Return Shoes Without The Box: Why you Can’t

If they are your regular size, or if they are something that was originally your regular size but has become too tight or is worn out in all of the places that count, you should be able to return them with the original packaging.

Shoes that are marked as final sale may not be returned with the original packaging. So if you haven’t tried them on, make sure they fit before buying.

If they are your regular size, or if they are something that was originally your regular size but has become too tight or is worn out in all of the places that count, you should be able to return them with the original packaging. Shoes that are marked as final sale may not be returned with the original packaging.

What Do Stores Do with Items Returned Without Their Box?

In the article, I have been talking mostly about Internet retailers, but don’t ignore brick and mortar stores. In fact, this is where the most return fraud happens. In a classic case of “buyer beware,” store employees typically receive store credit for returns that end up being fraudulent.

There are two ways that stores can deal with returned items: they can sell them as soon as they receive them (and take a loss), or they can take them back and refund you (and profit).

If the return is warranted, you’re unlikely to ever see either of those two options. Instead, store employees are instructed to take the returned item back into the store and place it on some sort of shelf or shelf rack. You are then issued a refund for that item via a credit card or check.

If the store has a policy where you don’t qualify for a sale price unless you have the original box, ask if you can purchase one on the spot.

If they are too good of a deal to pass up, go ahead and buy them. If they are your regular size, or if they are something that was originally your regular size but has become too tight or is worn out in all of the places that count, you should be able to return them with the original packaging.

Definition of New Condition

Keep in mind that this is a strict interpretation of the store’s policies. The original packaging and/or box must be completely unopened and unaltered, but we do accept used sneakers that have been worn once or twice for exchange or refund. If you want to return your shoes and they don’t fit correctly, we will accept them as long as they are in new condition and fit properly.

Why Can’t You Return Unworn Shoes Without a Box?

I know that I just said that you can return items with the original packaging. But if you’re returning Nike shoes, it’s not going to be inside the shoe box. They may not accept this because:

No Identity, No Sale

Consumers are more likely to return an item than not purchase it in the first place. With this in mind, companies generally don’t want to take a chance on buying something without any sort of way to track who’s buying it.

Theft

It’s a terrible problem, but shoplifters steal from stores every day. By reducing the number of returns, you make it more difficult for thieves to walk into a store and walk out with stolen goods.

Shoes “Used” Already

Some store doesn’t want you to return their shoes more than once. This is why they require that their packaging must remain intact. It’s obvious that they don’t want you stealing their shoes after trying them on. They want to build your brand loyalty by providing you with what you’re looking for, but not giving it to you.

Store Credit

Many times, the return is not warranted so the store issues a store credit for whatever is returned without its packaging. This is even more of an incentive for employees to show consumers how easy it is to return items than it is for them to try and prevent returns in the first place.

Can You Return Shoes To Target Without The Box?

According to the “Return Policy” section of Target’s website: “We cannot accept returns on products that are not in their original packaging.” This means that products will be returned without their original boxes. Item returns are subject to our standard return policy which is outlined below. Please see our Returns & Exchanges page for full details on how to return items online or by mail.

Target doesn’t accept shoes without the original packaging, but they do accept them with a receipt. Upon receipt of your return, you can get a refund. In fact, they don’t even give you the option of not getting a refund. According to the Target website, you can always expect to receive a refund for your item.

Can you return shoes without the box at Foot Locker?

You can’t return shoes without the box at Foot Locker, but you can take them back without their original boxes. If you think the fit is wrong (wrong size, wrong shoes), they will accept the return for exchange or refund. If it’s dirty, they will refuse to accept it.

What do stores do with items returned without their box?

They can’t resell them, so you’ll get your money back. It isn’t the same at all department stores though. Some will exchange them for you if you ask nicely.

Guidelines for Making a Return Without the Original Box/Packaging:

  • You can return shoes without their original boxes or packaging if they are in new condition.
  • If the original box or packaging is received with your return, you will receive a refund instead of store credit.
  • You can return shoes to many stores without their original boxes or packaging.
  • Stores have different policies regarding shoe returns. Some will accept shoes if they are in new condition, while others only accept shoes if they are in the original box. Ask before trying on your shoes.
  • If you are trying to return shoes for a “change of heart,” you may have difficulty.

Can You Return Vans Shoes Without The Box?

Vans will accept your shoes without their original boxes, but only if the shoes are in the same condition as they were sold. This means that if you buy them and wear them for a day or two then return them, you won’t be able to get another pair. If you try to pull this off, your return will be denied.

Can I Return Nike Shoes Without The Box?

No, Nike does not allow returns without the original box. You can always exchange them with the original box, but if you try to return them without the original box or packaging, your return will be denied.

Can I Return Shoes Without the Box at Footlocker?

You can’t return shoes without the box at Footlocker, but you can exchange them if they are in new condition and fit correctly. If you try to return them without a receipt and they don’t fit correctly, you’ll be denied a refund.

FAQs

What does “new condition” mean?

Shoes must be unworn, with absolutely no signs of wear.

What kinds of shoes can I return with a receipt?

Athletic Shoes, Skate Shoes, and Sandals can all be returned to us as long as they are in new condition. 

Can I still return if I have worn them?

No. They must be unworn to qualify for a refund. 

How do I know if my shoes are in new condition?

If you can still see the price tag on your shoes, or if the original box and packaging is not included with your return, we will be unable to issue a refund for your purchase. 

How do I know if my shoes fit correctly?

We recommend that you try on your sneakers indoors and walk around for a few minutes before wearing them outside. This will allow you to make sure that they fit correctly and that the size is right for you.

How often can you return shoes to Footlocker without the original packaging?

You can return shoes to Footlocker as long as they are in new condition.

Can I return athletic shoes without the original packaging?

Answer: Yes, you can return athletic shoes to Footlocker as long as they are in new condition.

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