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Purchasing boots without trying on

What do you suggest is the best way to choose a new pair of hiking boots during your Anniversary sale without the ability to try them on for fit?  We are not opposed to purchasing several pairs to try on, but then we are only allotted one 20% coupon, so we're not assured that will be able to apply that coupon to the pair actually purchased, plus having to pay for the return postage.  Do you anticipate accepting curbside returns soon?  Currently own a pair of La Sportiva hiking boots in a 42.5 but need them larger to avoid my toes hitting the toe of the boots.

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Hello @Luv2Hike!

Thanks for reaching out to the Community with this question! Purchasing boots without the ability to try them on can certainly be tricky! But we have some great resources available during this time. 

I would recommend setting up a virtual outfitting appointment!  Our customers have been loving the opportunity to get specific fit advice while our stores remain closed. 

We don’t have any new information to share at this time about when we will be offering curbside returns but we will continue to provide updates in our FAQ’s.

Thanks again for reaching out!

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My toes are at the end of my boots.  Do you suggest I go with a half or full size bigger?  A thumb's width for me is 1".



If you are currently hitting the end of your shoe, it is likely that you may need to go up by a full size. There are a few things to consider specifically with the boots that are European sized. 

Take a look at some previous advice given by @REI-PearlD and myself on sizing for La Sportiva boots

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