The Ultimate Guide to Online Shoe Shopping


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Shoe shopping is tricky enough in real life, let alone trying to shop online. But as someone who just can't handle the chaos of a shopping centre, online shopping is often the best solution. And as someone who also has UK Size 9 feet, sometimes online shopping is the only option - let alone the best option for getting the best price.

So I thought I'd compile some of my favourite tips to bear in mind when online shoe shopping.

1. What are you looking for?

Is it a heel? A trainer? A sandal? All these factors narrow down your options as some places excel in the perfect shoe for the night out, others might be better suited for the trainer. Once you know what you're looking for, it's much easier to start shopping.

2. What's your budget?

Is it £5? Is it £200? Your budget once again is key to finding what you're looking for. If you don't have a budget in mind, it's all too easy to get sucked in and could even end up buying something you can't afford! If you're not sure of a budget, try and think about the shoe's wearability. Is it for a one-off occasion or is it a staple that you'll wear all year. If it's a one-off, go for a low budget, but if it's an everyday shoe, it's worth thinking about brand, material and you'll probably want something of a higher quality.

3. Think About sizing.

The internet is brilliant - it gives the opportunity to shop from global brands but this can make life confusing, especially if they use a different sizing system. Often you'll find that most online websites use US or European sizing so it's definitely worth checking your shoe size first!

4. Opt for free returns.

Whenever you shop online (for shoes or not), it's worth checking their returns policy. Although online shopping can make life easier, you still want the option to be able to return. Research reviews and check that it's an option without funny clauses and you're good to go. Places like ASOS & Missguided are great with free returns & send parcel labels too!

5. Payment.

If you're shopping from a website that isn't massively well-known, it's worth using something like Paypal. This means if you don't receive your order, or there's a problem, you're eligible for buyer protection. Most credit cards offer this, but often debit cards don't. Also, it means that a dodgy website doesn't end up with your card details. Better to be safe than sorry. But remember - if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

6. Check for discounts!

Keep an eye out for sales or check and see if they do student discount. Often websites offer a minimum of 10% off all year round and sometimes if you add something to your basket, within the hour, you receive an email with a discount code. Be savvy - it's worth it.

Online shopping is a great way of finding exactly what you need, and for the best price and can be ideal for finding a gem of a piece that may not be in your local high street store.

Let me know if you find these tips helpful! Are there things that you keep in mind when online shopping? What are your favourite online shops?

fashionEllie Dickinson