My first purchase from ShoeMint (the new venture for Rachel Bilson & Nicole Chavez in collaboration with Steve Madden & BeachMint) arrived at my doorstep yesterday. I ordered the taupe ‘Jolly’ booties in a half size up (based on the sites recommendation) and couldn’t be happier with my purchase. The shoes go for $79.98 but have been offering numerous promos and discounts at launch, so I purchased them at a slight discount. I hope that discount trend continues because I can see myself being tempted to purchase more from them in the future.  

Not only are these shoes stylish, but they are incredibly comfortable considering the height (3 1/2″ wedge). Just this morning I’ve walked a mile in them and I’m not even exaggerating! Today, I styled them with J.Crew’s matchstick cords in a wine color & a sheer nude colored blouse from H&M.  They seem like they will be pretty versatile, so I expect to get a lot of wear out of them! I would say they are a bit roomy, so I’m not sure going up a half size was completely necessary for me, but for these particular shoes it shouldn’t be an issue because A) they lace up and B) can be worn with socks.

Also, a quick note on ShoeMint’s customer service, the site was overwhelmed with orders (most styles if not all of them are currently sold out), but they still responded to my emails & questions in a timely manner. I did however have to email twice to get a tracking number. I received the tracking number at 12pm yesterday directly from customer service. My shoes were incidentally delivered at 10am yesterday. As of this morning, with the shoes on my feet, my order still says processing under my account settings on the ShoeMint site. I found that to be a little funny, but these hiccups are expected with a big (and wildly successful) launch. In this case, no harm, no foul. 

7 Comments on ShoeMint ‘Jolly’ Booties Review

  1. meghan
    December 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I also bought these and love them! I went half a size up as well and am glad I did. They just fit me a little funky in the heel…But I’m definitely keeping them. I wore them with leggings yesterday and am hoping for some matchstick cords for Christmas to wear them with. I can’t wait to see the January line!

  2. Queen of Mayhem
    December 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm (6 years ago)

    How durable are the shoes? I’m afraid they will die fairly quickly. 🙁

  3. Melanie Sweeney
    December 16, 2011 at 10:49 pm (6 years ago)

    So far they are holding up well, and I’ve been wearing them out and about quite a bit. They aren’t showing any wear. I did spray them with suede protectant to make them a bit more water resistant. I don’t plan on running around in the rain in these bad boys though! I hope they last a long while. I’ve had bad luck with Steve Madden flats falling apart, but boots & heels usually hold up pretty well for me.

  4. Brandy
    December 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm (6 years ago)

    I purchased a pair from there and did not have the same luck. The shoes cut off right on my ankle bone and when I wore them around the house they cut into the side. It was painful and I am returning them. And, there is a $9.95 restocking fee, even if they are returned in the same condition. So, I will no longer be purchasing shoes from them and I have removed my name from their service. Highly disappointed.

  5. Lauren
    December 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm (6 years ago)

    They look more grey in your photos than the taupe on the website. How would you describe the color?


  6. Lauren
    December 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm (6 years ago)

    They look grey in your photos rather than the taupe on Shoe Mint’s website. How would you describe the color?


  7. Melanie Sweeney
    December 30, 2011 at 3:13 pm (6 years ago)

    They are a greyish taupe. I would say definitely more grey than tan. They look great with both black & brown. I recommend wearing them with socks or tights, I wore them with a shorter sock and on my left ankle I did get a mark, not a huge painful blister or anything, but they do cut off pretty high on the ankle.