People love shoes and they're practical, hence they make great gifts. But buying shoes for others can be a bit tricky. Enter shoe gift cards and certificates: the easy way to give the gift of shoes.
Below are a few of my favorite online retailers that offer shoe gift cards and certificates. From athletic shoes to designer and discount footwear, there's a type of shoe gift card for everyone.
To avoid any unexpected problems or gift delays, remember to check with each site or store for their policies, and limitations, before purchasing. While I tried to provide as much information as possible, there could be details I missed, or policies that may have changed in the time since this article was last updated. This is especially important for international customers, as the retailers listed are based in the U.S. and may have different policies for shoppers in other countries.
Gift Cards from Zappos.com
Zappos.com is a huge online shoe store that offers free shipping and free returns. With the largest selection on the web, just about anyone can find a pair of shoes they'll like on this site. In fact, let's put it this way: Zappos.com would be one of the first places I'd want a gift certificate from.
Another bonus is that Zappos gift certificates can be delivered via email, so they're perfect for last minute shoppers.
6pm.com - Big Brands and Big Discounts
If the shoe lover in your life also loves a bargain, then 6pm.com may be the ideal place to grab a gift card for them.
Owned by Zappos.com, 6pm is a shoe-lovers paradise filled with big brand names and lots of designer labels. But the best part is, these shoes, boots, sandals and more are discounted all the time -- with new deals and bigger discounts being launched every day of the week.
6pm e-Gift Certificates are sent via email; can be purchased in any amount from $10 to $1000; and can be scheduled to arrive on your preferred date.
ShoeBuy.com Gift Cards
ShoeBuy.com is another fine online shoe store that has lots of great sales, and is particularly useful when shopping for comfort brands. Offering free shipping and return shipping, gift certificates are sold in amounts up to $500, and delivered via email.
DSW - Designer Shoe Warehouse
Designer Shoe Warehouse offers online shopping, and also has more than 200 stores across the U.S. With loads of brand name shoes for women and men, either option usually provides a good shopping experience.
Gift cards can be purchased at any DSW store, or at the Designer Shoe Warehouse web site -- and for an added personal touch, you can design your own card, using a custom message or image.
DSW e-Gift cards are also available to be sent via email, but they can take as long as 48 hours to arrive, so you don't want to leave it until too late.
UGG Australia - Boots, Slippers and More
The brand may not need an introduction, but just knowing that a loved one wants a pair of "UGGs" may not be enough, as there are scads of styles and colors to choose from. And that's just in boots! If you throw in the slippers, shoes and bags, then the options are really endless.
The solution to finding the perfect pair?
Well, you could just ask the recipient. Or, you could get them an online or a traditional gift card for UGG Australia. There are options for both physical and digital cards, so you'll want to check out the details for each.
Journeys - Ideal for Teens and Trend Shoppers
Most tweens, teens, and trendy shoppers already know about Journeys, since they have more than 800 stores located in many malls across the U.S., and they carry some of the biggest brands in casual and athletic shoes.
Ideal for shoppers who appreciates the latest styles from footwear giants like Adidas, Asics, UGG Australia, Toms, and Steve Madden, Journeys offers both physical gift cards, as well as "virtual" cards that can be sent via email.
There are a variety of variations, and each has it's own set of policies, so you'll want to check the specifics on whichever card you're interested in.
The Walking Company
A gift card from The Walking Company would be ideal for those who prefer to do their shoe shopping in person; anyone who appreciates top names in comfort shoes; and those who might benefit from the excellent, hands-on customer service provided at any of the chain's 200+ retail locations.
Shipped free of charge, and available in 25-dollar increments from $25 to $250, gift cards from The Walking Company can be used in any of their retail locations or by calling their toll-free number during business hours.
Shoe Gift Cards from Famous Footwear
In addition to having great prices and frequent sales, Famous Footwear offers the recipient the choice of shopping online, or at one of its many locations.
Finish Line Gift Cards
With brands like Nike, Jordan, Under Armour, and Asics, Finish Line is a fantastic shopping spot for fans of athletic shoes and sports apparel.
They offer gift cards that can be purchased and used at FinishLine.com or in stores, and some of the cards are pretty cool on their own. For example, there are gift cards with images of Converse Chuck Taylors, Puma or Nike shoes -- there's even one with the Jordan logo.
Bargain Shop with Gift Cards from Payless Shoe Source
As the reigning king of affordable footwear, Payless is a great shopping spot for the budget-conscious.
Gift cards are available in a wide variety of designs and dollar amounts; can be purchased online or in person; and are shipped for free, but can only be sent to US addresses. These cards can be used for shopping online at Payless.com, or at any one of their 4500 U.S. locations.