How to Order Shoes from Amazon.com
Shopping for shoes at Amazon.com can be a little complicated
the shoes are sold and shipped not only by Amazon itself, but also by
hundreds of other companies who act as subcontractors to Amazon. Each
company has its own methods, policies, procedures, pricing, shipping terms
and conditions, and shipping cost. Some shoes might have free two-day
shipping (within the USA), others might have a shipping charge as much as
$30 and take a month to arrive because they come from all the way from
China! Most others are in between, with a shipping charge of $5-$10 and a
shipping time of 5-10 days. The only way to find out is to go through steps
of the ordering process. If the shipping is too expensive or too slow, you
can stop before completing the order. If the shoe doesn't ship to your
country at all, you can use a package
In this page I show you how to search for and order shoes at
Amazon.com. For general information about ordering onine, especially
internationally, please see this page and this one; if you're not
familiar with ordering online please consult these pages.
Amazon.com has something like 200 thousand different women's shoes
for sale. The overwhelming majority of them, in my opinion, are ugly (the
same is true of any other place that sells shoes). But among them there are
some gems. Part of the service I provide is to look for those few gems
among the tens of thousands of ugly or ordinary shoes, which takes a lot of
time and patience, to save you the trouble.
If you are looking elegant, classic high heeled pumps, sandals, or
boots, with straps or without, I suggest that you look in these pages
first instead of going straight to Amazon, because this way you
won't be overwhelmed with flats, flip-flops, motorcycle boots, and other
irrelevant styles. When you see a shoe you like in one of these pages, just
click on the image to go to the product page where you can see the price,
the available sizes and colors, and other details, and order it if you wish.
How to order a
specific shoe from Amazon.com
For other views of the shoe, after choosing the color, you can pass the
mouse over the little images under the big image. To enlarge the big image,
you can pass the mouse over it, or click on it.
... Choose the color.
In this case the shoe is available in Black and in White.
Step #1... Visit my page shoes-en.html, choose a
shoe that you like, and click on it. If the shoe is sold out, you will come
to a page that says either “Currently
unavailable” or “Looking for something?” (click here for more information about sold-out
Step #2... You come to the product page for the shoe
(click to enlarge). In this case you can see there are different colors
and different prices.
||If you hover the mouse over the the little box, the color is written
above. Click on the image of the shoe in the desired color to indicate
that you want that color.
If the shoe is available in more than one size, you have click the word
“Select” (or the little triangle next to it) and then
click the desired size. The sizes are usually shown in the North American
system. If you live in the UK, Europe, Latin America, or elsewhere you can
click on the words “Sizing info” next to the
“Select” box, or you can click on the conversion table that I have on my
Remember, you have to
choose the color (if there is more than one) and the size
before you can order the shoe.
“Add to cart”.
Having selected and color and size, now you can see the final price, in this
USD $129.99. To convert to another currency
“In Stock” means the shoe is available in the color
and size you have indicated. To buy the shoe, click on the yellow
“Add to Cart” button.
(Amazon will not let you order a shoe in a color and/or size that is not
From here on, the steps for paying and arranging shipment are the
same as for any other product.
How to search for
shoes in Amazon.com
In this section I explain how to search for shoes at Amazon.com if you are
looking for something that I don't have in my collections.
Step #1... Click here
to go straight to the Amazon's department of women's shoes.
In the menu on the left under
“Browse” click in the desired category, for example
“Pumps” o “Boots”.
Since this site specializes in high heels, those are the most
appropriate categories. In this example, we choose Sandals; the other
categories work the same way.
Step #3... Now you come to the main Women's Sandals page. On
this occasion we there are more than 32 thousand different
sandals for sale. These are presented 48 per page. You have scroll down to
the bottom of the page where it says “Next” to see the
next 48, and so on. But that will take all day! To narrow the search,
there's a menu on the left where you can specify a particular style, size,
width, and/or color.
Here you click on the desired “Shoe Shape”, the desired
width (note: most women's sandals do not come in widths so this is usually
not necessary), and the color. For example, suppose you wear a shoe size 34
(European system) and want to look for some high heels in that size. First
you have to convert to the North American system using this table. In this case, the North
American size is 4, therefore you would click on the button
“4” below “Shoe Size”. Now you have
about 900 choices instead of 32,000. Then, since you want a high heel, you
click on one of the “Shoe Shape” buttons that shows a
And now you have a reasonable number of choices to look over.
There are other search criteria too. In the menu on the left, if you scroll
down after Color, you can search by Brand, Average Customer Review (stars),
Price, etc, and you can combine the criteria; for example, so search for
sandals by (say) Betsey Johnson: under
“Brand", click on
“See more...”, then on the letter B, then on
Another useful tool when you see a shoe that you like, and under the image
it says “See Visually Similar Items” — if you click
on that phrase, will will see a lot of shoes of the same style. In the
upper left corner of the new display, under where it says
“Emphasize”, you can click on “Color” to see only
shoes in the same color, or “Shape” to see shoes of the same
shape in every available color.
If you see a shoe you want to order, simply follow the steps given
above in the first section of this page, starting
with Step #3.