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This is so cool!! I have been in search mode for good walking shoes. I ordered a pair of Keens that were AWFUL, spent hours going to shoes stores today, having my feet measured, all that jazz and still didn't find a good shoe that I liked (or if I did, it wasn't in my size. The lil brat at the shoe store even told me they tend to buy shoes only in "smaller sizes"!!! REALLY???).
Anyhow, the cool part.....I am scouring Amazon and they let Prime members choose up to 8 items and try them for 7 days before buying them. They even send a return shipping label for the items you don't purchase.

I haven't tried this yet but I am getting ready to send in an order for some Ecco shoes.....i've read good things on this forum for the Ecco soft 7 sneaker.

Anyhow, just wanted to give others a heads up. If anyone else has tried this, let me know please!!

Thanks and Happy Travels.

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I've tried Amazon Wardrobe. Worked just fine. Got three pairs of Ecco shoes, as a matter of fact, and sent back two of them (one of which was the Soft 7 ... but I have weird, hard-to-fit feet). Easy-peasy!

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So, this service is called Amazon Wardrobe? Sounds like a great thing for Prime Members! Thanks!

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I thought Amazon Wardrobe was just for clothes. You can do it for shoes, too? It takes me AGES to find the right pair of shoes. How totally cool. Thanks for posting this!

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I just buy things with free shipping and returns and send them back if they do not fit. They provide a shipping label that you can print at home. Amazon credits the return to my credit card as soon as the shipping label is scanned by the post office or UPS.

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I, too, am a Prime member, and I have been very happy with their free returns policy. Always got my money credited promptly. But I didn't know about Amazon Wardrobe, so thanks so much for this information! Makes Prime even better. I must have bought and returned six or seven pair of shoes over the last few months, so knowing about this going forward is a great help.

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Not everything is available for Prime Wardrobe but if it is, it will say so. I have 8 pairs of shoes coming Thursday (I should think 1 or 2 would be comfortable lol) so I am excited for Thursday!
I like this feature because I am hesitant after ordering a blouse off Amazon and when I received it it was a completely different blouse than the pictures, though the description was the same. With wardrobe at least I won't have to wait for a credit when I return something....especially when some things are not free returns.

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I generally order clothes or shoes from Amazon only when it is a brand I know and maybe something I have tried somewhere but they did not have the right size or color. And since I lice in Seattle, we call it "buying local." But the Wardrobe thing sounds great if you are shopping for specific needs and do not know what size or style willmsuit you.

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I have bought several pairs of sandal on Amazon, without Prime. Lots of the shoes have a free return policy (just look before you click) - 30 days. On my last US visit, 2 years ago, I probably ordered 2 dozen pairs of sandals, sometimes two sizes in the same model, sometimes 2 colors. I kept about 6-7 pairs, returned the rest without any problems. I've been looking at Amazon recently for this summer's shopping spree and many of my choices are free returns.

Edit: I do stick with styles and brands that I've had success with in the past.

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I am not familiar with Amazon Wardrobe at all. This is VERY interesting! Ok, so if you order 2 pairs of the same shoe but in different sizes, are you billed for both pairs initially and then refunded the one pair you ship back? Is the return shipping cost deducted from the refund? How does this work?

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Continental.....from my understanding, and hopefully I read correctly, you may order up to 8 items and you are NOT charged. The order includes a return label and you have 7 days upon receipt of items to try and then ship back what you do not want. You will then be charged, after the 7 days, for the items you keep. You do have to go into your Amazon acct and list the items you are sending back.
I ordered 8 pairs of shoes, which I received today. I tried e/pair on and then stuck a note in e/ box saying what I like/disliked about each shoe....for my own benefit, so that I can try them on again tomorrow. (I just got back from an 11 mile bike ride so thought it would be a good idea to try them on again when I'm feeling a bit more "perky"...lol
I'll update on this forum after the entire trasaction is complete.

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Libby, I'll look for your update. Thank you. This is fascinating. So in your 8 pairs of shoes you try for 7 days, you'll obviously be walking in them and thus not returning them as unworn, brand new shoes. Amazon is ok with that?

It makes me wonder what Amazon (or the seller) does with these refused shoes that were returned. Do they sell them to someone else as "new"? That might annoy me. I'm not sure yet. LOL

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You obviously can't wear them outdoors or get them dirty. I am particular on shoes and spent Sat. Getting my feet measured and going to different shoe stores....I had foot surgery a couple years ago and my big toe tends to overlap the other toe so as long as the shoe is comfortable, doesn't pinch or slide on my heel I'll give it a go.
I do look for certain things though, for ex., no seam that runs along my toes, good arch support, cushy foot beds, etc.

