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 Natural Mehndi Henna Tattoo Kits: Easy-to-use henna tattoo kits, & henna accessories. Khussa Indian Shoes: Embellished flats/heels, beaded ballet flats, belly dance shoes & boho sari khussa shoes. Ethnic Jewelry: Glass bangles, bindi body art stickers & Indian bracelet stands. Organic Earrings.


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Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
More about khussa shoes...
     Brides and Weddings
     Expecting Mothers
     Costumes
     Recognizing Quality Khussa
 
 
 
 

Khussa Shoes

What size khussa shoes do I wear?
Beachcombers! khussa shoes have been completely streamlined for true consistent Beachcombers! sizing. If you are a US size 8, you should be a Beachcombers! size 8. If you are US size 8.5 you are likely a size 9. If you are in between sizes, a half size, wide width, or like a bit of extra room in the toe, size up and add a pair of khussa insoles.

Shoes are sized to be worn with your toe all the way to the end of the shoe (as they are worn in India & Pakistan). If you like a bit of extra room in the toe, size up.

If you have further questions about your Beachcombers! khussa Indian shoe size, call our toll-free phone number and ask for Jody, 1-866-394-3662.

Beachcombers! PDF Printable Sizing Template

FOR CORRECT SCALE WHEN PRINTING:

Click on Beachcombers! My-Khussa-Sizer Template link below. Click print in Adobe Reader. When the print box "pops" up, under the "Print Handling" section near the bottom of the box:

  1. Turn the "auto rotate & center" OFF

  2. Under "Page Scaling" choose NONE

Note: These instructions must be followed for the template to be the proper size.

Beachcombers! My-Khussa-Sizer Template

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Size Appx. Shoe Sole Measurements
Europe UK US Length Width
37 4.5 6 9 5/8" 3 1/8"
38 5.5 7 10" 3 1/4"
39 6.5 8 10 1/4" 3 3/8"
40.5 7.5 9 10 3/4" 3 1/2"
41.5 8.5 10 11" 3 5/8"
42.5 9.5 11 11 1/8" 3 5/8"
43.5 10.5 12 11 1/4" 3 5/8"

*To measure your foot, trace your foot on a piece of paper and measure from toe to heel, or stand on a ruler or tape measure (be sure to do this on a hard surface, carpet will give you the wrong reading).  Take your foot measurement three times to ensure an accurate reading.

Add about a 1/2 inch and compare with the Beachcombers! sizing chart. The key measurement is the length. The shoe width measurement may be smaller than the measured width of your foot.

Shoes are sized to be worn with your toe all the way to the end of the shoe (as they are worn in India & Pakistan). If you like a bit of extra room in the toe, size up.


Email Jody for Help

Shoot me an email answering the below questions.  Just copy and paste the questions into the body of your email and add your answers.  Please answer all questions.

  1. What size shoes do you normally wear?
     

  2. Do you ever size up a half a size?
     

  3. Do you ever size up more than a half a size?
     

  4. Are your feet wide, average, or narrow width?
     

  5. Do you like to wear your shoes tight or do you like extra room in the toes?
     

  6. Is there anything else about your feet to consider when sizing for shoes (previous surgery or other issues that can make sizing difficult)?

You can expect a response 2- 4 hours during normal business hours and within 24 hours outside of normal business hours.  You are also welcome to call during normal business hours.

Email Jody for Khussa Sizing Help

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How do I break in my khussa shoes?
These ethnic shoes can become your most comfortable shoes! They mold themselves to your feet and the more your wear them the more comfortable they become.

If they are quality leather khussa:
Wet your feet and wear your khussa around the house for an afternoon. Occasionally rewet your feet. If they pinch or rub anywhere, you can put on a band-aide with a cotton ball under it, to help stretch the leather in that spot (i.e. on the back of the heel or on your big toe). Every time you wear your khussa they will become more comfortable as they mold to your feet.

If your khussa have quality man-made uppers or inserts:
Putting wet feet into synthetic shoes is not a pleasant experience! If your khussa are not leather, put on a pair of thick socks and wear them around the house for an afternoon. Just like with leather khussa if there are any spots that rub, you can put on a band-aide with a cotton ball under it (though this will not stretch the area as much as it does with leather khussa).

