ShoeMint Review <3

Hello everyone! ;)

This took some time to do, just ’cause I had to wait for the shoes I wanted, and I had to try them out for a while. But here it is at last: ShoeMint! <3

So quick background for those who don’t know yet: ShoeMint is another branch of the BeachMint company. This subscription e-store has made huge online success with ShoeMint and other branches like StyleMint, BeautyMint, JewelMint, and most recently HomeMint. Other than ShoeMint, the other branch I subscribed to is JewelMint, which I reviewed last month. Read it here.

Months after it launched, ShoeMint finally opened its network to Canada– hoorraaayy! The shoes in ShoeMint are manufactured by the Steve Madden shoe company. That being said, the quality of the shoes are comparable to the quality of Steve Madden shoes. Make of that what you will: If you like Steve Madden shoes (like me!), then ShoeMint would appeal to you. In general, Steve Madden shoes are quite good, not the best (occasionally there are some issues), but one of the most well-known shoe brands.

The listed USA price is $79.99, with free shipping. But that’s only in USA. For Canadians,  a shipping price of 19.99 CAD is added to the listed price for a total of 99.99 CAD (or 100 CAD per pair of shoes). Yikes! What a leap!

So the big issue is the price and quality. Is $80, or 100 CAD (and maybe even more for international buyers in the future) worth it? Is the quality worth the price? My honest answer is: ‘depends how much you like the shoes.

Spending $80-100 is a huge investment, but that is also the average price of a good pair of heels. And by “good”, I mean the ones that last at least a year’s worth of wear, and comfy after breaking in, etc. If you are already a shoe addict, you’re probably used to spending on a similar price range, if not slightly higher, on a good pair. My bias is that I’m a shoe addict and a Madden fan, so I think 100 CAD for a nice pair of Madden pumps (my fave type of shoes) is a good deal! Other girls who are not so partial to shoes will probably say that $80-100 for a pair of shoes, and as a subscription charge is not worth it.

While I love ShoeMint for its tie-up with Steve Madden, that collaboration is also another issue. ShoeMint seems to be an extension of the Madden line, so there is almost always a dupe or replica pair between the two brands. For example, ShoeMint’s best-selling Edith pumps is the exact replica of Madden’s Viktoree (I have this in purple! <3). Or that  ShoeMint’s Veronique is a dupe for Madden’s Intrude, and many many more comparisons. So if you already have good access to a Madden store, you’re not missing out much by skipping ShoeMint. But on the other hand, between ShoeMint and Steve Madden, ShoeMint almost always has the cheapest price for the similar pair. ShoeMints are always going to be $80 or 100 CAD, while Madden’s are usually $100+. That works for me…

Honestly though, I love ShoeMint. I can forego every other BeachMint branch except this. The quality of the shoes seems to be worth the price… for a shoe lover. Plus, the customer service is also very good! Great communication and free return/exchange (even in Canada) in a given period. The styles are chic and fun. It really is a shoe addict’s haven. I’m definitely hooked! My only advice is: Before you buy a pair from ShoeMint, check out the Steve Madden website for a similar style. While ShoeMint is almost always the cheaper pair, Steve Madden might have the similar style on sale for an even cheaper price! If you’re in the USA, then the free shipping all the way is a huge bonus for you!
Check out the 2 pairs I got:
Rosemary in Black Patent –> classic black heels. <3 perfect for any occasion, whether formal, casual or business. :) Be careful breaking into these though… ouchies the first time!

Olivia in Blush Suede –> LOVE! Simple yet sexy, and surprisingly comfy to wear! My fave on ShoeMint as of yet! I just can’t get enough of it! The colour is actually more like a dirty-pink, to soft brown suede. Hmmm….

Whew! Another long post and ramble. But I hope you guys at least found it entertaining. :D

Stay tuned for more haul and goodies posts! I’m going to feature some pairings with these shoes.

That’s all for now!

XOXOXO, Jenica!

