Just puttin’ this out there, is all:
Is Zappos the greatest online shoe store in the known universe, or what?
I’ve used them before, primarily because I have what one could lovingly call Jesus feet (that is, they’re wide enough for walking on water, not that they have nail holes in them or anything, because – well – shoes would be the least of my problems then). I suppose they’re not terribly wide, just an EE / XW, but for reasons unknown the brick-and-mortar retail shoe gods have seen fit to stock the shelves with nothing but medium.
For years, I just bought a size up, curing the width problem but – with one specific purchase, after a few weeks of wear – creating a funny clown shoe effect as one shoe would sort of slap back to the ground with each step.
*Stomp, slap, stomp, slap, stomp, slap*
Is it the soundtrack to a snuff film? Nope. Just Andy walkin’ down the hall.
Then I discovered Zappos. Shoes. Wide shoes. Affordable wide shoes. Lots of them. Even some rather nifty-looking ones at that.
My latest experience with Zappos was the best by far. I placed an order for two pairs of shoes one afternoon and – with no extra charge for shipping – they appeared on my doorstep the next morning. Hooray for magic shoe fairies!**
Alas, one of the pairs did not fit well, so I went online last night and, using the Zappos easy return policy, printed out postage-paid UPS labels to return the shoes the next day. Right after I submitted the return request online, I ordered a different pair of shoes to replace the ones I was sending back.
Lo and behold, hooray once again for magic shoe fairies***, a box was on my doorstep by midday today, bearing within its awaited podiatric prizes.
So, uh, what I really wanted to say is: Zappos is cool and stuff.
* But even if it were, what of it? Huh? We’re a very tolerant blog, see.
** Not any sort of gay reference.
*** Not this time either.