If your khussa shoes are tight, take care to properly break them in. You would be surprised at how much they can stretch.  If you need extra stretching, wear damp socks when breaking them in.

If your khussa shoes are too big, simply add foam insoles. You can add full inserts or just toe or heel inserts. You still want to follow the break in instructions above to make your khussa comfortable and form to your feet.

If your shoes have any metal work (dabka or thread), you can store them in an airtight container (i.e. Ziploc bag) to avoid tarnish and keep them looking their best.

Printable Khussa Break In Instructions (with pictures)

These printable instructions include before and after pictures to help demonstrate how khussa should look and feel after proper break in.

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More About Khussa Shoes...
Commonly known as Indian shoes and also known as jootie, mojori, embellished flats, and Indian slippers, khussa have been around for thousands of years. Perfect with any look, boho chic, casual jeans, ethnic, or western.

Brides and Weddings
A favorite of brides looking for flats for their wedding or shoes for the reception and honeymoon. Perfect for bridesmaids. What is the first things bridesmaids do after the pictures at the reception? Take off those uncomfortable shoes, of course! For your bridesmaid's gifts, give them gorgeous comfortable Indian shoes to slip into during the reception.  Extremely popular for medieval, renaissance, and SCA themed weddings.

Expecting Mothers
Perfect for pregnant women. Flat comfortable shoes, that are supremely stylish.  Khussa stretch and mold to your feet, so swollen feet are no problem. Look great after the baby is born, when you just don't have the energy to deal with heels.  A wonderfully unique baby shower gift for the mother-to-be!

Costumes
Khussa are great for costumes of all kinds! Popular as SCA garb and costumes for Renaissance Fairs. Practical and stylish for belly dancers that need to dance on cement or other rough surfaces and before and after the show. The finishing touch to Halloween costumes such as, genie, harem girl, Renaissance Princess, belly dancer, Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz, Danielle (Drew Barrymore's character in Ever After), Cinderella, and more!

Recognizing Quality Khussa Indian Shoes
BoHo styles and ethnic looks of the East are hot right now, and embellished khussa shoes fit the bill perfectly. However, did you know that not all khussa shoes are created equal? Khussa Indian shoes are so pretty with their bright colors and intricate handcrafted beading that it can be easy to overlook quality in your shopping. Low quality shoes will not break in correctly, deform quickly, and can be bad for sensitive skin.

Look for khussa made from high quality leather.
The key when shopping for khussa shoes, is to look for khussa shoes made from high quality leather. Many manufacturers will use inferior leather for the uppers of the khussa and some use poor quality leather for the entire shoe. To avoid this, the uppers should not be a different color leather than the soles. The shoe should look stiff not floppy (good quality khussa leather starts off very stiff, and then breaks in to conform to your foot). The leather should appear thick, not thin. Poor quality leather can be bad for sensitive skin and can take on an offensive odor over time.

These are poor quality ethnic shoes. 
Notice the floppy worn look and the different shades of leather.  They have a used dirty appearance and the leather looks thin.  Also, notice the middle picture has a poor quality flesh-tone liner.
  

Check where the khussa are made.
Khussa are referred to as Indian shoes, but they are made in India, Pakistan, and China. Pakistan is widely recognized to provide the best quality handmade khussa shoes. Leather is cleaned with a process using salt and Pakistan has huge supplies of salt and uses it liberally. Salt is very expensive in India and is used sparingly to clean leather. Pakistan is also world renown for quality hand stitching (many high end shoes are made in Pakistan, as are sports balls, including the world's best soccer balls). Stitching techniques are passed down through families for many generations. Chinese beaded flats are normally very low quality, cheaply made, and will not last long.

Look for shoes that look like they have good workmanship.
If the shoe looks slapped together, it is slapped together. The khussa should look stiff and solid, not floppy or worn.  The stitching should be nice and tight.  Pen lines and stencil marks on handmade khussa are normal and expected, and often cannot be seen when worn.  Take a look at all available pictures when shopping for ethnic khussa shoes. Are there plenty of close-up pictures?  Do the shoes look to be of high quality?

