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TTS is short for True To Size which, of course, doesnt guarantee a perfect fit! You, see in order to learn how to buy shoes online, youll have to know everything there is to know about this popular way to determine the right size. You see, when a shoe is true to size, that means its a standard fit for a standard foot. Our feet are, unfortunately, anything but standard meaning that a person with a wide foot should take the next half size or a full size up despite the fact that the shoe is true to size. A person with a very narrow foot should size down (if were talking about a M width or a DOrsay cut) or order a standard size (in case the shoe is Italian and therefore very narrow or made of a material that doesnt stretch).
2. Ask For insole Measurements
Measure the insole of your most comfortable shoes (from the heel to the tip of the toe), contact customer support and see if they could do the same with the shoes youre planning to buy. Most sites wont do this but give you a bunch of half-factual tips instead but hey, give it a shot. If youre shopping on ebay definitely ask the seller to measure the insole before you bid most of them will have no problem doing this and youll be able to bid with comfort, knowing that the shoes will fit you! Ive managed to buy many great shoes using this strategy and, since its my favorite tip on how to buy shoes online, I simply had to mention it!
3. Know Your Size
My Nine West shoes are marked 7 to 7,5 US which translates to European 37,5. The weird part is that my European size is 38,5, sometimes even 39 (Italian shoes even 40)! Now, can you even try to imagine what would happen if I decided to follow my gut while shoe-shopping online! LOL! Once you find a great deal (or a website offering wonderful shoes) save the item in your wish list, go straight to the nearest mall and try the brand in question.
4. Read Materials
When deciding on sizing up, down or purchasing your standard size, youll also need to pay attention on the material the shoes are made of. In fact, reading materials is one of the crucial skills you must obtain in order to be completely happy with the shoes youve bought online or offline. Patent leather wont stretch too much meaning that you shouldnt go for a snug fit. Satin stretches quite a bit, suede as well and if you settle for a loose fit, youll start losing your shoes like Cinderella. Canvas is sturdy and stretches just perfectly although you must pay attention not to get caught in the rain as this could ruin your beautiful shoes.
5. Dont Buy Used Shoes
Pre-loved bags are something you should definitely consider but, unfortunately, the same cant be said for pre-loved shoes. You see, each pair of shoes stretches according to the foot thats wearing it which means pre-loved shoes simply wont feel comfortable on your feet. Each person walks differently, too and if you compare your heel taps with your moms/sisters/BFFs heel taps youll notice that they are even worn out differently. The heel twists and bends a little bit, the leather stretches to fit a foot thats not yours and voila the shoe is personalized and therefore not yours!
6. Check The Returns/Exchanges Section
What happens if the shoe doesnt fit? Well, thats something youll need to take into account as well so the next of my tips on how to buy shoes online would be to read the return policy carefully before you rush to the check out! Most sites will send you a replacement give you your money back or return it as the store credit you can use for future purchases but the main question is whos covering the 2 extra shipping costs? You?
7. Be Careful
Shopping for designer shoes and even cheaper shoes nobody in the right mind would even think about counterfeiting (such as Vivienne Westwood + Melissa or even Miss Sixty shoes) could turn out to be a very disappointing experience because you wont only pay big bucks for a fake (yes, even the cheaper brands are being counterfeit nowadays) but, on top of it all, youll receive shoes that dont fit. Counterfeit shoes may look the same at first, but they certainly wont feel the same or fit the same. So, pay attention to every little detail, compare photos, make your purchases with trusted websites only, use all these wonderful tips on how to buy shoes online Ive mentioned above and youll be enjoying your shopping every time!