I’m afraid I’ve been bitten by the box bug ever since subscribing to Stitch Fix – because they don’t offer shoes as part of their service, I turned to Just Fab, an “online subscription fashion retailer that carries a selection of shoes, handbags, jewelry, and denim.” (Thanks, Wikipedia!) I won’t go into the nitty gritty details, but they offered me a fabulous 75% discount off my first purchase, a spring 2-for-the-price-of-1 sale and free 7 day shipping, which made my final payment so much nicer and lighter at checkout.
The first pair I ordered was a Kimmy in taupe (a brownish beige color). They are a cross between flats and sandals and the pair that I have worn pretty much the entire week since I received them. I am always on the lookout for a good pair of flats since I only have one other pair and I seem to go through them like my dog goes through her doggy food (sickeningly fast). One thing I’d like to see an improvement on is the quality of material on the back of the heel – in the process of breaking these shoes in the skin above my heel and behind the ankles was rubbed painfully raw. But that still won’t stop me from wearing these lovelies around.
The second pair I ordered was Angela in nude – never owned a pair of nude strappy heels before, but these were too super cute on the website. I plan on taking them for a spin this upcoming weekend.
The third and final pair of shoes I ordered was a pair of black booties called Nenna. Style-wise they remind me of one of my favorite pairs of footwear ever, which I bought from Target years ago on a whim despite being a half size too big, and proceeded to lovingly wear them down to the soles (literally – rainy days became an issue for me because of all the holes). I’m hoping this new pair will live and love for a long time too!
Overall notes: I feel I scored a pretty great deal with these three shoes, though I’m not sure I’ll continue my JustFab subscription just yet. While they do prompt first time users with a short quiz on footwear tastes and interests, there is virtually no other stylist-user interaction besides receiving a seemingly computer-generated list of monthly recommendations for shoes to buy. Their return policies are also not as intuitive or convenient, requiring users to pay for return shipping and not providing much upfront information or packaging to do so. The experience feels very much like buying shoes from any other online retailer, except with the added inconvenience of a monthly fee if you forget within the first 5 days of the month to tell JustFab that you want to skip that month’s box. The branding is super cute, but there’s definitely a lot more JustFab can do to make it the more personalized and delightful shopping experience it claims to be.
These are, however, my own opinions and not to be taken as any sort of advice – if you feel you would like to check out their service and give it the old college try, you can use my referral link here to get started: http://www.justfab.com/invite/deniselovesyou/