         
Notice the general look of quality in theworkmanship and the tight stitching.

Make sure the retailer stands behind their product.
Will they be there for you after the sale to answer questions? Do they have a return policy (does it allow returns if you get the wrong size)? Does the return policy cover shipping? If not, how much is their shipping? Is there a restocking fee? Are they easy to contact?

Tips:

  • Often manufacturers cover poor quality leather with flesh-tone vinyl or "cushion" inserts.

  • Khussa leather should be stiff at first. Quality khussa shoes will break in over time.

  • Poor quality leather will often develop a foul odor over time and irritate sensitive skin.

  • Beware of overly high shipping charges.

  • Look for khussa shoes that look stiff and new.

  • If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

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Indian Glass Bangles

What size glass bangles do I wear?
Glass bangles can be a little tricky, especially if you've never worn them before.  The first step is getting the correct size.  You should wear the smallest size possible for the best look and the least amount of breakage while you are wearing your bangles. 

It is very important to actually find your size as the size small bangles DO NOT necessarily correspond with size small clothes

There are a number of ways to find your Beachcombers! Indian glass bangle size...

  1. The Beachcombers! printable bangle size template below (below).

  2. Measure good fitting bangles that you already have (below).

  3. Measure your hand using a tape measure (below).

  4. Beachcombers Bangle Sizing Kit. The most accurate option.

If in doubt of your bangle size, size up. If you are buying a gift for someone, get the 2.10 size.

Indian glass bangles, sizes 2.6, 2.10, 2.12.

Beachcombers! PDF Printable Bangle Size Template
This is almost as good as the bangle sizing kit.  Just print out the sizing template (making sure it is to the proper scale -see purple box), cut out the circles, and try to fit your hand through the different circles.

This should show you your bangle size and is instantaneous.  If you still have questions, you can always call the Beachcombers! toll-free phone number, 1-866-394-3662.

FOR CORRECT SCALE WHEN PRINTING:

Click on Beachcombers! My-Khussa-Sizer Template link below. Click print in Adobe Reader. When the print box "pops" up, under the "Print Handling" section near the bottom of the box:

  1. Turn the "auto rotate & center" OFF

  2. Under "Page Scaling" choose NONE

Note: These instructions must be followed for the template to be the proper size.

Beachcombers! Bangle Size Template
Once this is printed to the correct scale follow the instructions on the template.

If this link does not load, download the latest version of Adobe Reader, below.

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Measure Good Fitting Bangles that You Already Own
Take out bangles that you already have and measure the inside diameter and compare to the below measurement chart or the measurement stated in the actual bangle listing.

As long as you measure the inside diameter of your current bangles this will be an accurate way to find your bangle size.

Size Diameter
Inches
Diameter
Centimeters
Circumference
Inches
S 2.6 2 3/8 6.03  7.46  (7 1/2")
M/L 2.10 2 5/8 6.67  8.25  (8 1/4")
XL 2.12 2 3/4 7.1  8.6  (8 3/5")

If in doubt of your bangle size, size up. If you are buying a gift for someone, get the 2.10 size.

If you still have sizing questions, you can always call the Beachcombers! toll-free phone number,
1-866-394-3662.
 

Measuring Your Hand with a Tape Measure
This method can be used to find your bangle size, but is a little bit trickier than the printable sizing template, but when done carefully will give you an accurate result.

You will need a flexible tape measure or a piece of string and a ruler.

  1. Make your hand as small as possible, as if you were putting on bangles, bringing your thumb and little finger together.

  2. Using the tape measure (or string), measure the around your hand at the widest point (the tape measure should be pulled taught, not loose). Make note of the actual circumference of your hand (if you used string, make a mark where the string meets, then measure the length with your ruler to get your hand circumference).

  3. Compare your hand circumference to the bangle circumference in the below chart.  Purchase bangles that are the next size up from your actual hand measurement.

Using the size found in the listing find the bangle circumference (see conversion chart below)...

