My Shoe-Shopping Struggles Have Come to an End
I know, women are supposed to love shopping for shoes. But I don’t.
In fact, I hate it.
For me, shoe shopping is usually a disappointing and exhausting ordeal. It’s a struggle to find shoes in my size at all, let alone ones that look good, fit, and are affordable. I wear a size 10 medium, but it appears most stores believe that everyone wears a 7 or an 8, or else 10 wides. Sure, they put a few token shoes out there in other sizes and widths, but the selections are terrible.
I can easily spend an entire weekend looking at hundreds of shoes, and barely even find any to try on. God forbid I look for a shoe that, oh, I don’t know, matches something I already own. Or that’s in stock, or that fits…
I’ve whined about this before, and people suggested I try looking for shoes at Zappos.com. For some reason I resisted giving them a try, but boy am I glad I finally did.
First, they have free shipping both ways. Free! That took care of my reluctance to order anything I have to wear over the internet. (Because I usually have to send things back. I hate paying to try stuff on.) Second, they have an enormous selection, and you can search for shoes by size, color, style, brand, price, and width. (You can search by heel height too for women’s shoes, which is perfect for me because I can only wear shoes with low heels.)
So if you have a brand that’s worked well for you in the past, you can search on that and narrow it down by everything that’s available in your size. I found tons of shoes that interested me; for once the difficulty was choosing which ones I wanted to try on! I ordered two pairs (because I was afraid I’d like them all if I ordered more.)
They arrived, and both of them fit and looked good. It was like a miracle. One pair looked better with what I intended to wear them with, so I kept that one and sent the other pair back.
I was a little leery of the return process before I gave it a shot, but it turned out to be easy. There was even a notice saying that I could return unworn shoes for up to a year. I just printed off the label online, plopped the pair I didn’t want back in the shipping box, and dropped it off at the nearby UPS store. It was super simple.
I am now a total fan of Zappos.com. (And yes, those links are affiliate links.) They’re not paying me to rave about them like this — I’m just super excited about finally finding a place I can get shoes from. Seriously. I’m not even going to bother looking for shoes at brick-and-mortar stores any longer. And if Zappos ever goes public, they’re on my list of stocks to buy for sure.