We never have. Until now, that is!
As our regular readers know, we do a lot of hiking when we're traveling. That means we put a lot of miles on our hiking boots, and we don't only wear them for hiking. When we're traveling, we travel very light which usually means that we only have one other pair of footwear with us, and that's usually a pair of sandals.
Anyhow, my current pair of Merrell hiking boots are starting to look a little worn, and there's actually a split in the leather on one of them. The soles still have a few miles left on them. But we won't have much opportunity to shop for new ones before we get to Korea and I wanted a new pair by then.
We're totally sold on the Merrell brand for hiking boots. They're expensive, but with the miles we put on them this is where we feel it's better to have some quality. It's not all about price...it's about value.
So I started shopping online. Obviously a good place to start was Amazon, but unfortunately the Canadian version of Amazon doesn't have nearly the selection that is available on the U.S. version. And sometimes us Canadians can buy from the American Amazon website, but then we have to deal with exchange rates and shipping and possibly duty and border issues.
In keeping with our mantra of "never buy anything at full price", I found a pair on sale at www.canadianfootwear.com for $129. Regular $169, I think. For Canada, that's a pretty good price.
Merrell hiking boots are usually priced between $149 and $209 depending on the style.
Anyhow, it's free shipping in Canada and no provincial sales tax. So the tax is only 5% instead of 10%.
But, if they don't fit or there's any other problem, we have to pay the shipping to return them. That's the only hesitation I have with buying footwear (or clothing for that matter) online. My current pair of Merrell's are size 10.5 and I'm almost certain that my last pair were as well. So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Have you ever bought footwear online? Would you?
By the way, for Americans, the Amazon.com website has a huge selection of Merrell hiking boots available, and at some good prices. We would totally recommend them, and we have a LOT of hiking experience with that brand.
You can see the selection here... Merrell Hiking Boots
Oh, I spent the first hour this morning doing some more travel planning. We want to make it to Puerto Escondido this year to visit with the young Mexican family that we are friends with. This is the family you so generously supported last February when they needed some financial help.
Anyhow, Puerto Escondido is about 1,300 kms south east of Puerto Vallarta where the motorhome is and we don't really want to drive all that way. So I've been waiting for a flight deal. But Puerto Escondido just has a small airport and the only way to get there is from Mexico City. VivaAerobus has a sale on right now with flights from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido priced at about $75 each way per person. I haven't booked it yet, but I think I'm going to. This way, we only need to find a cheap one way flight from either Seattle, San Francisco, or Los Angeles to Mexico City and one of them is sure to come up.