I thought about that too when buying boots, but it is always great to get the advice of real professionals when trying them if something doesn't feel or fit quite right. They can also give you input boot suggestions that maybe you wouldn't have thought of. Take this for what it is worth as I don't know your experience level in picking out gear, especially the ever important boots. Also you are supporting your local shop and not spending money twice. I might order them though if I was ordering the same boot.