You can always find sneaker deals if you put in the time to hunt them down but back in the day you could walk into a JC Penney's or Macy's and come up like crazy. Clearances on the latest J's at department stores was the only way some of us could convince our parents to drop a little extra on a pair of kicks. Sneakers at most department stores today are bottom of the barrel, if you can even find them. (Although there are still exceptions.)