Size Diameter
Inches
Circumference
Inches
Diameter
Centimeters
Circumference
Centimeters
S 2.6 2 3/8 7.46  (7 1/2") 6.03 19
M/L 2.10 2 5/8  8.25  (8 1/4") 6.67  21
XL 2.12 2 3/4  8.6  (8 3/5") 7.1  22

Glass bangles are breakable and must be put on slowly and carefully in small groups. Typically you will have to use lotion on your hands to get these bangles to slip on.  The 2.10 M/L is the most common size in the U.S. and should fit most women.  

If in doubt of your bangle size, size up. If you are buying a gift for someone, get the 2.10 size.

If you still have sizing questions, you can always call the Beachcombers! toll-free phone number,
1-866-394-3662.

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How do I put on Indian glass bangles?
Glass bangles are not like typical bangles.  They are delicate and can cut you if they break so they must be put on carefully.

  1. BE CAREFUL!  They are breakable and can cut you.

  2. Apply lotion or mehndi oil to your hand.

  3. Loosen up your hand by giving yourself a quick hand massage (or better yet, have someone else give you a hand massage!).  Apply more lotion/oil if needed.

  4. Join your fingers together to make your hand as small as possible (do NOT stiffen you hand up).

  5. Hold your hand up VERTICAL from the floor.  If you keep your arm down in a horizontal position, the bangles will be more difficult to get on.

  6. Slowly and carefully work the bangles on in small groups (2-4 at a time) being careful that the bangles are straight over top of each other.

  7. Wiggle your fingers a bit when the bangles get to the widest point of your hand.

  8. Clap and move your hands often to draw attention to your new jewelry!

TIP:  Use as much lotion or mehndi oil as needed.  You can't use too much!

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Do you combine shipping?
Yes.  Multiple item orders will automatically combine and offer you multiple combined shipping options.

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How long will shipping take?
We strive to use the fastest method possible that also allows for the most economical cost. 

Average Delivery Schedules

Shipping Method U.S. all 50 states Canada* International*
Standard Ground 5-7 days 14-30 days 14-30 days
Expedited 3-5 days 10-15 days 10-15 days
Express 1-2 days 5-10 days 5-10 days

All Orders: 

  • We ship orders 1 business day after cleared payment has been received (Tues-Sat).
  • Busier times of the year will yield longer delivery times.
  • Tracking is included on all domestic and some international shipments.
  • Beachcombers! always combines shipping when possible to save you money.

* International Orders:

  • Delivery for international shipping can be delayed for longer periods of time
    depending on the customs clearance of your country.

  • International orders may have additional Value Added Tax (VAT), duties, and/or other
    fees due.  We have no control over these fees and cannot predict if and what you may be charged.  These fees are the responsibility of the recipient and cannot be prepaid.  These possible charges are not included in the shipping charge.

  • True value will be marked on all customs forms for international order and complete invoices will be included.

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How much is shipping?
Shipping rates are listed in every listing under eBay's shipping tab.

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What is Beachcombers! return policy?
We, at Beachcombers!, love what we do, and we think it shows. We want you to enjoy shopping with us. In fact, we want you to have so much fun shopping with us that you'll tell your friends and family about us!
 

Beachcombers! holds the highest standards in customer service. We are committed to taking care of you.  If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your order, contact us. We aren't a big faceless corporation, we're a small family-run business and we want to make sure you enjoy your order.  Your satisfaction is more important to us than today's sale.

Thirty Day Return Policy
You are buying ethnic items online, and we understand that things can be different than you expect.  Computer monitors don't always depict color as expected or sizing can be challenging, but whatever the reason, Beachcombers! is happy to accept returns for an exchange, store credit, or refund unless otherwise stated.  We'll even ship your exchange back to you at no cost!  That means no risk shopping for you.

For exchanges and returns, we require a notarized signature, blood sample, and... just kidding!   Returns and exchanges are easy, but there are a few things to go over so that we can process your exchange or return quickly and accurately.

