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.