With summer just around the corner, I'm anxious to show off my newly-manicured toes in cute sandals and flip-flops. Now, as much as I like a simple style for an effortless sandal, I don't want to sacrifice comfort and quality just to get "a look."

Sanuk, the company with the green happy-face logo that adorns — most notably — the sole and sometimes the footbed of its sandals and flip-flops, has been my go-to brand for years. This California-cool company offers great quality in fun styles that last season to season. Still, I don't like paying additional money when I don't have to, so here are some tips for scoring these shoes for less:

1. Don't pay for shipping

Sanuk always offers free shipping and returns with a minimum $45 purchase. Additionally, the site offers complimentary shipping on your first order with e-mail sign-up. Alternately, Zappos offers many of the same styles for the same price (like these well-rated Trippy Toes flats), with no minimum purchase to get free shipping. So save your money for the shoes, not the shipping cost.

2. Shop via Amazon

Amazon has an impressive selection of Sanuk sandals and shoes for men, women and kids. Certain colors and styles are cheaper via Amazon than on the Sanuk site (like these women's Standard Streaker Slip-ons that normally retail for $64 but start at $21.35 for a white style). The price can drop further when using this promotion for 20 percent off a $100 shoe purchase or this sign-up-and-save promotion for 20 percent off any purchase. Remember: Amazon also offers free returns for shoes.

3. Try an independent retailer

Local boutiques and independently-owned stores in your area might already carry Sanuks, so search Facebook or the YellowPages, or just make some calls. Tucked into this local tanning salon in my area is an unexpectedly large selection of Sanuks. Since the store is independently owned, last season’s sandals and closeout shoes are routinely offered for less than $20. Also, the store will offer general merchandise discounts (15-25 percent off) that can make a real difference on a full-price pair of Sanuks.

4. Ask Eddie

As I was contemplating a purchase of a pair of Trippy Toes, I realized I forgot to check my favorite bargain-basement online location for quality-name shoes: Eddie Bauer. Sure enough, they offer those Trippy Toes for not $50 but only $34.99. They also offer a few other select styles, which I can get using discount codes from the site (which routinely offers promotions like 20 percent off, free shipping, and a dollar amount off a minimum purchase — like their current $15 off a $75 purchase through April 22).  Now my only decision: one pair of Trippy Toes, or do I add in these divine Yoga Slings?

5. Get a free gift

If you do shop via the Sanuk site, be sure to do so during a free gift promotional period. In the past, iPhone cases, koozies, and scarves have been sent with a one-pair purchase. To keep up with current offerings, check RetailMeNot or the Sanuk homepage.

6. Try a man's size/style

My size 9 women’s foot slips nicely into a man's size 7 Sanuk flip-flop, so I was stoked when I found a pair of yellow and orange tribal-print closeouts in REI's online outlet for less than $14. (Who knew, too, tribal print would be so "in" this season?!?!) The pair I got is no longer available, but this pair of $20 men's Sanuks comes close to the bargain I scored.

7. Check close-out stores

Discount department stores like T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross change shoe stock on a frequent basis. Last summer, I scored some gold-banded, yoga mat Sanuk flip-flops for only $13.99 at a nearby Ross. Check stock at stores in your area, and also inquire with sales associates about the possibility of shipments of this brand in the future.

8. Use the warranty

If you currently own a pair of Sanuks with a busted seam or a broken tie—and they are less than a year old—don't throw them out. They may be under warranty. If the shoes are found to have a manufacturing defect, the company will replace the shoe at no cost or refund your purchase price. Check here for details.

9. Get cash back through Ebates

If you are a current member of Ebates, you can receive 5 percent cash back at Sanuk online when you shop by going through their site. And if you are new to Ebates, you can earn a $10 gift card with your first $25 purchase!

How to Save on Sanuk Shoes