Online Shoe Shopping: Things to Know

Why would you walk to the shops to buy shoes when you can do it from the comfort of your own living room? Not only can you repose in comfort, just chilling out on the sofa, but you can also find better deals. Online shoe shops have far fewer overheads than the real world shoe shops have, and for this reason, the online shops are able to sell identical shoes for less money, and still retain the same profit margin as a real world shop. Given this, online shoe shopping is makes the best sense.

Buying shoes online can be daunting, particularly if you are not used to online shopping, but it is relatively easy. Here, we guide you through the process of online shoe shopping:


The most important thing that you must remember when buying shoes online, is to choose the correct size. Unlike a real world shop, you have to enter the size manually. Our advice is to search for shoes in your size, rather than search for shoes and then see if they have your size. This will avoid disappointment. Choosing your size is easy because online shoe shops will allow you to select the size and they usually do not allow you to buy shoes unless you specify the size.

A problem with sizing that may occur is the standard of measurement. Some online retailers will use traditional English sizes, some will use US sizing, and some will use European sizing. In order to work out which is your shoe size in the style of shoes you have chosen (if it is a size that you do not recognise), then you must use a conversion table. Fortunately, most retailers, such as Mr Shoes (follow link below) will provide you with these tables, simply click on the ‘Size Guide’ tab and you will find a conversion table.


With so many shoes to choose from, it can be very tempting to buy more shoes than you want or than you can easily afford. So, before you start to shop, we suggest that you set yourself a budget and do not stray from this by more than 10%. If there are shoes that you love but they are beyond your budget then save up until you can afford them.

Budget is important because it is easy to over spend online.

Stay Safe

A big issue that deters people from making online purchases is the potential of fraud and identity theft. For this reason, it is important that you understand the features to look for to ensure you are shopping with a reliable site. Here are the key things to watch for:

1. Make sure that any pages that you enter personal information are secure. They should start with https rather than http, with the s standing for secure.
2. Make sure that the site offers secure payment methods. These include Google Checkout, PayPal, Visa Verify, and Sage Pay. These are third party payment processors with an established reputation.
3. Read review sites to check that other customers are happy with the service provided.