Take a look in your closet. What’s in it? If we were to take a guess, we’d bet there would be shirts, jackets, and lots and lots of shoes. Believe it or not, shoes are some of the most commonly shipped pieces of apparel in the world. Nearly every single pair of shoes you’ve ever seen in your life was shipped at one point or another. If you ever find yourself needing to ship out a pair, you’ve come to the right place. This guide is all about the best way to ship shoes, and how you save the most money doing it. These boosts were made for shipping!
USPS is the Cheapest Option to Ship Shoes
Since shoes are relatively small and lightweight items, the US Postal Service is the best option for shipping them out of all the major shipping carriers. USPS provides the best mix of affordable rates and quick delivery times, especially for smaller packages such as shoes in a box. So, look no further than USPS.
Ship Shoes In Either the Priority Mail Shoebox or Custom Packaging
Speaking of boxes: you’ll need some sort of packaging to send out your shoes in. If you visit USPS’ website, you can actually order Priority Mail Shoe Boxes for free! These boxes are designed specifically for shoes and other footwear, and they don’t cost a thing.
For those of you wondering, the dimensions of the Priority Mail Shoe Box are: 14.375×7.5×5.125″.
If you’re selling shoes online, another option (and perhaps a better one) is to use custom packaging for your shipments. Custom packaging allows you to reinforce the value of your brand and create a memorable unboxing for your customers at the same time. It’s a win win for any eCommerce business!
Pro Tip: If you want to stick with the free Priority Mail Shoe Boxes, you’ll need to purchase Priority Mail service. You always need to buy the corresponding service labeled on USPS branded mailing boxes, or else USPS will charge you for it later!
Save the Most Money on Shipping Shoes with Online Shipping Software
No matter what type of box you use for sending out your shoes, you’ll save the most money when you buy postage online with shipping software. When you do so, you’ll get access to USPS discounts like Commercial Pricing. You’ll also gain access to special mail classes perfect for shipping shoes such as Priority Mail Cubic.
Commercial Pricing represents the deepest level of discounts that USPS typically only reserves for huge shippers, and those discounts will save you way more money than if you simply went to the Post Office. Plus, you can print out your postage at home and affix it to your box, so you don’t have to wait in those crazy long lines!