Shoes! cheap or expensive, tips to shop online

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Carefully choose your shoes, cheap or expensive?

Coming from a generation whose parents had more than three children buying shoes was always a dilemma. Our parents had to think hard, deciding for cheap, expensive, leather, or synthetic, where to buy shoes that last and are healthy for our feet. Not any shoe will do. Going to the doctor for a damaged hip or broken ankle is more expensive than getting good shoes. I learned from my parents.

Shoes cheap or expensive is the question we want to ask ourselves. Top shoe brands and prices do not necessarily guarantee quality and fit. Knowing the health of your feet, the exact size, especially the way you walk, will determine what type of shoes you will get and how much money you are willing to spend.

Also, keep in mind! Your lifestyle as in the latest fashion shoe trends, is that important to you? How many shoes do you need? The more explicit you are, the better informed you should be. The makeup of a shoe, as to comfort, support, and flexibility, is the key to successfully buying the right pump for the right price online. The idea here is don’t go cheap on your feet, because the health damage will cost more.

Due to the pandemic, we are venturing into the world of shopping for shoes online, a reason more to have a basic idea of what we need, want, and how to shop online safely. The first step is to get better informed about the products we buy and from whom. I have to admit that buying shoes online is not an easy task because of many reasons like the different sizes for different countries and because we cannot physically try the boots on. Nevertheless! There are ways to buy suitable shoes that fit are comfortable, affordable, and trendy. Many companies are catering to online shopping, offering the best customer service.

There are a few steps we can take to help us find the right shoe online. Here is how: Let’s consider the makeup of a shoe. Material: Leather, Plastic P.U., or Suede.

shoe material symbols breakdown

Leather:

The quality of the leather depends on its soft-ness and thickness. Leather is sensitive to water and the sun. It is breathable, soft, and flexible. Leather adjusts to the shape of your foot, which makes it more comfortable. The longer you wear the shoe, the more it will adapt to your feet and give you the feeling of not wearing any shoes. Preparing leather to manufacture shoes is a complicated procedure, that is why leather shoes are more expensive but longer-lasting.

TIP: Not all leather is of good quality. Thin leather that is well prepared and appropriately tanned is of high quality, a scratch on the leather can be mended easily by applying a transparent shoe cream. Cheap leather is thicker, and the fabric is only surface colored. To know good quality leather shoes, the material listed on the label symbol is detailed.

Suede (full-grain):

Swade is a flat leather made from under the layer of the skin, which is softer. And because it’s not as tight as the upper skin, it’s not as durable. Swade-leather is sensitive to absorbing dirt and liquid; that’s why special care should be taken to maintain it. Suede leather is from lamb, goat, or dear. Due to its soft-ness, suede leather is used for manufacturing bags, gloves, jackets, and other accessories.

Plastic PU:

A lot of shoes are made of plastic. It is cheaper for production. It is more durable than leather but less environmentally friendly, not breathable, sensitive to the sun, and weather, which causes it to lose shape and color. Plastic is durable but put necessarily for its beauty. The older plastic gets, the more it losses its beauty.

Suede (brushed):

It is an alternative to suede leather. The material made of silk, cotton, or other materials is brushed or sanded down to resemble suede leather. The fabric is more durable and less sensitive to liquid and dirt. Fake suede is thicker and very liked by vegan and animal-friendly customers.

Plastic (P.U.):

Most shoes are made of plastic. It is cheaper to manufacture. Vinyl is more durable but U.V. sensitive; therefore, it can lose color. It’s not biodegradable and environmentally unfriendly. Shoes made of P.U. are not breathable and, therefore, not suitable for people with sweaty feet or who have hot feet and sensitive skin.

Shoe construction:

Outside and inside a shoe: The upper and lower part of the shoe is either sewen or clued. Both methods are right if done well. Either way, the paint between the upper and lower part of the shoe should be very well done and not noticeable.

The Sole: If a sole is sewn, the yarn stitches should be waxed. Waxed stitches are more durable and better quality. If glued, the work has to be clean around the area of glue, and there is no visible glue anywhere. All edges should be flowless.

Leather sole vs. synthetic or rubber sole: some shoes have a leather sole and some a rubber or synthetic. A leather sole is sensitive and will scratch off in time. It is advisable to have a rubber sole place underneath for protection. Leather shoes with rubber soles are very comfortable and healthy. A shoemaker can do that, which is not very expensive. A Rubber Sole is durable and more convenient to walk on. Synthetic soles are not sustainable; they rub off and lose shape, which is very unhealthy for our feet.

 

Heels: We like to wear heels, and they give a beautiful shape to our feet and legs, but they can be very damaging and harmful. When buying heels, we should beware of the makeup of the shoe. Shoes with a heel that are designed to support the whole foot are healthier. They should be lightweight, have comfortable insoles for soft cushioning, pads at the front for the pressure, and rubber under the heel for enjoyable walking. The heel should be placed right under our heel-bone to provide stability. As for platform heels which are made of

 

 

 

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Eight practical ways to buy shoes online:

  1. Before looking at the price, read about the shoe, and compare it with other models on the label site.
  2. Have an idea of what you want: athletic, boot, dress and casual, unisex, dance, or orthopedic shoes.
  3. Know the size of your foot, both locally and internationally.
  4. Measure your food after a long day of walking, to make sure you have the right size.
  5. Online shoe labels that have a good return policy.
  6. National and international shipping (import taxes in your country).
  7. Select a company that has a good reputation and read reviews of the company.
  8. Read the labels (symbols) on or about the shoe.

