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Legitimacy of online sneaker stores

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Legitimacy of online sneaker stores

There are literally thousands of small e-commerce stores that exist.
Most have no physical bricks and mortar location.
It’s difficult to pull the trigger when I don’t know if they’re real or a scam.
Are there hints, clues or ways to determine whether an online store is legit?
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Buy from the big brands> footlocker, adidas, Nike, sportshceck Browns etc etc.
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sponge5307 wrote: Buy from the big brands> footlocker, adidas, Nike, sportshceck Browns etc etc.
Of course, that the obvious. But the selection from those retailers is really lame. Many of the shops I'm referring to seem to be based out of the UK and Europe. They have items we would never get here in Canada.
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Which ones?
If you list them here I'm sure some RFDer will give some feedback about the legitimacy.
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blindemboss wrote: Of course, that the obvious. But the selection from those retailers is really lame. Many of the shops I'm referring to seem to be based out of the UK and Europe. They have items we would never get here in Canada.
I've bought from End Clothing and Hanon before. Just keep in mind that buying from Europe can have much higher shipping fees with the added taxes, duty and brokerage. Farfetch is a resale sneaker (and clothing) shop in Europe. I like this site because shipping is reasonable at $20 and they put the duties and taxes into the price of the sneakers. So the final price is the final price... but they tend to be expensive as they are a reseller. So if a sneaker goes up in value (like many do), then the price tag can be quite high. But great if there's a sneaker you want that is a Europe exclusive and doesn't drive much hype like the Reebok DMX Trail Shadows, they can be had for a decent price.

What are you looking for? Canada will typically get nearly everything that other countries get... it's just a serious lack of supply. For more limited or hyped releases, you should be looking at sneaker boutiques and skate shops.
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joeyjoejoe wrote: I've bought from End Clothing and Hanon before. Just keep in mind that buying from Europe can have much higher shipping fees with the added taxes, duty and brokerage. Farfetch is a resale sneaker (and clothing) shop in Europe. I like this site because shipping is reasonable at $20 and they put the duties and taxes into the price of the sneakers. So the final price is the final price... but they tend to be expensive as they are a reseller. So if a sneaker goes up in value (like many do), then the price tag can be quite high. But great if there's a sneaker you want that is a Europe exclusive and doesn't drive much hype like the Reebok DMX Trail Shadows, they can be had for a decent price.

What are you looking for? Canada will typically get nearly everything that other countries get... it's just a serious lack of supply. For more limited or hyped releases, you should be looking at sneaker boutiques and skate shops.
Thanks, I'm familiar Farfetch and EndClothing, as they are pretty well known.
It is indeed the limited releases that I'm often looking at. I usually miss the release date and can only find stock at these smaller boutique shops. I'm not sure of they actually have actual stock or simply a portal to a larger shoe warehouse.
jay-em wrote: @blindemboss
Which ones?
If you list them here I'm sure some RFDer will give some feedback about the legitimacy.
I was speaking in general terms as there's so many, but here are two examples.
http://www.styleepidemic.com/
https://www.ashleycarrasquillo.com/
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blindemboss wrote: Of course, that the obvious. But the selection from those retailers is really lame. Many of the shops I'm referring to seem to be based out of the UK and Europe. They have items we would never get here in Canada.
well if you are going to be using a third party then there is always a risk. Maybe I am just too old to be interested special runners but as long as the shoes is comfy and looks somewhat decent is all I care about. Been wearing my Brinks since May.
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blindemboss wrote: Thanks, I'm familiar Farfetch and EndClothing, as they are pretty well known.
It is indeed the limited releases that I'm often looking at. I usually miss the release date and can only find stock at these smaller boutique shops. I'm not sure of they actually have actual stock or simply a portal to a larger shoe warehouse.


I was speaking in general terms as there's so many, but here are two examples.
http://www.styleepidemic.com/
https://www.ashleycarrasquillo.com/
I would never buy anything from scammy sites like those, that don't even have an address listed and you have no idea where they are located, much less where the product (if it even exists) would ship from. Beyond that, I would never buy shoes online even from reputable retailers. I'm extremely picky about shoe comfort and would never buy shoes that I could not try on and walk around in first.
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Have you searched lyst.ca?

It's a site consolidator.
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I bought off one of those "luxury boutique" fashion sneaker online stores I saw on Facebook. Shipping took awhile (from China) and quality was just ok, a little low for quality for the price. Won't buy again but not entirely disappointed either. Ok comfortable. It's mostly for the looks rather than anything else.
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yesstyle wrote: I bought off one of those "luxury boutique" fashion sneaker online stores I saw on Facebook. Shipping took awhile (from China) and quality was just ok, a little low for quality for the price. Won't buy again but not entirely disappointed either. Ok comfortable. It's mostly for the looks rather than anything else.
Are you sure is not fake?
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sponge5307 wrote: Are you sure is not fake?
not sure what you mean by fake but its an indie brand but there are many other indie brands that uses the same style of shoes.
here's the site i bought mine: https://mlo.shoes/
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USCMA (new NAFTA) changed the rules on importing shoes from the US: on the last purchase I made there was no longer any duty.

I can vouch for Baggins Shoes for Cons/Vans/Dr. Martens they are awesome (BC). https://bagginsshoes.com/
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lecale wrote: USCMA (new NAFTA) changed the rules on importing shoes from the US: on the last purchase I made there was no longer any duty.

I can vouch for Baggins Shoes for Cons/Vans/Dr. Martens they are awesome (BC). https://bagginsshoes.com/
With a limit of $150... also any shoes made NA are duty exempt.
yesstyle wrote: not sure what you mean by fake but its an indie brand but there are many other indie brands that uses the same style of shoes.
here's the site i bought mine: https://mlo.shoes/
It's not an "indie brand". That site is filled with really bad fakes. The same shoes are sold on hundreds of shady sites. Next time you can cut out the middleman and buy it for $25 from aliexpress.

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