I have an obsession with shoes which started in my teens. Collecting shoes can be an expensive and time consuming hobby. Thank God that there are a number of online clubs that are popping up all over the internet to “support” and in my case, help to curb the shoe collection of women like myself, who are obsessed with shoes.
“In a cyber twist to the traditional monthly sales clubs, shoe membership websites have become a hit among fashion-forward women, who say they bring together the convenience and affordability of shopping online with the personalized experience offered in a boutique.” —LA Times
(I encourage you to read this entire article. It goes into the problems that these online clubs are creating for traditional brick and mortar retail stores.)
Several months ago I gave in to the temptation of one of the shoe club advertisements that beckoned to me from the far right corner of my computer screen. I figure I would get in, take the 50% discount on one pair of shoes and get out. However, several months later I have purchased 3 pairs of boots, one wedge, two platforms, one bootie and recently during a “two for” deal, two more pointy toe beauties which are on their way. (I’ll share my shoe haul with you in a future post). It’s helped with my obsession because I limit my purchase to one pair per month. For that reason, joining one of these shoe clubs might be worth it.
$29.95 per month for two pairs, with free shipping. I am not really familiar with this club and I didn’t sign up or login to take a look at their selections. The $29.95 per month for two pairs of shoes is both tempting and problematic. Tempting because that means its more shoes for me. Problematic because its more shoes to find storage for.
$39.95 for one pair, with free shipping. I have been a member of JustFab (Kimora Lee Simmons is the president and creative director) since last summer. I like the convenience of not having to poor over thousands of styles before finally finding something that makes me drool. However, they tend to stock shoes that are very tall. I mean seriously tall. I can see way over the top of my refrigerator, tall. I have an inner ear problem which makes balance an issue for me from time to time, so really tall shoes scare me. I don’t particular like their leatherette products either. They photograph well, but in person some of them look cheap. When I make my selection, I tend to pick something that has texture or suede like material and so far, I’ve been happy with my selections (really tall shoes and all).
By the way, I am surprised by the number of people who are filing complaints asserting that JustFab is a scam. They do tell you that they charge $39.95 per month. It also says that you have the option to opt out by the 5th of every month. To find out more on how Justfab works, read here.
$39.95 per month, free shipping. This is the company co-owned by Kim Kardashian. I went through their style questionnaire and I am absolutely in love with the shoes which they say match my style personality. I might be jumping ship from JustFab for this site.
$39.95 (not sure if this is monthly or a pay as you go plan or if there is an extra charge for shipping). I am honestly not too familiar with this site. I came across it when I was doing my research for this post. I signed up (there is no fashion questionnaire) and I saw some of the same shoes that are featured on Lulus and GoJane sites. The shoes are trendy and young. They also have different shoe collections: Privee, where all shoes are $39.95; Luxe with shoes ranging from $49.95 to $59.95 and Barganistas with shoes discounted 20, 40 or 50% off of the $39.95 prices.
5. Sole Society
$49.95– pay as you go, free shipping in the contiguous United States. Sole Society is a spinoff from HauteLook which is owned by Nordstroms. There is a fashion questionnaire like the other sites and according to my style bio:
“When it comes to style, you’re policy is no-holds-barred unstoppable glamour. You’re not afraid to add a little drama to every look, from oversized designer sunglasses to the handbag of-the-moment. Your look is polished wherever you go and you live for anything luxe, from lingerie to the perfect red lipstick. You’re in-the-know when it comes to the latest fashion trends and bring a runway aesthetic to every ensemble.”
Ummmm, ok..glad that they couldn’t see my workwear last Friday and that they can’t tell that I really wear granny panties, but yeah everything else sounds right. I really like their selections that were pulled for me based on my above style bio. They have a lace up oxford cut-out heel with tassle trim called the Talitha that is a must have for my collection. I think this is the right club for women who love quality shoes but don’t want to pay full price.
$79.98, per month, free shipping. This site is owned by BeachMint, the same company that owns StyleMint, BeautyMint and JewelMint. Like the other sites, ShoeMint requires you to complete a style questionnaire. Once this is completed, actress and fashion icon Rachel Bilson and celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez picks shoes that are based on the answers from my style questionnaire (well, that’s what it says…) and I select the best one. What I like about this site is that all shoes are made by Steve Madden, that they give you tips on how to style them and that all of the shoes are up to 80% off of retail prices. I am not sure about the 80%, but I know the Edith (sold out) aka Steve Madden Viktoree (looks very similar to Christian Louboutin’s Lady Daf Platform Mary Jane pumps $995) retails for $130 on other sites.
Remember, looking stylish and expensive can really be inexpensive.
Ossie took my photo!