Q: How do I choose my size?
A: Start here. You'll find both sizing advice, our size chart, and how to convert from other sizing systems. 

Q: What if I need a wide or narrow width shoe?
A: We may have a shoe for you! Check out the evolving options we have for you here, along with some tips and tricks.

Q: My shoes don't fit! What do I do? 
A: We have a great breakdown on how to identify the problem area and resolve common fitting issues here. If your question is not answered there or you need more assistance, please reach out to our fit professionals at and we'll be happy to assist! 

Order Status

Q: How do I track my order?
A: When your order ships we will send you a shipping confirmation email that contains tracking information. You can use this to follow the progress of your shipment. You can also log into your account on our site and view the progress on your order status page. Please note that orders can only be tracked after they have shipped. 

Q: How do I cancel my order?
A: All requests to change or cancel an order should be made via email to or by phone to (+1) 775-800-7750 immediately. An order that has already received a dispatch email or tracking number has shipped and cannot usually be changed or canceled. 


Q: How does the pre-order process work?
A: We open up sales of a product before it's manufactured, and offer a discount for the first ten day period (previously 2 weeks) of sales. If we sell enough of the product then it goes into production for delivery about 17 weeks later. For more detailed information see our Pre-Order Process page, or our pre-order update page for the latest information on the progress of current pre-orders


Q: How much will my order cost to ship?
A: Simply add the items you wish to buy to your shopping cart, go to the cart page and enter your location; the shipping options and their costs will be displayed.

Q: How will my order be delivered?
A: This will depend on where it's shipping to and the service you select. We typically offer USPS and DHL as they are the most cost effective, reliable, and prompt carriers we have access to. Shipping options are available on the shopping cart page and during checkout.

Q: Do you ship internationally?
A: Yes! We ship almost anywhere in the world that has a functional and externally accessible postal system, that is not a fraud hotspot. If you're in Europe, we have a European website just for you here - we highly suggest you place your order on that site to save money on shipping and customs. For orders placed on the US site, please check this list of mail system issues on the USPS website to confirm that there are no known delivery problems with your country. If your country is missing from a drop-down menu it's likely that there are (or have been) issues with your postal system and we may not be delivering to your country at the present time. 

Q: Do your shipping charges include taxes or customs fees?
A: We do not include sales tax, duty or processing fees in our international shipping charges, unless you select a shipping method that includes the label DDP (Delivered Duty Paid) in the shipping service name. All of our pricing excludes sales tax for customers outside of Nevada. Depending on your local tax laws and the shipped value of your order, you may be required to pay sales tax/VAT/GST, duties and/or customs processing fees separately prior to delivery. An excellent resource to calculating your likely customs fees is DutyCalculator.

Q: Does the "Free Shipping over $165" apply to international orders?
A: Unfortunately we can only provide free shipping to destinations inside the USA, but we offer competitive international shipping rates to anywhere in the world.

Q: How long does it take to ship?

A: In stock orders are typically dispatched within 1 business day, although we may longer to ship orders placed during holidays and during sales (when we see much larger volumes of orders than usual). Orders that contain a pre-order item will ship when ALL items in the order are in stock. If you wish to split the order and have us ship in-stock items now and pre-order items later then please place separate orders for the in-stock items, and the pre-order items.

We ship from Reno, Nevada, and packages sent via:

  • USPS Priority Mail in the US typically takes 2-3 business days
  • USPS 1st Class International typically takes between 6-30 business days
  • USPS Priority Mail International typically takes between 6 and 10 days
  • USPS Express Mail International typically takes 3 to 5 days
  • DHL Worldwide Express takes 2-4 days

We find that deliveries to France, Germany, Italy, and Spain commonly get held up in customs, delaying delivery by 2-3 additional days. 

Q: Do you include shipping insurance? 
A: We offer optional ROUTE package protection in your cart for a small fee to protect your protect in the event that it is lost, damaged, or stolen. See more about ROUTE Package Protection here. If you decline ROUTE package protection, American Duchess is not liable for lost, stolen items, or items damaged while in transit.


Q: I want to return my order. What do I do?
A: No problem! You may return your order (whole or in part) to us for any reason whatsoever, as long as they are:

  • in original, unworn condition - please try shoes on a clean carpet
  • in their original product packaging
  • shipped within a suitable shipping box
  • returned within 60 days of fulfillment (If purchased and fulfilled in November or December, the return window is extended to January 31 or 60 days from fulfillment, whichever is longer)
  • not a deadstock/last chance/imperfect item

You can see more information on our returns page. To return a product simply visit and complete the returns form.

Q: Do you pay return shipping?
A: For US orders we supply a pre-printed return shipping label on request via our returns portal. Returns and exchanges using our supplied returns shipping labels are free. No return label fees! 

Q: How long does it take for my refund?
A: Once your return arrives at American Duchess it'll take 2-3 business days for us to process your return and refund to your original method of payment. PayPal is very quick to handle these refunds (usually within seconds). Depending on your credit/debit card company/bank a card refund takes 2-10 business days.

Q: I have an international return, do I need to do anything special?
A: Yes! Please mark the parcel as "Returned Goods" on your customs form. If we are exchanging the product(s) for another product(s) then we will also mark the customs form as "Returned Goods" so that it slips through customs without incurring charges.

Defective products

Q: I have a problem with a product I bought from you. What do I do?
A: Please contact us via email, with a description of the problem and your order number. Attaching a photo of the problem to your email will make diagnosing the problem much easier and help us to resolve the issue promptly. We strive to make our shoes beautiful, comfortable, and to give their owners many happy years of service. We do not have a formal guarantee period but stand behind the quality of the products we manufacture for the lifetime of the footwear, and will correct any manufacturing defects at no cost to the original owner. Please note that normal wear and tear, damage due to improper use, and cosmetic imperfections in items sold as "imperfect" do not qualify as defective. 


Q: Are there any benefits to having an account with you?
A: Yes! Although you may prefer to checkout as a guest, when you sign up for an account you can access your account information, order status, order history, wish list and store credit balance at any time.

Gift Cards

Q: Do you have gift certificates or gift cards that I can buy?
A: Yes! You can buy American Duchess Gift Card here.

Q: How do I redeem a Gift Card?
A: Simply place all the items you want in your shopping cart, and go to checkout. In the Payment Method section just enter your Gift Card code in the box and it will be applied to the total. If the Gift Card value exceeds the order value then the remainder of the balance will remain on the card and can be redeemed against another, future purchase.

Payment Information

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amex, JCB via our credit/debit card payment form, PayPal, and Delta/Electron/Maestro/Solo via the PayPal payment mechanism, as well as American Duchess Gift Cards for all orders.

Q: Do you accept international credit/debit cards?
A: Yes! We accept international cards via our credit/debit card form and can also handle Delta/Electron/Maestro/Solo via PayPal.

Q: Do you accept American Express?
A: Yes we accept American Express card.

Q: Do you accept Cashier's/Personal Checks?
A: Sorry, no. At this time we don't accept checks of any kind.

Q: Is it safe to use my credit/debit card on your site?
A: Yes! We understand the importance of safeguarding your personal information and go to great lengths to protect it.

Catalogs by Mail

Q: Can you mail me a catalog?
A: Sorry, but American Duchess does not currently have a paper catalog. All the information you need is available on our website, or via a quick email to us at We believe in keeping a small environmental footprint and keeping our overheads low so that we can keep our prices low and quality high.