While the iPhone is a virtual shopping center in your pocket, we Americans may never give up our mall obsessions or our shoe addictions. So whether you are at the mall or in need of a virtual mall, check out these free iPhone apps to navigate your way to some serious shopping.
Mall in your Pocket
The Mall of America is so immense they made an app for it. OK, there are really a ton of mall apps from around the country available in the iTunes App Store, but this one is for THE Mall of America, people -- the land of no sales tax on clothing. This free Mall of America app lists all the stores by categories or alphabetically -- your choice -- and allows you to select your favorites for easy access -- it even recommends similar stores. The map function isn’t very interactive, but it will help you out in a jam if you know the general area where you left your car -- say, at Bloomingdale’s.
If you are looking for a more interactive map function for the Mall of America or for a mall near you, check out the free FastMall – Shopping Malls, Community and Interactive Maps app. This app can actually give you step-by-step directions to the nearest restroom and helps you remember where you parked your car.
Now, you can access an air traveler’s favorite mall with the free SkyMall app. If technology has turned you into more of a shop-while-seated-on-the-couch consumer, then check out the SkyMall app for all your nose hair trimming, air purifying and miscellaneous home décor needs.
Savvy App Shoe Shopping
From surfers to New York City commuters, Ugg boots are seen on folks from coast to coast -- and from season to season. Now, the iconic winter-centric footwear seller has launched a free Ugg app. Cozy up to all the new styles and order a new pair on you walk to work using this app.
If you wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair of Uggs and are always in heels, check out the free NinaShoes app. This app is chock full of cute, sexy and comfortable heels. Nina has fun styles that are lovely on anyone.
Are you more of a sneaker guy or gal? Check out the free NIKEiD app for some Inspiration tennis shoes, available in thousands of colors. Shake your iPhone to shuffle the colors of the shoes.
Back to School Fashion
That’s right, back to school is right around the corner, and it’s time to start shopping for your first-day outfit. If you are a classic kind of kid, check out the free Shop Lacoste app for an alligator look your friends will never disrespect.
If you’re a thrifty shopper, download the free eBay Fashion app to get gently-used and some new designer looks for less.