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4 Tips For Buying Boots Online

Updated on January 8, 2013

For most people, buying shoes online is a way of life. From high-heeled, dressy boots, to combat, riding, and wedge boots, they purchase them all online. They variety of styles and colors fuel their motivation for shopping online just as much as the convenience it offers. But there are some things that you must know before you purchase your first pair of boots online. You have to get the size and fit right if you don’t want to be disappointed when the boots arrive at your door. You’ll probably know that boots fit a lot different to your heels and running shoes, so here are some tips to get it right the very first time.

Proper Fit From The First Wear

If you’re not sure of the size of boots that you wear, it is advisable to measure the length and width of your feet and compare those measurements to the ones provided online. Find sizes that most closely match your measurements. It is always better to go with measurements that are too big than too small since for most boots you might have to go a half-size up. Go a half size up if the boots have pointed toes.

When you get the boots, the fit should be just right the moment you put them on. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that ill-fitting boots would change with continued wear. By that time it might be too late to return the boots and exchange for another size, since most retailers won’t accept returns on shoes that were obviously worn.

Know The Brand

Since not all brands fit the same way, it is advisable to stick with a brand whose size you’re familiar with. A size 8 in one brand might fit like a 7 in another, so be careful when you’re purchasing boots in an unfamiliar brand. If you’re willing to take to the risk, carefully measure your feet and match the measurements to the ones provided online.

You can make life a lot easier if you print out a copy of a Brannock Device and stand on it to get your exact measurements. This might seem like a lot of work just to purchase a pair of boots, but when you consider the time and cost of returning the shoes to get another pair, it will be well worth the effort.

Research the Supplier

Research specialty and unknown retailers before you buy. The most obvious retailers can be trusted to provide the things they promise, but you should proceed with caution if you’re purchasing from a lesser known retailer. You’ll want to ensure that you get the shoes that you ordered, and if you pay for designer brands you’ll want some guarantee that the shoes are authentic. Check for reviews online and for feedback from satisfied customers.

Return Policy

In spite of all your efforts to get the size right, mistakes sometimes happen. If the style or color is not what you expected or the fit is just not right, you’ll want the opportunity to return the shoes and get your money back. Check the store’s return policy before you order.


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      Kim Anne 5 years ago from Texas

      Voted you up! Very interesting. I'd personally be too scared to order a new brand I didn't know online.