Sometimes, heading into the shoe shop is nice – you get great service, you get to try the shoe on before you buy it, and make sure it’s exactly what you want before taking it home with you.
But other times, shopping online for shoes is the way to go! You get as much time as you like to browse, there’s far less pressure and you often get a wider variety of products. That being said, there’s an art to buying shoes online, so today we touch base with the experts from Forbes Footwear who tell us the top 5 tips for online shoe-shopping!
1) Choose a reputable business
First and foremost, do your research on the business you’re planning to buy from. Make sure they’re a real store, ideally with a bricks and mortar shop too – this is a clear sign that their business is legitimate. Check out their reviews and see what others have said, too. It’s always great to get real-life opinions. Don’t go with the first online shoe site you see, or one that offers suspiciously low prices. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is!
2) Ensure there’s a phone number you can call
Another great sign of whether a business offers quality service is whether they have a phone number listed. While this may seem small, it can actually be a lifesaver. Say you ordered your shoes online three weeks ago, but they still haven’t arrived. You go to the seller’s website and realise there’s no phone number… that’s when panic sets in! Even if there is an email helpline, it will still take days for them to reply. Calling up resolves your concerns immediately.
3) Make sure they have a wide range
There’s nothing worse than being stuck with a boring range of shoes. Variety is the spice of life! Choose a business that offers everything from casual sneakers to dress shoes to runners and more.
4) Check their returns policy
Let’s say your shoes arrive and they aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, or they’re a size too big. In this case, you’ll need to return or exchange. Always, always, always make sure that there’s a reasonable return policy, otherwise you could pay the price… literally.
5) Go for quality at the right price
It’s always best to go for a great quality product at a fair price, rather than a fair or average quality product at a cheap price. You’ll find that quality pays off in the long run!
Forbes Footwear is your shoe shop of choice, both online and in-store at their Sydney premises. Offering free shipping Australia-wide for all orders over $180, Forbes Footwear stocks a huge range of quality shoes. The Forbes philosophy is simple: deliver quality products at fair prices and keep customers happy as can be. Browse the range online today!