s available
    elsewhere ? I really like your tips.. Very helpful.
    Thank you!

  2. says: CrankyPants

    Looking forward to the adventures in boot slimming.I have considered but waved it off because of price (just guessing) and the unknown quality output. Still intrigued by it.

  3. says: petitesteph

    i have actually had a pair of boots slimmed, it worked out really well! it was a couple of years ago but i don’t believe it was prohibitively expensive, under $50 anyhow. it didn’t take a particularly special cobbler either, i just went to the place near my office where i had gotten shoes repaired in the past — they always did good work, but i wouldn’t call them high-end or anything. not sure anything can be done about boots being too tall, though, which i frequently have trouble with. looking forward to seeing how it works out for you!

    1. Hi! DSW will probably post all the final winners on their blog, so check back there after all the contests end: http://blog.dsw.com/

      All the winners of my giveaway have already been contacted, and you reminded me that I forgot to list them on the blog post (sorry about that!). I’ll post their names now. =)

      1. says: Cookiemownster

        thanks im just trying to figure out which blog i won coz I won at fashionably Broke and that’s the first ive seen my name and i never got any emails or anything that i won i just saw their rafflecopter with my name and they said i had already won previous so im trying to figure out who i won from :(

        1. Oh no! I know a lot of bloggers expect contest entrants to check back to see if they won instead of contacting them. That’s a bit of a daunting task for this giveaway, though. Make sure you check your spam folder and any other email accounts you might have used just to make sure you didn’t accidentally miss an email or something. If you can’t find anything, email me (kelly(at)alterationsneeded.com) with your full name and DSW Rewards Number (that you used to enter the giveaways) and I’ll send it along to DSW to see if you won somewhere.

          1. says: Cookiemownster

            omg thank you so much i would truly appreciate it! ive been going thru every single blogger lol im halfway thru still dont see my name and most dont have winners posted. i hate bothering peeps bout them lol im just wondering coz none of my friends had mentioned i won. and I never got any emails from anyone. not even from Fashionably Broke lol i had to ask if the person on the list was me just to be sure! :) thanks SO much I will send an email to u now :)

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