Just a few years ago, buying shoes meant a trip to the store, and trying on multiple pairs of shoes before narrowing down your choice. Of course this also meant changing out of your pyjamas, getting in the car, finding a carpark, dealing with crowds and lines, and then dodging traffic on the way home.

    However the internet has now revolutionised the way we buy shoes, and we can now do all of our shopping from the comfort of our own homes, or on a mobile phone, at any time of the day.

    Before you jump online and start shopping up a storm, there are a few things you should know:meter-512181_1280Take some measurements

    Shoe sizes are often different between manufacturers, styles, and countries, so the best idea is to take your own measurements and then compare them to each size. Trace an outline of both of your feet (it’s common to have up to half a size of difference between feet), and then measure from the top of your foot to the bottom, as well s the widest part of your foot.

    These measurements will allow you to use the chart that most online shoe websites provide to help you figure out which size you should buy. This will also help you save money and time as you won’t need to pay for extra shipping or take time to return shoes which don’t fit.

    Make a list

    Once you get online it can be easy to fall down the rabbit hole and get distracted. You may find yourself buying three pairs of heels, when what you really needed was some new shoes for the gym. Make a list of exactly what you need and keep it beside your computer or phone so you don’t spend money on shoes you don’t need.sandals-587185_1280Figure out the shipping charges

    Online shoes are a great option, and you can usually find some bargains which you won’t find in stores. However before you add a bunch of shoes to your cart, figure out what the shipping charges are. If the shipping charges are too high, you may end up paying much  more than you anticipated, and it may not even be cheaper to buy your shoes online. Just search and you can find different stores like Tesco and then you can compare prices.

    Buy off-season

    This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, and buy buying shoes at the end of a season you’ll be able to save money, and have shoes ready for net year. Be careful not to wait too long though, or you may miss out on the size or style you were looking for.

    Purchase classic styles

    If you’re hoping to save money by buying shoes which will last a long time, be sure to look for classic styles, which will work with plenty of outfits, regardless of how fashion changes. A pair of plain but elegant black heels or boots will last for years, and you may be able to afford to spend a little more on designer shoes if you know you’ll be wearing them for years to come.