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Shopping Shoes Online . . .

October 17, 2008

Online Shoe Stores

Buying Online

It’s difficult to believe that in a world where most people actually like to try their shoes on before buying them, online shoe stores have become so popular.
The reasons why ‘s more than obvious, the wide variety (sizes, colors, styles), the price,
the opportunity to save yourself a trip to a “real” store and to make your purchase from
the comfort of your house.

However, sometimes it’s difficult to find a good online shoe store that offers a decent service and reasonable prices, that is why in this post we’ll list and analyze online shoes stores.

Why People buy Online?

Why are people buying shoes online? It’s easy, variety, price and convenience.

Some online stores offer the largest selection of shoes anywhere with 250 top brands of the most styles per brand, the broadest range of materials, colors, sizes, and widths, and with the most up to date fashions. Find shoes in sizes ranging from a women’s size 2 to a size 17 or a men’s size 1 to a size 20, with width’s running from extra narrow to extra wide.

In addition, you can find online discounts that provide savings of up to 65% off plus free shipping with live customer service and free returns. But if you still you don’t feel so sure about online shoes stores on some websites you can see what other customers think by checking out customer’s reviews and ratings on the thousands of shoes and accessories.

There are great savings every day online and with these great savings, you won’t be hit with any additional sales charges or fees with free shipping and free return shipping anywhere in the United States and you will receive your order within three to ten business days. Some sites offer first time customers an additional 10% off their purchase and the opportunity to save more on future purchases. Whether you’re a first time buyer or not you can review other customer’s ratings from the thousands of products across the website. Find out if a shoe runs a little wide or narrow from others who have bought the same item.

The choice is simple, with the advantages of purchasing without any sales tax, and enjoying great sales and discounts from your own home, secure purchasing, live customer service, and free shipping, you can see why everyone is shopping online.

Online Shoe Stores

1) Bakershoes.com

Sorry guys, this store its only for us women 🙂
I came across this store a week ago, and I really like it…
Bakers Shoes carries a lot of hot brand names, sort of stylish shoe variety, it also offers some really nice handbags.
The prices are reasonable, no free shipping ($6.95 standard shipping plus $2 for any additional item), the customer service is not a real help there’s only a toll free number for returns, so you have to assist yourself in this page, no live chat, however this it is an attractive site to visit.

Bakers Shoes Site

2)  BuyAndWalk.com
This site it’s still a toddler giving the first steps compared with some of the giants online shoe stores.
I think they’ve been around for over a year now, and they have made some changes like changing the page
resolution from 800×600 to 1280×124, and adding some features to  accomplish an easier shopping experience.

I’m a regular customer from this site since I buy most of my Converse shoes from here (trust me I do buy a looooot of shoes), since they have a lot of Converse styles to pick from and I get special discount for being a regular.
This site offers free shipping, free shipping return and no sales tax, you can order online or by phone.
The customer service is really good, the people there are sincerely willing to help both by phone or by live chat.
The site is quite easy to use as well as the return and exchange process, great prices, not a huge selection of brands but if what your looking for are sneakers both for women, children and men I strongly recommend you this site.

BuyAndWalk.com Site

3) DSW.com

This site has been around since Spring 2008 when it was it launched, I actually haven’t had the opportunity to buy shoes but I’ll try it as soon as I can.
The site its OK, not really sure about the black background thought, I know that it’s to add a sophisticated touch but it makes me feel unease while I navigate the site.
A large variety of brands and styles are available for women and men, prices are OK, no free shipping ( $7.95 standard shipping 7-10 business days), no free shipping return ( the shipping return fee will be deducted from your refund), returns and exchanges may take up to 14 days.
Overall it’s a good site but despite the variety of shoes there are better sites that offer free shipping & free shipping return, not one of my favorites but it has some very nice shoes.

DSW Site

4) Ebay.com

I’m sure everyone have at least visited ebay.com at least once, but I have to admit that having so much brands and styles sometimes makes it to difficult to find what you want, that is why I prefer small online shoe stores.
The site is really nice and cozy, its easy to navigate, it provides Live chat but its quite slow (I had to wait like 5 minutes for a customer service representative), free shipping depends on the seller since ebay its not involved with the shipping and returns.
Overall its a recommendable site.

