Payless ShoeSource© has been carrying shoes designed by designers especially for Payless (like those Target and H&M collaborations). And I would say that those shoes are surprisingly gorgeous despite their *very affordable* price tags.
For example, this alice + olivia for Payless Mary Jane pumps have such a charming retro look for those who regularly wear vintage-inspired styles. Available in both black and purple, it is only $38!
At $30 and $28 respectively, this Abaete for Payless Radcliffe Rope Sandal and Fairfax Gladiator Sling are so on trend with the navy theme and the gladiator theme. Can't beat trendy items at such a low cost!~
And then, there is American Eagle with bolder selections such as this sandal (also available in black), which is on sale for $16.99 (it was $29.99).
Also, there is lots of flats by American Eagle for Payless. I love the bold red patent with the buckle, which is only $15.99 (from $24.99).
Similarly at $14.99 (from $22.99), this sweet ballet flat below has eyelet fabric details and a bowtie...If it is too sweet for you, there are tons of other flats you should look into at Payless. There is an Easter Sale going on right now until April 12th.
Lastly, I'll include this wedge for good measure. The biggest draw for me is its color (of course), but it is also available in black. And at $16.99 (from $24.99), it is a classic casual shoe that you can't do without.