Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Hey, newsflash: I like to shop for shoes. Like, a lot. As in, my
closet is overflowing with the 130+ pairs of shoes that I can't stop
buying. I attribute it back to my first pregnancy. I didn't get huge or
anything, but things didn't fit well and I had an awkward baby belly
that wasn't big enough for maternity clothes but was too big for normal
clothes. It was a dark time for me. I turned to shoes. Shoes always fit.
Shoes didn't judge. Shoes were pretty.
Fast forward seven years and I'm still totally obsessed. And one of my favorite ways to add to my collection is to shop for deals online. Seriously, I buy a huge amount of cheap shoes online, thanks to coupon codes, sales and the fact that I do it on a daily basis. But shopping for shoes online can also be a little tricky, so I've got some tips if you're going to be trolling the interwebz for pretty shoes.
1) Look for brands you already own.
This is something I do with online clothes shopping as well. It's probably the only time I could be considered "brand loyal." It's just that if I shop via brand, I know for sure what size will fit me, since I've already got some in my closet. For instance, I love Chinese Laundry shoes. I'm a 7.5. When I see CL shoes on sale, I don't have to hum and haw over the fit, since I already know. I heart online shoe superstores that have most popular brands of women's shoes since I can sort via the brands I already own and buy that way.
2) Read the reviews.
This is a MUST, people. Reviews are golden because they save you from making the same mistakes someone else has already made, like ordering too narrow or buying a shoes that's totally uncomfortable. I always check out the user reviews for comments on the way the shoes fit, whether or not they run true to size and how comfortable/easy they are to walk in. I mean, obviously I sometimes still buy shoes even if they aren't easy to walk in, but at least I'm prepped.
3. Shop around.
4. Make sure there's a darn good return policy.
Buying shoes online means you don't get to try them on, so you're sorta flying blind. There's been times where I bought shoes from a brand I knew and did everything right -- and they still didn't fit all that well when I got them. Seriously, I have one pair of heels that were so tight that they literally made me lightheaded when I wore them. That's why you need to check the return policy before you buy. Gold standard is free returns, but it'll vary from store to store. Just know what you're getting into so you can send the shoes back if they're totally heinous.
5. Hide the boxes from your husband.
Then, when he asks if your shoes are new, shrug noncommittally and mumble something about having them for a while. Just trust me on that.
Let's recap here:
Shopping for shoes online = good.
Shopping without thinking = bad.
Having a good return policy = good.
Owning up to it = bad.