Making the most of your online shoe store shopping ventures

You call up your girlfriend and see if she’s up for a shoe shopping expedition. You meet at the mall, then drive all over town to make sure you find the exact, perfect pair you want. If you intended to spend the afternoon, it’s fun. When you receive an invitation to a special event on Friday night, you panic and shop one night after work, coming home, dog tired, frazzled, with an acceptable pair of shoes. Here’s where the online shoe stores shine. Here’s how to find that perfect pair of glitter heels online, which not only fit, but require just a fraction of the time spent hoofing it around town. Your choice of styles and sizes is far greater than your brick and mortar options.
If you have some favorite shoe stores in your home town, look in the phone book to see if they have a website. If they have exactly what you’re looking for, end of story. One call and you pick them up.
Most big chain shoe stores have websites. Check these websites for coupons, discounts and upcoming sales. Most have instructions allowing you to determine correct sizing, with measurements designed to give you a good fit. Keep in mind that shoe manufacturers may differ slightly on what they call a certain size. Read the sizing instructions carefully, as they may contain brand-specific notes on sizing.
Before going online, it’s a good idea to go into a shoe shop and have your size determined by a shoe salesperson. Ask about width and if you have an extra narrow heal or such. It’s becoming less common for shoes to come in widths such as ‘AA’, ‘B’ or ‘E’, but if you’re in the retro online shoe store market, this is valuable information.
When shopping in an online shoe store, pay attention to information on the materials used in the shoe, as well as stitching versus gluing. For example, if you find a shoe that’s made of leather with stitched shoes, this indicates a shoe of higher quality. This information can help you determine the value and therefore, the price you might be willing pay.
The smaller, boutique style of online shoe stores may give more personalized service, especially in terms of fitting. Some even offer a service where you send a tracing of your feet, which they match to fit a particular shoe. They’ll keep it on file. This is a handy perk for the customer. If you like their stock, you may become a regular customer. This is just good business. The large chain stores cannot handle the volume involved, so the small online shoe shop can get an edge on the competition.
In all cases, it makes a lot of sense to actually verify the return policy before you buy.
Whether you’re shopping for slippers or the latest designer shoes, it’s a snap to accomplish online, saving you time, effort and, of course, the not insignificant cost of gas. The massive selection of online shoe stores is, well, the world, but delivered to your front room  in a few clicks of a mouse.