Online shopping has forever changed the way we shop, making it easier to find what we want, when we want it, and in the size we’re looking for. However, it can also be challenging to know how the quality, fit, and comfort of the shoes will be. Here are some of our top tips for buying women’s shoes online. 

Know Your Size

It's essential to know your shoe size before making a purchase online. Every brand and style can vary in size, so it's a good idea to measure your foot and consult the size chart provided by the retailer (see our size guide here). If you’re still unsure what size to order, many stores offer a customer service email address or chat feature that can help you figure out the best size to order. It’s best to try this first, instead of ordering two sizes. You can also try visiting your local shoe store to have your foot measured with one of those old-school measuring devices. 

Brannock shoe measuring device

Look at the Pictures Closely

One of the best things about shopping online is the ability to zoom in on pictures. Notice how the shoes are constructed. Is it cheaply sewn or glued together where you can see noticeable mistakes? Or is there neat stitching with high attention to detail? Our shoes are individually handcrafted and inspected to meet the highest standards (read more about our factory and standards here). 

Paisley Sneaker

Read Reviews 

Take the time to read through reviews of the shoes you're interested in. See if there’s a filter or way to search for your size. This can give you insight into the fit, comfort, and quality of the shoes and help you determine which size and color to order. Were there any negative reviews? And if so why? Try to ignore the reviews solely on price or personal preferences like color.  

Check the Return Policy

Before making a purchase, make sure to read the retailer's return policy (view ours here). Some online shoe stores offer free returns, while others require you to pay for return shipping. It's also important to know the time frame for returns so that you can return the shoes if they don't work out. Make sure not to wear your shoes outside of the house if you intend to keep them and keep all original packaging to ensure you are eligible for a refund or exchange. 

Take Care of Your Shoes

Once you've received your new shoes, take good care of them. Read the care instructions provided by the retailer (find ours here), and follow them to keep your shoes looking great. This can include cleaning the shoes regularly, using shoe protectors, storing them properly, and even visiting a cobbler. 

shoe care

Buying women's shoes online can be a great experience if you follow these tips. By knowing your size, looking at pictures and reading reviews, checking the return policy, and taking care of your shoes, you can find the perfect pair of shoes that meet your needs and budget. Happy shopping!

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