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4 Common Shoe Buying Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

You find the perfect pair of shoes online—they match your favorite outfits, they look comfortable, and they’re affordable. When your new shoes arrive in the mail you find they’re nothing like the pictures and you can’t return them. What went wrong? 

There are so many factors that need to be considered when buying shoes that it can be easy to overlook some of them. Don’t end up with a pair of unwearable shoes. Read about these common shoe buying mistakes and how to avoid them. 

1. Ignoring Reviews 

Online shopping for shoes can feel like a game of Russian roulette. The thumbnail looks great, the description is sound, but the product you receive in the mail is unwearable. What makes it even worse is it will cost you even more money to return your purchase.

If you want to avoid this hassle, read the reviews. Customer reviews offer viable insight into your potential purchase, talk about the reliability of the seller or customer service, note the quality, and warn about potential issues. 

2. Function vs. Fashion 

Buying shoes with big, flashy names just because they are on-trend isn’t always the best option if you also need functional, everyday footwear.  When you look into a pair of designer shoes, pay attention to the shape of the shoe (how narrow or wide it is), the quality, and comfort.

Expensive price tags can be misleading and make us think that something that is more pricey is higher-quality or will last longer. Some popular shoe brands are as functional as they are fashionable and don’t cut corners. Check out this post for how to wear sneakers in style and get advice for the best brands. 

3. Having One Pair for Everything 

You shouldn’t only have a few options for shoes to pick from for a bit of variety, but your feet need a break from the same pair. Shoes are built with a person’s foot in mind and have a cushion in specific places. Ceaseless wear of a single pair of shoes wears down this cushion, and they can’t support your feet as well.

You should switch between pairs of shoes and give a pair 24-hours to air out after you wear them. Different shoe styles, like flats, sneakers, boots, sandals, and so on, all focus on other parts of your feet and legs. If you deal with soreness after a long day, try putting on another type of shoe. 

4. Compare Prices and Shop During Sales 

If you’re looking for big-name brand shoes, check out outlet malls or “off-price” department stores like Marshalls. These stores sell designer brands for up to 60% off the regular retail price. That means you can get a pair of $1075 Jimmy Choo heels for less than $800.  

You can also search for flash sales, which are discounts offered for short periods of time. Some websites may require you to sign up for a newsletter or sell limited quantities, but you could find some great deals. 

Lastly, look into stores with customer rewards programs. Rewards programs offer loyal customers coupons or store credit for shopping there. If you time it out correctly, you could get a serious discount on a new pair of shoes. 

Avoid These Common Shoe Buying Mistakes 

Don’t end up with unwearable shoes shoved in the back of your closet. These shoe buying mistakes can be avoided if you pay attention to product reviews, quality, function, and price. So keep these tips in mind and get shopping!

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