Do you know what to call your shoes? Shoe types have a name. It is easier to find a particular shoe if we can name the brand. Check out the shoe encyclopedia click here.

 

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Conclusion:

Like I have mentioned in my article, shopping for shoes online can be a challenge, but it does not need to be. Taking our time to read about what the product is made of, signing up for the newsletter to receive brand sales deals, and being prepared will help us enjoy our shopping experience online and get quality shoes for the right price. So! Carefully choose your shoes cheap or expensive, leather or suede, enjoy shopping. I hope my tips for shopping for shoes online have been helpful. Please leave a comment, and if you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them.

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10 thoughts on “Shoes! cheap or expensive, tips to shop online

  1. Your article was very informative. I liked the way you described the different shoe materials that they are made from. I have only bought shoes online once and was well pleased with them. What are some of the harmful effects to your body from wearing heels. I personally cannot wear heels due to back problems. Some of the styles today are not to my liking. I prefer just a basic flat dress shoe or a casual loafer or tennis shoe. How do you find out your international shoe size? I know many shoes are sized that way now.

    1. Hello! Thank you for your comment. To your question on heels! wearing heels too often can cause ingrown toenails caused by the foot constantly being pressed to the front. Pain on the front part of the foot and back ball of the foot caused by pressure. Wearing heels too often can also lead to the shortening of the back muscle of the foot making a person walk on tiptoes even when they are not wearing heels. 

      It is understandable that a lot of women do want to wear heels on special occasions and maybe it is a part of their job, in this case it is very important to get quality shoes with heels. I personally wear heels for special events. There are many kinds of heels, my favorite is the platform heels made of rubber of the 70s which offers stability and comfort. 

      international shoe size like on this cart is helpful https://www.pinterest.de/pin/39969515430945462/. Countries like Italy, Spain, and Asian can evade from the US, and Canadian sizes. Check the review of the site from which you want to purchase, people usually write about sizes.

      thank you, stay safe, and have a good day.

  2. Hello there, thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful piece of information here with us. I must say i really did enjoyed going through your article as it contains detailed information’s one needs to hold on to before shopping only as these tips would really help a lot. Thanks for sharing this

    1. Hi! thank you for your comment. Yes! online shopping is tricky but fascinating, I try helping people get well informed in order to enjoy the experience. If you have any question please ask. Stay safe and have a good day.

  3. Hello dear, wow what wonderful content you have here, u was actually doing some research online when I saw your post, I must say these review has been nice and helpful, I really wished I saw it sooner though, but after going through your review I believe I now know the right thing to do, thanks for the info, I’ll surely do some recommendations

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, it showed me that I did the right thing and my research was worth the long hours. Please do not hesitate to ask me if you need help with your purchase now that I have educated myself in shoes lol. Stay safe and have a good day

  4. Hello there, This is an amazing article that you have got here. I enjoy going through this article here on your website. Yes, it is important to shop for shoes that are comfortable with you feet and how you walk to avoid health damage. However, due to financial constraints people tend to look for cheap shoes in order to save money and cut off expenses.

    1. Hi! thank you very much for reading my article. I thought about that too and I agree that due to financial circumstances most people would search for cheaper shoes I used to do that too until I got ankle problems. My personal experience and observation buying cheap shoes (unhealthy for the feet) are more expensive in the long run because they only last a few months whereas good quality shoes (healthy for our feet) last up to 2 years max if maintained properly. So one can buy shoes for 20$ twice a year or buy a good shoe for 80$ every two years. My advice: one can have a few shoes but have at least one or two good shoes as well it really pays off like on sales and special offers. If you have any question on how to find good and affordable shoes please let me know.  Stay safe and thank you for your comment. Have a good day

  5. Hi lady, herzlichen Dank für die geteilten Anregungen zum online-shoe-shopping. Macht Spaß zu lesen und…. ein schöner Beitrag, dass Leute zufriedener mit ihrem virtuellen Einkauf sind, die Ent-täuschung geringer ausfällt (“Oh, das habe ich mir aber anders vorgestellt“ oder “Mist, passt nicht“). Reduziert die umweltbelastende Anzahl der Rückläufe! 😉 Und ja, sehr wichtig: Der Fokus auf die Füße – sollen sie uns doch mindestens 99 Jahre fröhlich durchs Leben tragen – über eine gute Schuhwahl. Gestehe: Ich kaufe immer noch eher ein im Laden, weil ich die Schuhe da gleich anprobieren kann. Der Artikel zeigt mir aber, wie ein passender Schuhkauf auch online gelingen kann.

    1. Hallo! Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch auf meiner Website und für Ihren Kommentar. Ich hatte bemerkt das in Zeiten der Pandemie viele (gerade die auf dem Land leben) das Online Shopping nutzen. Ich hoffe meine Tipps haben viele geholfen online und offline.

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