I am constantly amazed that one would trust oneself to select the correct shoe size for a gift. Â Not to mention the fit and the style. It is perhaps easier for a man? Â I hesitate to buy my husband shoes. Â I try on at least 25 pairs myself before one fits comfortably. And I'm not talking low-end propositions.
Well actually all of my father's shoes are/were gifts. Â In his line of work he doesn't typically have the time to travel the 3+ hours to reach a more metropolitan area where they carry decent shoe brands and then further spend time trying on different pairs to find the one he prefers. Â If the time were available, he may possibly do that, but, that's not the case here. Â If it doesn't fit, or it isn't comfortable, it's always an easy option to just ship back and return (which has happened a few times in the past, though, generally, he is content with the pairs he receives). Also, he's fairly easy to shop for. He's very conservative and goes for plainer, more classic styles. The majority of his wardrobe consists of gifts or purchases either my mother or I have purchased for him online. Of course, this wasn't always the case, but it has been since he moved a few years ago. By the way, I'm actually also a female, and I do 95% of my shopping online. Â It's a matter of location, time, and preference. Â Also a matter of researching the fit/sizing of how a particular brand or style runs (whether it's shoes or clothing). Â I make about 10-15, sometimes more, purchases a month, and I've had to return about 5% of all my online purchases throughout the years due to ill fit. Â