This is copied from the quick advice I gave to a friend who was looking for Quechua Forclaz 500 trekking shoes in Delhi. Most of it is valid for online shopping. Useful for anyone looking for Quechua products. Written 27 April 2013
1. Quechua Forclaz 500 shoes (women) on parent Decathlon site; size chart is also there http://www.decathlon.in/FOOTWEAR-FORCLAZ-500-WOMEN MRP is 3999. Forclaz 600 is also there now but more expensive. Playgroundonline dot com has it but it says it may take up to ten days. You may talk to them on phone.
2. Flipkart should send you in 3 days I think but there would be no discounts. Not sure if the women thing is there; I couldn’t find it. Men shoes were there. You may phone and them and tell them to get it. They may do that. After all they have the male shoes so why not the women ones?!
3. Try talking to your friend who knowns an (official) seller on Decathlon site. He may get it for you in about 3k only.
4. Ambience Mall has Planet Sports; go and check your size there if they have it. If you know any employee there, they do get 10-15 % discounts at least. Try making a friend there if you have good people to people skills. Don’t be lazy on this; it would take not even an hour if you have a bike to ride to Vasant Kunj.
5. Adventure 18 Address: 16, Satya Niketan, Opposite Venkateswara College, New Delhi, Delhi 110021 Hours: Saturday hours 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Phone:011 3297 0400 Phone them and ask them if they have it. Do not hesitate to ask for discounts.
6. Retain bill and get original bill; Quechua has good warranty and you may get new shoes if there is damage. I did get new bags in warranty even though damage was due to wear and tear and overuse. All it took was one long email to them.
7. Surf Decathlon.in for more Quechua products. Socks are also very good (the more expensive the better) http://www.decathlon.in/hiking
8. Try reading reviews, researching a bit online before buying anything. If you have good online acumen and typing speed, it would be a breeze.
9. Delhi Cantt Lee Cooper trekking shoes are also good. So do not regret if you didn’t get it.
10. Koolskool has it too http://koolskool.in/quechua-hiking-footwear-forclaz-500-women I have not used that site but it has an okay reputation. Talk on delivery time before ordering. Use ‘COD’ option if you don’t want to pay in advance.
I am going out soon; will reply by evening if you reply to this. I am always available on SMS though. Hope all this helps. Wrote quickly; ignore typos.
PS: you don’t miss much if you don’t have fancy gear. So just go and enjoy. Anyway they will have a good inventory.