Want to know more about shopping at schuh? Then read on...
"Aspirational but accessible fashion footwear." That's schuh in its own words. Mixing designer gear with everyday pieces has worked for plenty of fashion retailers, and it certainly worked for these guys. The brand is a UK success story, having grown from a single independent store in Edinburgh to one of the most recognisable names on our high streets. Ironically enough, schuh was inspired by the lack of fashion footwear shops outside London, and now it's one of the dominant ones in the capital. We're here to look at the website, though, and on that front it's good news too: schuh's online shopping experience is clean and simple, with – of course – a huge range of boots and shoes.
As we said in the introduction, schuh has been around for a while, and it built up a reputation as it grew. Result: it has the recognition and buying power to get the best fashion footwear brands onto its shelves. We're talking giants like Converse, Vans and Dr Martens. But there's another side to schuh too. Because it employs eagle-eyed, trend-obsessed buyers, you'll also find some lesser-known brands on the cusp of making it big. Keep a close eye on the New Arrivals pages to see what's fresh.
Remember when trainers were just for sport? No, neither do we. Schuh's speciality is the fashion trainer – it does have a few sport lines, but it doesn't focus on athletics in the same way as JD Sports or Sports Direct. You can drill into the trainer selection from both the Men's and Women's menus, seeing what's new from major brands like Nike and Vans. Schuh is also big on New Balance, who for our money hit the sweet spot between fashion and sport styles. Looking for absolute classics? You'll find those too, including the iconic adidas Gazelles.
If you've been into a schuh store, you'll already know that the brand does much more than trainers. Take a look at the Style filters in the Men's and Women's sections to see what else is on offer. Boots are a big seller, from eye-catching fashion styles to casual looks for guys (think jeans and Timberlands). Girls can shop for both low and high heels, while guys have a selection of formal lace-ups, including some very natty brogues. On the lighter side, there are loafers, boat shoes and sandals. Amazingly, schuch's menus break down all of those top-level styles into even more precise categories – so if you like to go deep when you shop for shoes, you've definitely come to the right place.
Because we write about shopping, we tend to bang on about search filters a lot. Sorry about that – they're useful. Schuh has some of the most detailed we've ever seen; at time of writing the colour filter alone had 24 options. There's also a material filter that'll take you to shoes in nubuck, leather, suede and more. Want the cheapest items? Check Sale Product Only. In a hurry? Check Next Day Delivery. And top of all that there are the usual filters for size, brand and category. So whether you're shopping schuh for women's, men's or kids' shoes, you've got a pretty powerful toolbox to help you find what you want. Remember to check T&Cs if you're searching sale items, as they might not be eligible for cashback.
Everything we've said about the Men's and Women's sections goes for schuh Kids too. If you're new to buying for little ones, you might be surprised how many big brands do mini sizes – you can pick up kids' Converse, Nikes and even Dr Martens. And don't worry about buying them the stuff you love while they're still young, because they'll start setting their own style soon enough!
Schuh also has a few handy features to help you get your head around kids' shoes. There's a size guide, with fitting information by brand and a video that runs you through how children's sizes work. It's also worth signing up for the children's shoes newsletter, which alerts you to new arrivals and special offers; it's particularly handy to have at that early stage when they're getting through shoes faster than you can buy them.
Looking for current styles at low prices? Of course you are. Schuh can't exactly square that circle, but its Imperfects initiative gets pretty close. On the Imperfects page you'll find ex-display items that are sold at huge discounts – as long as you can stomach a little wear and tear. Pop your size in to get started, then use the filters to dig around and see what's currently on offer. Click through to a pair you like the look of for more details on their exact defects – usually you're talking scuffs, scratches or a bit of discolouration – and, in some cases, photos of the shoes themselves. It's great value, it reduces waste, and for those of us who like a bit of scuffing on certain styles, its pretty much win-win. Check the T&Cs before you dive in, as Imperfects might not be eligible for cashback under current offers.
We've already talked about searching on schuh, and when you get down to product detail pages the experience is just as good. Most items have a rich image gallery that includes 360-degree photos, posed model shots, packaging imagery and even video. The spec sheets outline materials for the upper, lining and outsole, as well as colour options where available; and of course you can review the product's delivery options and associated costs too. But it's the review section where things get really good. Thanks to schuh's popularity, masses of shoppers have left their ratings and opinions, and schuh has cleverly asked them to leave a specific rating for fit, which gets aggregated into an Average Size Rating. We all know that sizes can feel different from brand to brand and from design to design, so if you ask us this is a really useful addition to online shoe shopping.
