Tuesday, May 27, 2008

It's possible that I'm about to rock your world...

A post by a good friend reminded me how much I like, no, LOVE shopping online. I love doing it from the comfort of my home, sitting on the couch with my socked feet on the ottoman, watching tv in my pajamas with a steaming cup of tea in one hand without the crowded stores, parking lots, dressing rooms, never finding what I want in my size, standing in line at the checkout and rude or impossible to find store clerks (even though I have a special place in my heart for those who work retail). And even though I am crazy about the holidays (I honestly start to crave holiday music around July), and enjoy the cold and bustle of downtown shopping during that time of the year for the experience alone, I do NOT love shopping for Christmas presents among the crazed and panicked shoppers who MUST have this or that item and don't care who they have to trample or offend to get said item. So Erich and I do a great deal of online shopping and mostly through Amazon.com (most of our family and close friends have wish lists through this amazing website, so shopping for them is a breeze!)...that, and my dear, dear husband is slightly agoraphobic (by my diagnosis) and would rather chew off his left arm than go to the mall.

But, I digress.

Awhile ago I was doing some shopping online looking for shoes for my wedding (that's the excuse I use, but truthfully I just love shoes...I think I might actually have a problem) and stumbled quite by chance on an
amazing website. They only sell shoes (womens, mens and childrens) and handbags (oh, the handbags!), but it is the most comprehensive, user-friendly, reasonably-priced, magical website EVER!

First of all, they have


There is even a counter on the webpage that tells you how much time you have left in the day to put in your order to get your purchase the next day.

Secondly, if you're looking for something specific there are many different search options to narrow down your choices including style or category, specific brands, color family, size, width, heel height and price range. And you can select more than one option at a time (example, white pump in a size 8 1/2 or 9, with a heel height of no more than 1-1 3/4", 2A width, and preferrably by Steve Madden or Chinese Laundry and under $100). It couldn't be easier.

Thirdly, let's say you find a pair that you think look cute but want to get a better look at. Click on the picture and you will be whisked away to an area where you can see images of the shoes from every conceivable perspective...you can even scroll your mouse over the picture itself and see a close-up view of whatever area of that shoe (or handbag) your cursor is over. This is also the area of the website where you can select to add the item to your cart, save for later, email a picture (and information) of the item to yourself or others, or even have them email you should your size become available.

Fourth, let's say you get the shoes next day and they're the wrong size...


I believe they only do credit and not cash returns, but still...that's pretty freaking awesome!

So check it out and let me know what you think of the site. But if you're like me, you'll be in shoe and handbag heaven!!!


Scott and Lorie said...

oh crap.

Scott and Lorie said...

oh btw...i'm still looking.
thanks for that.

did you know they have baby sanuks? i've been looking EVERYWHERE for those....


Monique said...

.... so now that I've figured out this comment thing, nothing's gonna stop me. :)

yes, endless. I purchased 4 pairs of shoes for possible wedding shoes. I sent the three back that didn't work. Piece of Cake. Yay for easy shopping. Yay for endless shoes.

Paulette said...

I used to be so impatient with shopping online. Now....I am so hooked!! It makes me so happy....I am smiling right now! Thanks for the endless tip. I can't wait to scour the racks!

Steph Corwin said...

That is my by-far favorite shoe website! I just sort the pumps price: low to high and can usually find to die for shoes for like $30! Now this might kill you, but prior to about four months ago, their shipping used to be NEGATIVE $5. So each order you would get a five dollar discount. So anytime I ordered more than one pair of shoes, I would put them in separate orders and get tons of $$ knocked off. I really wish they would bring that back :) I also love piperlime.com (their sale sections), and zappos. Usually if I see a pair of shoes I like I check them against each of those websites to compare prices, or just enter the name into google and see what comes up

ah! this was so long.. that's what you get for getting me started on shoes! lol!

Mama2 said...

Shoes, shoes, beautiful shoes...they fit when we're fat and thin and in-between. You gotta love 'em. I love Zappos. I order in the afternoon and the next day they are on my doorstep. Amazing! Last time I ordered 5 pair and returned 3 of them. It was so easy that I felt like it was wrong.
I love your wedding picture. Love, Brenda the mama of the Bako kids.