Shoe Shopping In The UK
So you want to buy shoes and you live in the UK? What are your options and where can you get the best deals? We investigate and present our findings.
When it comes to options, let's talk about the obvious division between online and offline (traditional) shopping. Some people would suggest that it's always best to shop online, although that's not always the case.
There are some clear advantages to using high street stores - especially if you live close to them. In this situation, you'll have the opportunity to pick up a pair of shoes at extremely short notice. You'll also be able to see them "in the flesh" and try them on there and then.
But there are clearly disadvantages too. The one that most people would suggest would be that of price. Do high street shoe shops in the UK offer worse value for money? Not always, but it is true to say that it's very difficult to compare prices if you prefer to shop in these physical stores.
With less price comparison, you'll find that there is reduced price transparency. That means that you may struggle to see whether or not you really are getting a very good deal.
How about when it comes to choice? If you're looking for hard to find footwear, including fly flots, then you may not be able to find them easily in a local store. This is where internet shopping can be particularly useful, allowing you to gain access to a wider range of options.
If you don't live anywhere near a "local" shoe shop then internet shopping suddenly has the added advantage of convenience too. That's why many people are now shopping online, but you need to think about your own requirements.