Gone are the days of needing to pay a visit to shoe boutiques to see what options are in your size or price range. Now you can buy the exact style of shoe you’re looking for online, from any number of sources, both large brand and smaller startups.
If you buy shoes online, there are several factors you need to consider to make sure you’re happy with your purchase. So if you’ve found your perfect pair of shoes on that cool online store, be sure to check off the following steps.
Differences In Size
You’re probably aware that sizing is slightly different between brands and that a good fit in one brand might be slightly more snug in another. It’s not such a problem if you are buying shoes in a familiar brand, but if you’ve found cool new shoes by a company you’ve never bought from before, double check your sizing against theirs.
To check your feet, put on socks (if you plan to wear socks with the shoes) and measure your foot from heel to big toe, ideally on a sheet of paper where you can mark the sizing. Check both feet as most people have one foot slightly bigger than the other.
Check The Returns Policy
If you’re getting a pair of new shoes shipped halfway across the country (or the world even) you’ll want to know what the deal is with their returns policy. Many brands will offer full refunds, but keep in mind that often stores require the buyer to pay shipping. Check before you buy shoes online to avoid confusion later on.
Shipping Costs Vary
Paying shipping costs is standard procedure so factor this in. However, many companies offer free shipping over a certain value or sometimes in a geographic location. You might be getting a great deal on those cool new shoes online, but does the price gets bumped up significantly by the postage?
If there is free shipping over a certain value, and you fall below that threshold, you’ll need to decide to either pay for shipping or add more to your order.
Check The Feedback
Buying shoes locally do mean you get to visually inspect the build quality of your potential new purchase, but what about online? If you’re buying shoes online by a well-known brand, you can always go to your local sneaker store and have a cheeky look (or touch). But if your new shoes are by an up and coming brand, how do you know what the product is like?
Checking the company’s feedback on sites such as Trustpilot and Google reviews is a great way to see what others think of the build quality. These independent reviews often provide insights on not just quality, but also things like sizing and color preferences. Online reviews have become a huge resource for the online buyer.
Any online sales portal should be secure, so make sure that the words ‘secure’ is displayed next to the URL in your browser, and that the web address starts with an https://. This means that the site has it’s security certificates and that your payment information is encrypted. Meaningless opportunity for hackers or data leaks and letting you rest easy when putting in your payment details online.
Yet another benefit of online reviews is to reassure you that the store is reputable and your payment information will be secure.
Sales & Vouchers
At certain times of the year, you might find great deals from online stores, often during Black Friday, around Christmas, and during seasonal changes. For example, many stores will offer deals to clear out their winter stock as they move into spring and the same after summer into fall/winter.
Some brands also offer a discount if you sign up for their newsletter or other incentives. You can also research for codes. Sites like RetailMeNot and Slickdeals advertise active coupon codes for thousands of stores. Not every store will have active promotions, but it is worth checking your options.
Try Them On ASAP
When those cool new shoes arrive, try them on as soon as possible. You normally have a specified period of time to return or exchange your shoes if needed. Make sure you don’t wait until the last minute to find out if these are the right choice for you.
Tips For Checking Your New Shoes
When you try your new purchase, make sure you wear them only indoors while you check out the fit. Dirtying the soles can often void the possibility of a return!
Keep them on for a little while you walk around your house and ideally wear them with socks. Take note if they pinch or rub if there is enough space around the toes or even if they creak or squeak. Ideally, you will want to have at least a quarter inch (approx 6mm) from the end of your toe to the shoe for the best fit.
Make sure you avoid getting them dirty, so don’t wear your new shoes while you’re cooking or cleaning the bathroom etc. If they feel great when you’re all set to enjoy your new purchase!
Wherever you’re looking to buy shoes online, make sure you follow these simple instructions to make sure you’re as happy as you can be with your new purchase!