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The Smart Shopper's Guide to Online Shoe Shopping

By Rebecca Hayslip

We've all heard stories, rumors and even some urban legends about nightmarish experiences when shopping online, especially for shoes. Someone's credit card numbers were taken and used by a complete stranger, their bank account was drained, or even their total identity was stolen right out from under them. Although many of these stories are true or at least have some truth to them, there are a few things you should keep in mind while shopping online for shoes or anything else to help keep you and your privacy safe from would-be predators.

First things first: be sure that the site you are shopping for shoes on is a legitimate one. What we're trying to say is that there are a lot of fly-by-night operations out there that are in business for no other reason than to take your money and not deliver the promised merchandise. Such things to look for include:

 Be sure that the Verisign logo (or comparable alternative) is visible on the site. This will keep you and your credit card and/or other type of payment information safe from would-be thieves.

 A phone number that can be easily traced to a physical address.

 A physical address that their business operates out of, not a box number. A warehouse is fine, but a brick and mortar storefront location is even better. Not only will this help with the legitimate points of the operation, but real, live people will be able to assist you with questions, comments or concerns. For example, maybe one particular brand or style of shoe runs a bit smaller than an average shoe. A real person is able to tell you these types of things before you make your purchase and save you the hassle of a return.

Another thing that you should look for while shopping for shoes online is a good return policy. Not only will this add a warm feeling to your purchase, but also it will ease your personal tensions regarding your online shoe shopping experience.

Of course, an online shop that keeps your particular size in stock is always a plus. It would be quite depressing to spend your valuable time picking out the perfect pair of shoes only to find out that your size isn't in stock, and won't be for a few weeks.

Finally, you'll want to conduct your online shoe shopping with a shop that offers a wide variety of brands and styles. You may be shopping for one type of shoe today, but who really knows what type of path you'll be jogging down tomorrow- and you'll probably need the right shoes for that particular surface.
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Rebecca Hayslip recommends that you visit to shop for Merrell shoes.

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