We list the 5 essential steps to follow when you buy shoes online.
Buying shoes is an important task – after all, your shoes and the condition they are in say a lot about you. If you are buying shoes online for the first time ever, you might want to consider some important tips. Here’s some help to get you started:
1 Measure your feet first.
If you have never bought shoes online, the first step is to measure your feet correctly. Ideally, this should be done in the afternoon hours, when the feet are said to be at their largest during the day. Draw a close outline of your feet on a blank sheet of paper. Now take a measuring tape and count the length of the foot from the highest toe to the back of the heel. Also measure the foot at its widest points. These are your foot measurements, so remember them. If you are certain of the brand of shoes you are about to buy, you can even try a few pairs of the brand at an offline store. This way, you can be sure of the exact size you are about to buy.
2 Look up the type of shoe you want to buy.
There are so many types of shoes online that the sheer variety can boggle the imagination. So first consider which kind of shoes you want to buy. If you are looking for office wear shoes, then you can find a wide variety in leather and rexine shoes, from brogues to Moccasins. You can also look up sneakers, flip flops, sandals, etc. Each has its own purpose, so pick wisely. Browse fashion sites like Jabong if you want a large range of shoes at superb prices.
3 Study the size guide carefully.
Leading online fashion sites like Jabong list down all the relevant details about the all the products in their online shoes catalogue. These details include material, type of fit, dimensions, care instructions, price, etc. The site also provides a size guide or size chart – click on this to see the shoe’s exact dimensions in inches and centimetres. Since you have already measured your feet, compare your foot size to the shoe size (account for a few millimetres of width for your socks, and also for your foot to move comfortably inside the shoe) before you choose a pair of shoes that you like.
4 Study the exchange and refund policy.
This is really important, because many sites will not allow an exchange of shoes, but some might. You should retain the price tag and the packaging, and for heaven’s sake, don’t wear the shoes outside your home and scuff up the sole before asking for a refund. Most sites allow a 15-day to 30-day window for exchanges and refunds, subject to certain conditions.
5 Finish paying and await delivery.
Once you have read all the terms and conditions and filled your shopping cart/bag with the shoes you liked, it is time to pay for the shoes online. You can use your credit or debit card to pay, or you can exercise the COD (Cash On Delivery) option if you are not comfortable with paying online. The site will give you a rough timeline for delivery. Sites like Jabong will alert you when the shoes have been shipped and the date of delivery, with a tracking link for you to check the status of delivery.