I bought some shoes that were GREAT around the house and on the treadmil but my first outdoor walk, I got BAD blisters 3 Miles in from the seam along the toe.

I've heard such good things about Ecco shoes, all 8 pairs I ordered are Ecco. Lol

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Okay, the no-pay option is better. I do get charged for everything up front, but the refunds are processed as soon as the items are returned, so it doesn't usually impact my credit card .

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So glad to discover this thread! Libby, do update here what you like or don't about the Ecco soft 7s. I read about them in another topic here and have a pair in my Amazon cart, BUT am not sure of size for that style. So this will help! I'm looking for summer-weight shoes to slip on, but sandals don't usually work. The past few years, my feet have become very finicky (3 surgeries, bad toes, fallen arches, weak ankles), and can't stand the seams, need lots of toe room, space to fit in orthotics etc..... Shoes are not a joy anymore.

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I've mentioned in previous threads how much I love my ECCO soft 7 sneakers. Sizing is different in this shoe. I have sized down one size per their chart. I bought my first pair at Nordstrom on the Anniversary Sale. You can find comparable pricing on Amazon. Like others have said, I don't have Prime either. I just order when I get free shipping. This style is my husbands favorite go to for travel as well.

Libby, let us know how you like the ECCO's.

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I ordered 8 pairs of Ecco shoes from Prime Wardrobe, including the Ecco soft sneaker 7 and soft sneaker 8, both of which I sent back. I really, really wanted to like these shoes. They were stylish, I loved the color, and they were true to size (I read reviews that Ecco shoes were true to size, ran narrow, ran big so I took a chance and ordered all 8 in my size 10 and they all fit me in length and width). Unfortunately the Soft Sneaker 8 was a no go immediately. They slide on my heel slightly and felt really stiff so they hurt the top of my foot when I walked. The 7's were similar; a little softer on top (where the laces go down the top of your foot), but they, too, slid on my heel so I tied them tighter and they hurt the top of my foot too. I eventually decided on the Ecco
Cool 2.0 shoes. Not as stylish as some of the others but not terrible AND I'm going for comfort. I'm going to start breaking the new shoes in today!
As for Prime Wardrobe, I love it! All the shoes looked new and not worn (so I don't know if they've been shipped out & returned, though a couple of the box lids were torn) and the package comes with a strip of tape to reseal the package, as well as a return label. I just dropped the box off at UPS and that was it....easy peasy.

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Sharon,

If you need lots of toe room have you tried Keen brand? I just returned a pair to REI because the toe box was too big for me. In my research online, as well as umpteen shoe stores, I've found the Keen to be a comfortable shoe with a wide toe box.

Good luck! I never thought I would get tired of shoe shopping! Haha

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Another suggestion is the ECCO Chase Tie. Similar to soft 7 in style and comfort. Amazon has them in stock at great prices!

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Libby, thanks for the info and the suggestion. I haven't tried Keen (yet). I've been wearing New Balance sneakers (812 walking shoes plus a couple other styles) and they have worked fine with my orthotics on various trips to Europe and everyday here, and feet are accustomed to them. But I want something easier to slip on and off, e.g., for hopping down to breakfast, and something a bit nicer looking as a change. Prime Wardrobe sounds like a great way to try several at once! NOTE: when I looked at Amazon on my ipad, Prime Wardrobe does not show up as an option, but on the computer it does!

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Just a note Sharon, not everything on Amazon is Prime Wardrobe. If it is, however, it will say so. I could become addicted to shopping this way, especially when looking for something specific. I am in the search for a nice lightweight, but warm, sweater now....Merino wool perhaps. I just hate the price tag on them!!! I know you get what you pay for but, WOW.

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FYI, your Amazon membership works overseas, too. At least I know it does in the UK. Amazon has pickup points at malls and schools where deliveries are put in lockers that you unlock by scanning a bar code in an email message. Convenient way to get some things while traveling if you are in some place for a few days.

I can't remember if the free Amazon Prime shipping worked over there, but it may have.

You'll need to shop on the Amazon web site that is designed for the country you are in.

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Thanks for the tip!! I just "ordered" 4 pairs of walking shoes, so hopefully one will work for me.

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I just wanted to note that you don't get Amazon's fast shipping with the wardrobe program. My wife ordered 5 pairs of shoes which took about a week to arrive. She tried them over a couple of days and then sent 4 back. She wanted to make another order but Amazon won't cross ship. You have to wait until they receive and process your return package. Another week. Not for the impatient or time constrained.

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Good point!! However, they said my order would be delivered on Friday and I got it on a Wed....just got lucky I guess.