Dear Budget Fashionista:
My question is – I live in a small town in Ontario, Canada and my shopping is limited. I started doing more online shopping because my shopping time is restricted as I work two jobs and when I do get the chance to shop, I have to travel 2 hours to Toronto. I’ve always dreamed of purchasing a pair of either Jimmy Choo or Christian Louboutin boots, but I’m not wealthy. There are so many sites to order from – can you recommend any trusted ones (I don’t know if I can trust eBay even though some of them look authentic!
How to Get Designer Boots Online
If you want them on at a discount and authentic, then Bluefly.com(ships to Canada) is your best bet. However, Bluefly.com can sometimes be as expensive as shopping online at NeimanMarcus.com (ships internationally by calling 1.888.888.4757). In fact, you can sometimes find designer shoes for LESS online at high end stores like NeimanMarcus if you hit them during a major sale event (check the sites in mid to late January). You can also try YOOX.COM (ships EVERYWHERE), which carries true Haute Couture (high fashion) versions of the high end designers like Jimmy and Manolo. These stores won’t be cheap, but you may be able to find a good deal on the boots.
eBay is an option, but unfortunately, most of the designer things you see on eBay are fake… that’s the sad part of the whole system. However, eBay is one of the few sites (STILL) that reliably ships to Canada and, if you’re lucky, just might score a great deal.
Here’s some of my tips for shopping eBay:
- If it’s too good to be true, it is—look out for deals that seem too good to be true. You can’t purchase a pair of brand new real Jimmy Choo leather boots for $25. Not going to happen.
- Check shipping—Many auctioneers make up for the low auction price by charging ridiculous shipping rates. Go to usps.gov to figure out how much shipping costs to your part of Canada.
- Don’t be fooled by the pretty pictures—Avoid auctions with pictures that look like they were lifted right off Saks.com and focus more on the auctions that look like they were taken by someone with a digital camera inside their own closet. Yes, that means the items may have been used, but you just might find a deal from someone who either received the item as a gift and didn’t like it, someone who is moving or who is trying to raise a bit of extra dough.