We hope that was a useful introduction to schuh. Now it's time to get shopping. We've come up with a few ideas to help you explore the collections and earn some cashback…
What do you mean you don't own any? Literally everyone needs at least one pair of these classic, affordable kicks in their life. You don't have to go in for the high-tops (though bonus points if you do) – in fact low-tops are where it's at these days, pairing brilliantly with jeans, dresses and even slim-fitting suits. If we had the budget we'd keep a single-colour pair for everyday schlepping, and add to that with limited-edition designs as and when they come out. Go to schuh's Converse brand pages to see what's new.
One of the things we love about schuh is that it isn't afraid to bring some really out-there designs to the high street. Case in point: Irregular Choice, the Brighton-based brand that specialises in "mad and adventurous" footwear (that's Irregular Choice founder Dan Sullivan talking). Cat flip flops? We're in. Toy Story boots? Let's do it. Again, there's a whole Irregular Choice section on the site, so you can have a good dig around to find the perfect balance of "What the hell?" and "Actually, I'd wear that."
A shoe squad without a few boots in it is like a football team without a goalkeeper. Nobody's going to stop you doing it, but you're definitely going to lose. Whether you like them chunky, high, weatherproof or just all-round dazzling, you've got a good chance of finding your next pair in schuh's Boots pages. Sample style filters include Biker Boots, Sky High, Outdoor, Cowboy and Formal Knee – and that's just a glimpse of the Women's range. So you've got plenty to work with here, including pairs from top boot brands like Dr Martens and Timberland.
If the weather's warming up – or you're just lucky enough to be off somewhere sunny – you'll need some footwear to match. Shop the Sandals & Pool Slides pages for a huge range of open-toed styles, from muted, all-natural Birkenstocks to colourful Havaianas flip-flops. Espadrilles and light shoes are great choices for holidays and summer months too. It's hard to beat Toms here, and their ethically made, affordable styles are available in both the Men's and the Women's shops.
Even if you're buying for the world's biggest footwear fan, it's tough to buy a pair of shoes as a gift – fit and personal style are everything. Thankfully schuh gives you plenty of other gifting options. Try the accessories section for a range of bags, caps and socks. And no, socks aren't always boring – some of Hunter's welly socks are genuinely lovely. (Speaking of those, proper Hunter wellies are also a good bet if you know the recipient's size, as fit matters a bit less on big waterproofs.) If you're still drawing a blank, you can get schuh gift cards in any multiple of £5, right up to £200. You even get to choose the design on the card. Check T&Cs if you're going down this route, as cashback might not be available on gift card purchases.
Anything we haven't covered? If you've still got questions about schuh's products, website or shopping experience, you might find the answers below.
The brand name comes from the German word for shoe, but there's no need to attempt German pronunciation. You can just say "shoe".
If you're a UNiDAYS user, it's really easy – you just need to log into your account using the form on the schuh Student Discount page, and you'll get your discount code. Alternatively, you can show schuh's customer service team your matriculation card by live chat, Facebook or email and they'll send you a code. Your code gets you 10% off full price and sale items. Check T&Cs, as cashback might not be available on student discount purchases.
Definitely. It's a major high street brand with stores across the UK, and the products it sells are 100% genuine.
It varies from store to store. Use the store finder on the website to find your local branch and check its opening hours.
Standard delivery takes 2-3 days, and is free on orders over a certain amount. You can also pay a little extra for next day delivery or named day delivery. Click & Collect is free on all purchases, and your items could be ready at your local store in as little as 20 minutes. Alternatively, get them sent to a CollectPlus or UPS Access Point, which takes 2-3 days.
Schuh's online store accepts MasterCard, VISA, American Express, VISA Debit/Delta/Electron, Switch/Maestro, PayPal and (of course) schuh gift cards.
Yes. The site's checkout pages use SSL encryption to protect your personal and card details. The site has been accredited by Google Certified Shops, and is part of the MasterCard Securecode and Verified by Visa schemes.
You can never have enough shoes – and that means you can never have enough shoe offers. We've also got cashback deals with high-street footwear favourites Office and size?, as well as with shoe brands like Dune and Kurt Geiger.
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