Ebay Site

5)  Endless.com

In case you’ve been living under ground Endless.com belongs to Amazon.com, so its different to visit a site
knowing that was created by a giant as Amazon.com.  Hands down to Endless.com, it offers free overnight shipping, free return, 365 day return and 100% price guaranteed.
Wide selection of brands and styles, from dress shoes to athletic shoes, products available for women, men and kids.
Prices are reasonable, depending on the kind of shoe your interested in. It’s an attractive site, and has a lot of features that are quite helpful, such as search by color, price, size and more.
If am not mistaken Endless.com has been around since 2006 but despite its short years of existence it has the backup of one of my favorite sites.
In the end this site its highly recommendable.
Endless Site

6) OnlineShoes.com
Here’s another online store that has a lot of brands and styles to choose from, available for women, kids and men.
Its a friendly and easy to navigate site, with the toll free number right above in case you need help (not like some other that practically hide the phone number!), it offers free shipping, free 90 days return.
Prices are…OK, but some shoes cost for example 20 dollars more than other sites.
Overall its an interesting site to visit.

Online Shoe Site

7) ShoeBuy.com

Shoebuy.com offers free shipping, free shipping return no sales taxes and 100% price guaranteed.
There is a wide selection of brands (over 650) and styles, for women men and kids.
The site is quite easy to use, unlike other sites they manage to distribute the 650 brands to make the navigation easier; toll free number.
Overall, its a good site but sometimes I find the prices a little bit to expensive.

ShoeBuy.com Site

* Well that’s all for this week, maybe I’ll write about some other online shoe stores next week. 🙂
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Disadvantages of Buying Shoes Online

May 7, 2008

Disadvantages of Buying OnlineEverything has two sides or two different angles depending on who is telling the story. That´s why after writing about the advantages of buying online on our previous post, we decided to move forward and try to make a little research on what are the disadvantages of buying online.

How secure and safe is to Buy Online?


1)._ SECURITY:

The first issue that comes into my mind when talking about buying online is Security, as Hackers becoming more and more skilled, people tend to ask themselves: Is this online shoe store secure to give all my personal details? How can I be sure that my personal data would not be stolen? (I bet you ask this kind of questions a few times during a purchase.)

A lot of online stores have strived hard to put good security measures in place to assure their consumers that they would be trying to do their best in preventing frauds from happening. However, they still do give out a reminder that not all incidents can be prevented.

How to be more confident about buying online?

There are several companies nowadays that focused on delivering security standards for merchants all over the internet. When buying shoes online look for this “security marks”.

2)._ FRAUDS:

Second but not least important than the first one are online frauds. Credit Card frauds are one of the most common online frauds. Everytime you use your credit card for an online purchase, you run the risk of credit card fraud. However this kind of risks can be reduced when looking for certain “trust marks”. To identify a secure site look for “trust mark” validation. There are organizations offering consumers certain guarantees that member shoe stores are operating responsibly and securely.
Sites that register with trust mark organizations need to follow guidelines regarding their customer service, which shows that a trust mark is not given to a company that doesn’t follow certain regulations.

Compliant Shoe Stores:

BuyAndWalk.com
OnlineShoes.com
Shoes.com
Payless.com

3)._ HIDDEN COST:

There may be some “surprises” which may take place. Hidden cost is one of them, like unexpected delivery charges or a product that isn’t exactly what you had in mind.
That is why you need to read CAREFULLY what you’re buying and the conditions of your purchase. Usually online stores provide a link to their Shipping and cost policies, so before you made up your mind about what you are going to buy, you should look for those kind of policies.


4)._ PHISHING:

DEF: Phishing is an attempt to criminally and fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
Phishing is typically carried out by email or instant messaging and often directs users to enter details at a website. (I have ton of proves on my email accounts)


SAFETY GUIDELINES:

Shopping online is safe if you use your common sense and always check the terms and conditions of offers. Tips when when buying shoes online:

  • Ensure the web site provides a street address, e-mail contact details and telephone number.
  • All payment cards – credit, debit and pre-pay – will protect you in terms of the payment itself, and credit cards also offer you additional protection in the case of a disputed transaction.
  • Only trade with companies that have an encryption certificate and use secure transaction technology.
  • During checkout, look at the toolbar site address a change from http:// to https:// which indicate that the communication between you and the retailer is encrypted and therefore confidential.
  • Always check your credit card statement carefully. You have at least 90 days to report any transaction you are not happy with.
  • Look for the “ICONS” mentioned before on our post in the Homepage of the site you are dealing with.