I consider myself to be technology friendly, internet savvy (hey, I write a blog!) but there is still one thing that I’ve never done (okay, perhaps there are more things than just the one, but those are all different posts….on different blogs…)
Anyhooo… What is this one thing? Online shopping. Specifically, online shoe shopping. I have never bought shoes online.
I know, I know. In this our very tech savvy age, who doesn't buy everything online? When I am so inclined, I do quite a bit of shopping online. I actually prefer to online so as to avoid the otherwise necessary interactions with other humans... random shopping included. I’ve bought clothes that looked fabulous on the model (not so much on me), socks for my brother, a nifty tool kit, even panties and a bra once and even gum. I really would buy just about anything online.
Except shoes. Because there’s a line, people!
First, there is just the sheer pleasure of trying on shoes when shoe shopping and you can't do that when buying online. Clicking on the images showing a pair of shoes from different angles is not the same as putting them on and turning in front of the mirror to admire yourself wearing the shoes and seeing how that awesome heel accentuates your own leg.
But more importantly, you can't try the shoes on. So how do you know they're going to fit right?? Answer: you just don’t.
But if you’re bent on depriving yourself of one of life’s pleasures, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Very, very important: Does the vendor you are buying from have a clearly stated return policy? If so, what's the time line and is it reasonable? (No good if it's two weeks and it takes two weeks to receive them.) Under what circumstances will they accept returns? Most places are very reasonable here but occassionally this can be an issue (ie: they'll only accept the return if THEY sent you a wrong size and not if they sent the size you ordered but now it doesn't fit.)
What is the cost of shipping? What is the standard time for shipping - if you want these shoes for a specific event on a set date, this is important to note. Do they pay for return shipping?
Don't settle for the first vendor you come across, shop around to make sure you're getting the best deal, based on both price and service.
Don't end up like Cinderella's sisters with blood in your shoes. Make sure you know your size. While shoe sizes are generally fairly standard, there is some variation between brands and styles. Does the vendor use North American or European sizing? Here's a handy website to help with the international size conversion: OnLineConversion.com
Does the shoe fit true to size? The best way to know this of course is to try the shoe on, but since you're doing this online, take advantage of other's experience: check reviews.
What are the complaints... too tight in the toe box? Heel slipping? Do the shoes fit true to size? Is the colour the same as in the pictures? These things are subjective, but if you see a trend in the reviews, you'll want to take that into consideration.
Since we're all very techny, this goes without saying... but I'll say it anyway: Make sure it's a secure site before you give out credit card information. I prefer a credit card instead of PayPal for the additional security my credit card company provides, but that is my personal preference.
I'm sure this has been making its rounds through the "forward this to 10 people" cyber world for a long time, but this was the first time I saw it and liked it so much, I decided to share it here... instead of spamming it to 10 of my friends!
The Open Toed Shoe Pledge As a member of the Cute Girl Sisterhood, I pledge to follow the Rules when wearing sandals and other open-toe shoes:
I promise to always wear sandals that fit. My toes will not hang over and touch the ground, nor will my heels spill over the backs. The sides and tops of my feet will not pudge out between the straps.
I will go polish-free or vow to keep the polish fresh, intact and chip-free. I will not cheat and just touch up my big toe.
I will sand down any build-up of rough skin before it turns hard and yellow. I will shave the hairs off my big toe (yes, you do have hair on your big toe).
I will not wear pantyhose even if my misinformed girlfriend, coworker, mother, sister tells me the toe seam really will stay under my toes if I tuck it there.
If a strap breaks, I won't duct-tape, pin, glue or tuck it back into place hoping it will stay put. I will get my shoe fixed or toss it.
I will not live in corn denial; rather I will go to my good friend Dr. Scholl if my toes need him.
I will take my toe ring off toward the end of the day if my toes swell and begin to look like Vienna sausages.
I will promise if I wear flip flops that I will ensure that they actually flip and flop, making the correct noise while walking and I will swear NOT to slide or drag my feet while wearing them.
I will promise to go to my local nail salon at least once per season and have a real pedicure (they are worth every penny of the $25 or $30).
I will promise to throw away any white/off-white sandals that show signs of wear as few things are tackier than dirty white sandals.
I will promise to do my best to display my beautiful feet only in their full feminine glory... in a pair of gorgeous strappy sandals whenever possible.
At first glance I really like the look of this shoe. The curve along the side is eye catching - very feminine and the height at the back of the heel gives it a fantastic look (that for some reason makes me think "Barracuda!" as per the song...)
...anyway, now, wearing them. Not sure; I'm not sold after trying them on the first time. They weren't immediately comfortable, the heel kept slipping off but going to a smaller size wasn't an option due to the fit in the toe box but I like the look enough that I'll go back and give them another try.