Certainly fitting boots by mail is a daunting proposition.  you hav my sympathies.  However, the stores will open, perhaps earlier than full retail to accept returns. Many retailers do not have a comprehensive a return policy as REI.  Paradoxically, I have had to return only one item in fifty-six years of membership

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