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home>>beauty & fashion>>wardrobe basics>>footwear>>10 Online Shoe Shopping Tips

10 Online Shoe Shopping Tips

by: Eve Carmichael

Tip #1 - Know Your Feet.

The best way to buy shoes that will fit your feet properly is to take their shape into consideration. Do you feet spill out of the sides of most shoe styles? Then try wide-width shoes.

Do you have a problem with gapping on the sides of your shoes? Perhaps a narrow-width shoes will help.

Are your toes short and stubby? Then pointy shoes might not be right for you. Considering the shape of your feet will help you buy great fitting shoes almost every time.

Tip #2 - Take a Hint From the Shoes You Already Own.

Take your favorite pair of shoes and study them. Ask yourself why they fit your foot so well. Is it because the toe is square instead of pointy? Is the material soft and has molded to the shape of your foot?

Once you know why your best fitting pair of shoes fit so well, find shoes that have a similar design or are made from similar materials, and you shouldn't have too many problems ordering great fitting shoes online.

Tip #3 - Find a Designer Whose Shoes Work For Your.

Most shoe manufacturers and designers tend to cut their shoes consistently. Compile a list of shoe manufactures that make shoes that fit your feet well, and search their online stock for that next great pair of pumps.

Etienne Aigner is one of the shoe manufacturers on my "list", and whenever I search online for a new pair of shoes, I see what they offer first. Nine times out of ten, their shoes fit my feet like a glove (or perhaps I should say they fit like a sock).

Tip #4 - Are Cheap Shoes Really a Bargain?

Everyone loves a bargain, but are you really saving money by buying those $39.95 pleather pumps that hurt your feet and looked trashed after only wearing them a few times. Instead of buying cheap shoes for little money, its better to buy quality shoes on sale. With proper care, quality shoes will feel and look good for years.

Tip #5 - Try On In a Store then Buy Online.

I love to scout out a great pair of shoes at the local mall and them buy them online for less. No tax, and free shipping will make almost any pair of shoes cheaper if you buy it online.

Tip #6 - Shop at Reputable Online Shoe Stores.

Make sure to buy from reputable online shoe merchants that have clearly marked return policies and secure web sites.

Tip #7 - Read Online Shoe Reviews.

Many web sites feature product reviews written by customers. Shoe Reviews will give you an idea of the fit and quality of the shoes reviewed.

Tip #8 - Keep Hosiery & Socks In Mind.

When you're buying a new pair of shoes, keep the kind of hosiery or socks you intend to wear with your new shoes in mind. For example, if you are buying a pair of boots to wear in bad weather, you might want to wear a warm, thick pair of socks with them. So buy the boots a size larger to accommodate the socks.

Tip #9 - Can You Walk in Those Heels?

If you've never worn a pair of 4 inch stiletto heeled pumps before, its best to try a pair on at a brick and mortar store before you buy them on line.

Tip #10 - Don't Spend More Then You Can Afford.

Just because those $325 dollar Bruno Magli Nazli Pumps are just a click and a credit card away, don't spend more than you can afford. Believe me, I know how addictive online shoe shopping can be!

Follow these ten easy online shoe shopping tips, and you'll be shoe shopping online like a pro. Best of all, you'll rarely, if ever, have to return a pair of shoes you bought online again.

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About The Author
Eve loves shoes, and she particularly loves buying them online! She also has over 10 years in the footwear industry. Read more of her pearls of wisdom on how to make the most of online shoe shopping at Two New Shoes.com
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