When it comes to buying kicks online, sometimes it’s easy, while other times difficult. With that being said, check out some tips to make your experience more enjoyable! For the ultra-savvy online shopper, we bet you’re quite aware of most of these tricks and tools, but it never hurts to brush up on all the info and resources that are out there. When new releases and restocks are known to fly out of online inventory in a matter of minutes, it certainly helps to have as much of an edge as possible. Enjoy reading, we hope you pick up some new tips along the way and you know we’re always here to help with this (at times) crazy online sneaker game!
Saving Your Payment Info In Your Browser
This one varies, depending on which internet browser you use. But many browsers, like Google Chrome, have specific settings that allow you to save multiple credit card and payment options, with an auto-fill feature. This shaves off some precious time during that checkout process which, in today’s game, instantly boosts your chance of copping.
Following The Right People On Social Media
It’s 2014, so this one should be a no-brainer. But, following the right people on social media gives you a head start on things like launch dates, sizing options and, the most crucial word in the sneakerhead lexicon: RESTOCK.
Don't Forget Notifications
If you know a drop is imminent, you’ll want to be the first to know. And with the beauty of the internet (particularly social media), that’s possible. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook all allow you to set notifications so that, when that direct purchase link goes out, you’ll be in on it.
Sure, following a shop owner or brand rep may get you the low-down on release dates and distribution, but that only gets you so far. If you really want to take full advantage of the power of the web, make yourself known in the sneaker community. If you look hard enough, there are plenty of good folks out there looking to help out those in need of alley-oops, trades and more.
Part of making yourself known in the online sneaker community is hitting up the forums. Forums are great places not only for resale and trade options, but for getting the inside track on future restocks and international release information. You’d be surprised who frequents these boards, and the volume of info out there.
In today’s sneaker game, the hottest releases completely sell out in minutes, so speed is oh-so-crucial. So, don’t skimp on that internet connection or wireless router…every little bit counts!
Online Payment Services
Again, this is eCommerce 101, but online payment services like PayPal, Venmo and others, can be huge time-savers on drop day (or even on the resale market). But also, it makes things easier when dealing with foreign shops and international sellers.
Gunning for one of those ultra-limited or international drops? Well, you better get your learn on. In today’s world of 140 character limits, most people glaze over the fine print on release announcements. Oftentimes, shoes thought to be exclusive, actually drop at several other accounts…so pay attention!
Blogs, Blogs, Blogs
Nowadays, sneaker blogs are a dime a dozen, but that’s not neccesarily a bad thing. Whether you’re into J’s or Roshes or just some dope runners, there are enough solid blogs out there to cover every sneaker niche. So find the one’s you like and bone up on those release dates!
Watch Out For Fakes
While the internet and it’s vast array of sneaker shops are a beautiful thing when it comes to increasing your chances of picking up the newest kicks, it’s not always perfect. There are plenty of under-handed and shady sites out there selling B-grade productions and even out-right fakes. So, make sure you do your homework, and double check before dropping coin on an unfamiliar site. The old adage ‘If it’s too good to be true’ always hold up!
The Sneaker Porn
With all the niches in today’s sneaker world, one of the most interesting (to us, anyway) are the vast array of product photographers out there. Oftentimes, they provide even better looks at those dope new kicks you’re thinking about pulling the trigger on than the brands themselves. And, in some cases, they even provide solid video too.
Missed out on drop day? Well don’t worry because, the internet. Sure, everyone knows about eBay. But nowadays, sneakerheads have numerous other options to help you out. Places like Klekt, Kixify and Sole Collector’s forums are great places to keep your proverbial ear to the ground and see just how much those new sneaks will run you on the resale market.
Oh, The Bargains!
Sure, you’re already reading Kicks Deals, so you’re doing something right. But if you’re looking for the best prices on sneakers, online shopping can’t be beat. You may not be able to get breaks on those ultra-limited or hyperstrike releases, but if you haven’t been following us for long, keep your eyes peeled. You’d be surprised how quickly you can get discounts on newly released sneakers. Never pay retail, if you don’t have to.
No, not the bad ones like those that arbitrarily hold your international shipments for ransom, but the good type of customs. Whether it be from the big dogs like JBF or Mache Customs, or one-offs from the likes of New Balance, Vans or NIKEiD, there is no shortage of avenues to ensure you’re rocking a one-of-a-kind sneaker. And NIKEiD continually adds new options and models, so you can always check there but know that some are only available for a limited time.
Give Them Your Number
We all know about Twitter’s mobile notifications feature, but for those Mac (or iMessage)-friendly readers out there, you can take those notifications to the next level by getting them on your desktop. By linking your mobile phone number with your desktop’s iMessage application, you can get those Twitter notices right on your desktop as well. Go technology!
Not to toot our own horn here, but let’s be real; KicksDeals.com is simply the premier source for online sneaker deals and exclusive hookups. We’ve distilled all that info out there into one handy resource with one simple goal; to help you pick up those kicks you’ve been wanting at the best possible price around without having to go the resell route. Thanks for checking us out!