My obsession with shoes, and to be honest, all things fashion, originally brought me to ShoeDazzle which inspired me to create this website over a year ago. More recently my passion for fashion and great deals have inspired me to venture out and try other shoe clubs.
I did some research and found JustFab to be the obvious next choice in shoe clubs to try. Let me tell you I was not let down. After more than a few months of trying them out, I can say: I am a huge fan!
Now that I have two clubs to compare, let the reviews, critiques and down right battles begin! I've updated my original ShoeDazzle review on the left and added my comparison review of JustFab right next to it. If you don't have the time to read the full reviews, then click here to read my final verdict!
If you’re thinking about signing up for ShoeDazzle but aren’t sure, you have come to the right place. I signed up to this shoe club back when they first opened their doors and have been a member ever since. So I am going to be sure to give you the good and the bad about the service in my in-depth ShoeDazzle review.
If you haven’t heard about ShoeDazzle, here’s the skinny: each month you get a selection of fabulous designer shoes picked out especially for you. And the cost? $39.95! Yup, personalized celebrity stylist recommendations for you with the option to buy any pair starting at $39.95 a month. Now, when I originally wrote this review, the cost of every item on ShoeDazzle was $39.95, but now unfortunately some items are priced a little higher. But both shipping and exchanges are still free!
Kim Kardashian founded the ShoeDazzle shoe club and the idea behind it is that it's like having her as your personal shoe stylist. They have a team of top stylists who's goal is to pick out the hottest fashions just for you. On top of that you’ll get a great deal on the shoes. It’s what lead me to this service to begin with and why I originally told all my friends about it. Some of my more dramatic friends are even called this service shoe heaven in their own ShoeDazzle reviews after they first tried it out! I like to think of these types of shoe clubs as shoe crack.
The first step is taking a brief and fun fashion survey so the ShoeDazzle stylists get to know your fashion personality. They give you pictures of celebrities and you choose which ones you think have the best style. Then, based on your answers, their stylists select 5 shoe options for you each month. You pick your perfect pair and it’s delivered to your door. Or, you tell them to try again and send you 5 more styles, then you pick your favorite.
When you go to the ShoeDazzle site, you might be turned off by some
of the out-there styles, depending on your taste. But fear not,
ShoeDazzle actually has a good variety of shoes – not just the high
heels they feature on their sign up page. For my first month’s order I told the stylists that I wanted flats and here’s a few of the shoes they showed me:
You can also choose none of the shoes and simply forget about that month, or request new selections. Unlike other buying clubs, ShoeDazzle doesn't require it's members to log in and skip the month if you don't want to buy anything. So if you don’t like what you see or just don’t feel like buying a pair of shoes that month (I don’t know any woman like that!) it’s no problem. I’ll admit that my first showroom was not exactly doing it for me so I asked them to try again. I gave them some more information based on follow up questions and the second showroom was a little bit better. After the first few months since I originally joined I noticed a lot of nice styles that I liked and I bought at least a couple pairs a month. However, as of the last 6 or 7 months I haven't found too much to get excited about. I'm still a member though and check my showroom each month just to see if something catches my eye.
The company’s stylists are a ‘who’s who’ of the fashion world. In addition to Kim Kardashian, who is the company’s Chief Fashion Stylist, there are folks like Michael Bassolino from HSN’s Designers Challenge, Merika Rock, who writes a weekly style column for the CBS Network, and Camille Jumelle who dresses celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and Amy Adams. The bottom line is that all of the shoes they select for you are fashion forward and in style right now.
ShoeDazzle Shoe Quality
Enough about the company, now for the shoes. So…what are the shoes really like? I have to say that I haven't had too many issues with any of the shoes that I've ordered from ShoeDazzle and to be honest, most pairs really don’t look like $40 shoes. No fooling. They truely do look like they are more expensive and I get compliments whenever I wear my ShoeDazzle shoes out on the town. Seriously – I’m not just spouting off either – people really do notice my shoes!
As for quality, I have found the shoes to be surprisingly well made and I’ve read the same thing on other ShoeDazzle reviews. While you won’t necessarily get genuine leather or suede at this low a price (which is great for you vegan shoe lovers), the shoes do not look cheap at all. The stitching and molding is carefully done and the design is super stylish. Even more impressive, the shoes are remarkably comfortable despite the fact that some of them have 5 inch heels. How they make a 5 inch pump actually comfortable, I don’t know, but they do it!
The shipping is prompt, accurate, and did I mention free? I literally giggle when I see the FedEx man with my ShoeDazzle box. He must think I’m nuts. Returns and exchanges are free as well, however my latest exchange did take a couple of months from start to finish which was a bit of a bummer.
Pros and Cons
While I love ShoeDazzle and have been a very happy customer for awhile now, there are some things to keep in mind. Some ShoeDazzle reviews you read will only talk about the good stuff, but I want you to have a balanced perspective before plunking down your hard-earned cash.
- If you’re looking for regular, everyday shoes this is probably not your best bet. ShoeDazzle specializes in fun, fabulous, “go out” shoes, though they do have a small selection of sandals and flats that are more everyday-type shoes.
- Not all shoes are actually $39.95 anymore and some cost a little bit more. Boots in particular all seem to have a higher price tag, which is a drag if you live in colder climates and want to get some great deals on boots.
- Compared to other shoe clubs, their website seems to be lacking and they don't offer much in the way of extras to reward members for shopping there.
Now the Pros:
- Their shoes are great looking, fashion-forward shoes with surprisingly good quality and they are actually comfortable.
- Great designs. ShoeDazzle has lined up some of the best known stylists in the industry to select your shoes so you know you’ll always be in fashion. As I mentioned above, their styles seem to be lacking as of late, but that's just this one gal's opinion.
- Personalized selections. The stylists do a great job of matching their shoes to your own personal style. If you have a preference for flats they won’t show you high heels except to maybe stretch you out of your comfort zone a bit. They are stylists and it’s in their nature. If you like more classic looks they won’t show you crazy, out there designs but they might throw in faux snake skin platforms with big buckles just to give you something to chew on.
- Shipping is free and exchanges are free. All of my dealings with ShoeDazzle customer service have been fairly good, although I wish they had longer phone hours.
- No obligation. If you don’t like the selection of shoes for any given month you can simply forget about that month. Unlike other shoe clubs, ShoeDazzle doesn't require you to log-in to skip the month anymore which I really love.
Overall my experience with ShoeDazzle has been overwhelmingly positive and even though I've found them to fall of a bit over the last few months compared to the competition, I still would recommend trying them out if you don't mind signing up for multiple shoe clubs.
They still do have the odd shoe come up here and there that I absolutely have to buy, so I think I will be keeping my membership there and checking in for the forseeable future.