19 thoughts on “ShoeMint Review <3

    • totally! :)) I’m obsessed with anything nude! But this color is quite odd: it’s supposed to blush pink, but it comes out as a more dirty-pink-brown… I guess it’s the suede. Unusually cute color. :)

  1. You could be a shoe model dear. And while I wouldn’t spend 80 dollars on a nail polish (or would I?), I understand the bias that an addict has. ;) Besides! These are SHOES. Gorgeous ones at that :) I like the Olivia suede! Great review Jen, super informative and impeccably written as always.

    • HAHAHA! Totally. :P Being a shoe addict is kinda crazy, and I’m trying to be more conservative about it (like so far buying only 2 pairs for now…ehehe.). And an $80 nail polish would be crazy!!! Unless, they tell me it has real gold leafs and diamond dust or something (ooooohhhh).

    • Well… if you have steve maddens at your end, then that’s as good as ShoeMint. :) Plus, if ever it does open internationally, and the shipping price would be greater than $20 (that’s the CAD shipping), then I don’t think it’s a bargain for international buyers… where you from? :)

  2. I disagree with this article. I have purchased 2 pairs of shoes from ShoeMint. I am completely dissatisfied with the quality. They are not worth the money. I got the “Chloe” pair and the strap broke after a month.

  3. I bought one pair of shoes Oct 2012 — cute shoes, but very cheaply made and damaged quickly. Then, today (Aug 2013), I find out that for the past three months (note, this began about 6 months AFTER I purchased my first pair), ShoeMint has been charging me $80 per month in “credits”!!! There was no agreement I made with them since my last purchase, and if I received any notification (along with their other monthly spam), it was not well-marked enough to warrant attention. When I called the company, they agreed to refund the most recent month’s charges, but nothing more. I am currently disputing the other charges with my credit card company. STAY AWAY!

  4. ShoeMint used to be great, I bought a fantastic pair of boots last year, but there quality has drastically reduced since then. I recently purchased 3 pairs of shoes and when they arrived there was something wrong with all 3 pairs! Scuff marks or a corrosive substance had been dripped on the toes of one pair, the material being so badly attached to the sole of the shoe that it buckled in a terrible way on another pair, and the discoloration of leather on the last pair that there were big grey stripes on nude colored leather. If there was only 1 pair with a problem I could see it as maybe an accidental slip, but 3 pairs? I cancelled my account.

  5. Hello!

    I just wanted to take the time to explain how ShoeMint work. After the first credit card purchase that enrolls you in our preferred membership where you can either “skip the month” or a $79.98 store credit is placed into your account. Skipping the month is very easy! You would just have to log into your account and click “skip the month” in the top right hand corner between the 1st-5th. Once you click that link and confirm the skip, you are not billed anything! There is never an obligation to pay and essentially the membership can be completely free.

    If you wanted to read further into our membership it is explained in a paragraph disclaimer directly under the “purchase” button at checkout, on your confirmation email after your first purchase, on our promotional emails as well as our FAQs, Terms of Service and How it works page.

    Other benefits of our membership include a personalized showroom based on the style quiz our customers take at sign up. Keep in mind, that all products are available for purchase. You do not have to solely pick from your showroom selection. We also offer Mintsider rewards points after each purchase you make on our site. You receive 10 points for each dollar you spend. These points can be redeemed for free merchandise. We also constantly have promotional offers for our preferred members. They could include free gifts with purchase, a percentage off ShoeMint shoes, double Mint rewards and many more!

    We take pride in the quality of our shoes, but if our product ever falls short of your expectations, we offer prepaid return labels to send back our merchandise. You would just need to contact customer care within our return policy time period of 30 days and they would be happy to assist you with a return or exchange.

    If anyone ever has additional questions or concerns please feel free to contact customer care at: shoemint 888-483-8093, customercare@shoemint.com or live chat with us. Have a wonderful day!

    Sincerely,
    BeachMint Support

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