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I think the amount of consideration and thought that you seem to have put into this is great! However, a guy buying shoes for his girl can be kind of risky for a couple of reasons:
- A lot of shoes and shoe stores differ slightly in sizes so there's definitely a chance that even if you know her normal, typical "shoe size" that you'll end up being a half size (and maaaybe even a size) too big or too small. All shoes are a bit different, and the amount of interior padding, the width of the sole, the width of the calve part (some girls can't actually buy a lot of boots because their calves are too big/wide for that part of the boot), etc. can all pose to be a problem. it's an absolute must that she try them on, otherwise you run the risk of her having to go back on her own time to get the exact right size that fits her.
- Style's the second problem. I'm sure you know your girlfriend quite well (of course), but a girl's own personal style when it comes to shoes is extremely hard to pin down, despite how well you know her. My best friend's known me for over 10 years and she still can never spot shoes that I like when we go shopping. She actually tends to pick the one's I like the least thinking that they're the ones I'll like the most. While not always the case, it's often the same thing with guys and their girls, it has nothing to do with how well you know her or don't know her, it's just something that's so dependent solely on the individual that unless you're in her head, it's really hard to get it right. Plus, even if you do by some chance know everything she loves when it comes to shoes, her taste is always subjective to change at any time. It's just kind of risky in my opinion.
If she mentioned a specific brand or type of boot that she loves and you really do think you know her size, then go for it. I'm sure she'll love it, just make sure to keep the receipt - just in case you're a bit off with the sizing so she can go back and get it corrected :). I'd really like to agree with your choice, but I think if you're even the slightest bit unsure, then a great alternative would be to pay for a Gift Card or store certificate to a great shoe store so that she can go and get the ones that she absolutely loves the most. That way she'll still be able to get an awesome pair of boots that she picked out, in the right size, in the right style, that she absolutely loves. All thanks to you :)