Uggs Stores: Shoebuy
Advertised as "the world's largest site for shoes," Shoebuy.com does offer a huge inventory -- including a nice variety of sheepskin footwear. While you won't find any Ugg Australia
products here, you'll find all kinds of sheepskin variations, from flip-flops to full-fledged sheepskin leather boots and semi-formal shoes -- some from brands with greater name recognition than even Ugg Australia
The ShoeBuy.com site is a masterpiece of plain, simple design. Every page, no matter where you go, has the same header, including Customer Service and Savings links, shopping cart access, the benefits to buying from ShoeBuy (including free shipping both ways, no sales tax, and a 110% price guarantee) and a Search section. You can search by brand, size, width, or product name with the greatest of ease. Other footwear sites could learn from ShoeBuy's design.
Available Brands and Styles
A surprising number of sheepskin footwear styles, made by several manufacturers, is available through ShoeBuy.com -- and it's easy to find them. Just type "sheepskin" into the search box and hit Enter. You'll get dozens of results, from striking boots by Koolaburra
and Steger Mukluks on through Florsheim's classic Como Ornament (made form sheepskin leather) to most of Minnetonka Moccasins
' line and dozens of different sheepskin slippers, made by manufacturers as diverse as Lamo, Minnetonka
, Trask, Stakeekum, Koolaburra
, and more. Minnetonka's Sheepskin Ankle Boot and Pug Boot are especially striking, as are Koolaburra's Women's Sierra and Excalibur Tall models.
If you've ordered ugg boots from an organized online merchant before, you've basically ordered from ShoeBuy.com. You select the item you want by clicking on the image, which takes you to a product-specific order page. This page includes a brief description of product, an option to view customer reviews of that product if they exist (they didn't for the Koolaburra Excalibur Tall), and a variety of other useful info. Select size, width, and color from handy dropdown menus, then click "Add to Cart," and away you go to your shopping cart page, where you can click one button to continue shopping or another to go to checkout. It's easy to remove items from the shopping cart, and you can even change your footwear's size and color. If you decide to check out, you'll be prompted to register and create an account. There's a separate option for Canadian checkout, and you can even email your shopping cart to someone as a subtle hint about what you want for Christmas.
Payment Options & Gift Cards
ShoeBuy.com accepts a wide range of credit cards, including Diner's Club and JCB, which aren't widely accepted on the Web. They even take payments by PayPal and Western Union. You can purchase by money order or check, but you have to call the order in. Gift certificates are limited to the email variety at the moment. They're easy to buy -- it's as simple as filling out a few lines of info and adding it to the shopping cart -- and can be sent by email.
ShoeBuy.com sends domestic orders to anywhere in the U.S. or its territories for free by standard mail, and they don't charge sales tax. This even includes FPO/APO addresses. Expedited shipping is available in One, Two, and Three Day varieties from UPS for a flat fee, but you'll have to contact Customer Service to find out what that fee is. Shipping is available to Canada as well. Otherwise, if you want your sheepskin footwear shipped internationally, you'll have to make arrangements with an international mail forwarder. ShoeBuy.com has a special deal with Access USA, which can easily be accessed from their Shipping Policies webpage.
If you're unhappy in any way with your footwear, you can send it back at no cost to you, and your purchase price will be credited to the credit card used to make the purchase -- as long as you make the return within 60 days. They'll provide a pre-paid UPS label for the return, and ask only that the items are clean and unworn. Canadian returns are a bit more complex, and no free shipping is available.
ShoeBuy.com puts a lot of effort into their customer service webpages: they're quite thorough, and everything is efficiently spelled out. It's easy to access the Customer Service contact info (both phone and email) on the main Customer Service page. One of their more interesting offers is their 110% Price Policy, whereby if you find something you want on another site cheaper than you can get the exact same item on ShoeBuy.com, they'll refund you 110% of the difference if you provide the relevant information and go ahead and buy at Shoebuy. Sorry, guys, auction sites like Ebay don't count.