Top online shoe stores

Oct 27, 2008 at 2:42 a.m. ET

Years ago, it was unheard of to shop for shoes online. Nowadays, it's almost the norm. You don't need to face the crowd at the mall to find the perfect pair of shoes. For a wide selection shoes at terrific prices, online shoe stores are a convenient way to shop. Here are our favorite online shoe stores.



Maybe the most well known of the online shoe shops, Zappos offers a vast selection of shoes from top brands as well as some lesser known companies. You can always find great deals on shoes, plus an array of handbags, accessories and other items.

A newcomer on the online shoe scene in recent years, is a favorite because of their navigation system and huge images. You can sort shoes by brand, color, size and more. The pictures are so big that you can see every last detail and they always offer free second day shipping and returns.

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Endless has a wide variety of shoes and boots from women, men and kids. They also have terrific handbags and other accessories. Pay close attention to their sales and clearance section, which offers some fantastic bargains. Endless features sizes 4-20 in widths 4A-4E, so you'll be sure to find your size.

The easiest name to remember, has a great sales and a vast selection of thousands of pairs of shoes. In addition to shoes, they offer handbags and other accessories. They also have free UPS Ground shipping on all purchases, plus free returns.


You may shop regularly at DSW retail stores, but did you know they actually have a website too? has fabulous discounts and clearances. They offer free shipping with $25 purchase using promo code RSHOSHP.

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Tips for shopping for shoes online

Though it's hassle-free to shop for shoes online, many women still hesitate. To assure you get the best shopping experience, only shop from well-known, reputable sites. Here are a few tips to make your online shoe shopping experience easier.

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Sort by size first

If the website allows you to sort by size, do this before anything else. This will save you the trouble of wading through hundreds of shoes online to find the perfect pumps and then find out they aren't available in your size.

Know the return policy

Read the details of the return policy carefully. Do you have to pay for shipping on returns? Do you have a limited time frame to make returns? Can you return shoes that are on sale?

Consider the shipping costs

Many websites offer free or low cost shipping but some don't. If the shipping cost is expensive, you could probably find a better deal at your local store.

Read the details

This is simple advice but you should take it to heart. If you don't want to be disappointed in your new shoes, read the details. Many online shoe stores feature customer feedback that will tell you if the shoes fit small, look a different color in person and other important information.

Use your credit card

Under the Fair Credit Billing Act, you can get a refund from your credit card company even if the store won't offer you a refund. Instead of using your bank debit card, use a credit card to make purchases online. In order to avoid racking up interest charges, send a payment to your credit card company the same day that you order your shoes.

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