Shopping for shoes online from Kenya? Read this guide.
Nothing beats the experience of shopping online from Kenya. However, when shopping for shoes online, the process is a little different and slightly more complicated, so it is essential that you prepare adequately for it.
Let’s face it; it is a lot trickier to shop for shoes online from Kenya. After all, when looking for a new pair, all you have to do is walk to the closest shopping mall near you or locate your favorite vendor to get a pair of shoes.
If you are tired of being seen in the same brands, color, or design of shoes as everybody else, however, which is what typically happens in Kenya, you are better off shopping for shoes online from trusted sellers such as Amazon, eBay, or Boohoo. Trusted vendors such as these typically have different designs of shoes from various manufacturers across the world which leaves those with narrow or wide feet with a great selection of options in their right sizes. Individuals that look for shoes online from Kenya also enjoy other benefits including access to shoes and sandals that can accommodate orthotics.
Sadly, there are also several disadvantages of shopping for shoes online. Despite the convenience and variety available when shopping for shoes online, a lot of people have had bad experiences when ordering shoes online. Some individuals order and wait anxiously for their shoes to arrive only to find that they do not fit once they are delivered. This may happen for a number of reasons including:
- The manufacturer that you selected may have different standards of sizing.
- The style of the shoe you purchased may be cut too narrowly.
- The shoes that you receive may be the same size and width that you typically wear, but the brand’s style may be off from what you are used to, which may account for the irregular fit.
Because of these drawbacks, most people prefer to buy try-on shoes, which is simply impossible to do when you are shopping online. In any case, always ensure that you communicate with your store or vendor of choice before you make any purchases.
The good news is that most reliable vendors are usually very realistic about the difficulty associated with finding the perfect cyber fit, so to speak. Therefore, many will offer exchanges so that you can order your shoes, try them on at home and send them back to get the correct size shoe at no extra charge.
How to find the correct size shoe when shopping for shoes online from Kenya
Nearly every website that sells shoes, both male, and female, includes a shoe size guide chart, which will serve as your guide. The process of finding the right shoe size starts with getting your measurements correctly or as accurately as you can to avoid disappointments later on.
The best way to get accurate measurements of your shoe size is to use a Brannock Device. Brannock devices are usually available in most brick and mortar stores that sell shoes. Therefore, if you want to ensure that you have the right size, you can visit a retailer that sells shoes to have your measurements taken by a professional. You can then use these measurements when shopping online for shoes, which will give you the peace of mind, needed to go about your shopping without worrying that the shoes will not fit once delivered.
On the other hand, if you do not want to go to a physical store to have your measurements taken, it is entirely possible to measure your feet at home using a long sheet of paper or two pieces of paper glued or stuck together, a pen and a ruler.
How to measure your feet using a ruler
You will need:
- A long sheet of paper
- A pencil or pen
- A ruler
Measure your feet in these basic steps:
Step down on the piece of paper and trace the outline of your foot once it is firmly rooted on the ground. If you have trouble placing your toes fully on the ground, ask a friend to help you press your foot down and trace it to get accurate readings.
Use the ruler to measure the length of your foot from the longest point of your big toe to the very edge of the heel. Note down this measurement.
Next, measure the length of your foot across the widest part, which is usually across the ball of the foot. Note down this measurement.
After this, compare the measurements you noted for the length of your feet to those listed on the shoe length chart to find a number that corresponds to your length.
Then, compare the measurements you noted for the width of your feet to those listed on the shoe width chart to find a letter or letters that correspond to your width.
In a nutshell;
Size 4: 8 3/16″ or 20.8 cm in length
Size 4.5: 8 5/16″ or 21.3 cm
Size 5: 8 11/16″ or 21.6 cm
Size 5.5: 8 13/16″ or 22.2 cm
Size 6: 9″ or 22.5 cm
Size 6.5: 9 3/16″ or 23 cm
Size 7: 9 5/16″ or 23.5 cm
Size 7.5: 9 1/2″ or 23.8 cm
Size 8: 9 11/16″ or 24.1 cm
Size 8.5: 9 13/16″ or 24.6 cm
Size 9: 10″ or 25.1 cm
Size 9.5: 10 3/16″ or 25.4 cm
Size 10: 10 5/16″ or 25.9 cm
Size 10.5: 10 1/2″ or 26.2 cm
Size 11: 10 11/16″ or 26.7 cm
Size 11.5: 10 13/16″ or 27.1 cm
Size 12: 11″ or 27.6 cm
When shopping for shoes online from Kenya, always remember to buy what is right for your feet, and not what is currently trending. Keeping this in mind is a decision and an investment that will pay for itself in more ways than you can imagine as it will help you avoid a costly mistake in the future.