For return authorization, you must
contact us
within 30 days of receipt of your order.  Item(s) must be in new unused condition with all retail packaging.  For exchanges, we will ship your exchange back to you at no additional charge (shipping is not covered for international exchanges).  Clearance items are a great deal and as such are exchange only.  We do not cover any shipping for clearance exchanges.  Refunds will be given in form of original payment for purchase price only (shipping and insurance not refunded).  Any items not returned as part of kits or packages will be considered a retail purchase and will be deducted from original amount of your order.

Package the return or exchange carefully so that it arrives safely.   I promise, glass bangles in an envelope, or shoes with a label taped directly to a shoe box will not arrive to us safely (we tried that... it didn't work). Free Priority boxes are available at the post office (are they great or what?) and be sure to use additional packaging when needed.  Shipping damage to Beachcombers is not covered.  

If the return has not been pre-authorized or is not in original condition with all retail packaging, a 15% restocking fee will be charged, so contact us, include the invoice/return form, and package the item safely.

Sometimes there are special circumstances.   Contact us, as we are happy to work with you.  Remember, we are human and have feelings too. Sugar will get you further than vinegar and flattery will get you everywhere!

As much as I'd like to pretend I'm perfect (quite normally I am, you know), we do make mistakes.  If you find a mistake (how embarrassing!), please contact us so that we can correct it as soon as possible.

Policies subject to review or change without notice.

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How do I return or exchange a purchase?
To send an item(s) back to Beachcombers for return, exchange, or store credit:

  1. You must contact us within 30 days of receipt of order for return authorization.
    email:  beachcombers@ShopBeachcombers.com  phone: 407-236-7878 Tue-Fri 10-5 EST

  2. Fill out and include the return form on the back of your invoice, and package the item carefully. The item(s) must be in new re-sellable condition with all original retail packaging (this does not refer to bubble wrap, shipping box or similar).

  3. Send package to...
    Beachcombers! Returns
    2525 Edgewater Dr
    Orlando FL 32804

  4. Smile!  It was easy!

Cost of return shipping is not covered by Beachcombers.

If the return has not been pre-authorized or is not in original condition with all retail packaging, a 15% restocking fee will be charged, so contact us, include the invoice/return form, and package the item safely.

Shipping damage is not covered.  Please use the original packing materials or your own packing materials to insure a safe return. You may insure the package at your cost.

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Can I check the shipping status of my order online?
Yes.  When your order is shipped out an email is sent to you that will include a tracking number.
 

Why can't I track my international order?
Once an international order has left the USA the tracking may not be available.  It will depend on the carrier in your country if they will update the tracking info.

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Will you mark my international order as a gift?
No. It is unlawful to falsify a customs form. We always mark the true value of your international order on the customs form and include a copy of the invoice for customs.  I
nternational orders may have additional Value Added Tax (VAT), duties, and/or other fees due.  We have no control over these fees and cannot predict if and what you may be charged.  These fees are the responsibility of the recipient and cannot be prepaid.


Where is my international order?
All international orders must go through the customs process of your country.  Depending on the regulations and workload of your country's Customs Authority, your shipment may be delayed for customs clearance.  Please contact your local Customs Authority for details.

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Security & Privacy

How will my personal information be used?
Please refer to our security and privacy page.

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Payment & Order Changes

Beachcombers! accepts:

  •  Visa MastercardDiscoverAmerican Express
  • PayPal?eBay's service to make fast, easy, and secure payments for your eBay purchases! (eChecks subject to clearing)


Florida residents add 6.5% sales tax.

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Can I change my order once submitted?
Yes, if the order has not been shipped. If you need to make a change to your order, you can contact us at 1-866-454-8772 Tues-Fri 10-5 or email us. Please have your order number ready so that we can reference your order.
 

Will sales tax be applied to my order?
For Florida residents a 6.5% sales tax is applied to the order.  No sales tax is charged for any orders outside of Florida.

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Depending on the child's age some of our items may fit.  The smallest khussa size we carry many times will fit pre-teens and older. 
 
Our glass bangles are not recommended for children.  Glass bangles can and will break from children playing as they are not aware of how delicate the bangles can be. The broken pieces can cut and may be swallowed by small children.  For this reason we do not carry child size glass bangles.
 
Though our henna is all natural we do not recommend any henna being used on children under eight.  Never use any type of henna on a baby. 

 

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