From the perspective of a young-schoolgirl who is utterly smitten with her crush du jour, I recently blogged about my all-time favorite brand of boots. And much to my surprise, I was overwhelmed with comments and emails asking me where to buy the boots and to buy shoes, in general.
You see, for those of us living with limb loss; the idea of shopping for shoes is a less-than-desirable event because looking for shoes that are both fabulous and functional is not easy. Prosthetic feet have pre-engineered features making them necessarily functional (i.e. proper heel heights) so that they most appropriately mimick a non-prosthetic gait. Love that. Need that. Wouldn’t want it any other way.
But when it comes to finding shoes, it’s not an easy task. Enter the convenience of e-shopping in which we can literally wander through an entire store, albeit it virtually, without ever setting a foot inside their door. And with competition growing amongst the online marketplace vendors, the consumer becomes the intended third-party beneficiary of their marketplace volleying techniques. Hello! Great sales, free shipping, and free returns? What’s not to love about that?
Wanna see what I’m talking about? Go to one of my fave on-line shops and get started. The beauty of each is that you can search through thousands of shoes with your search terms. For example, if I am looking for flats, I would search “flats”, “low heel height”, or “heel height less than 1 inch”. Then, if I am looking for dressy shoes, I would select the “evening” option and let the images begin.
From most of the images, you can look at different views of the shoes from the top, bottom, side, front, back and so it. And in the end, you have thousand of options to find the perfect shoe. Ready, set, shoe!