Friday, January 14, 2011

Wanted Shoes Review

A while back- a long while back- I was contacted by Wanted Shoes to see if I would be interested in reviewing a pair of their shoes. I was invited to pick any pair from the shop, and review at my discretion. I picked out the Tripoli Oxfords (pictured above) because at the time I was working 14 hour shifts on my feet, so I was desperate to find a pair of flat shoes that would be comfortable throughout the workday. To read more about my experience with Wanted, please read my review below:

the PRO:

Fast shipping:
These arrived on my doorstep mere days after placing my order. The company maintained good communication as well, I was notified in a timely manner of when they shipped from the factory.

Wider width and very comfortable:
I have weird feet, they're not necessarily wide but do require extra room around the ball of my foot. These were comfortable and accommodated the wider part of my foot. I also found they ran very true to size, I ordered an 8.5 and they fit just as expected.

I believe they're vegan (but double check):
From what I could tell all Wanted Shoes are non-leather, and from the research I did, it seems they're completely vegan. This means that no animal products are used in the manufacturing of these shoes, from the upper and balance materials, to the glue used to hold the shoe together. This is great for those of us who don't wear leather (I do) and are looking for fashionable footwear. However, if anyone knows more, please let me know. I found Wanted brand shoes listed on a number of vegetarian and vegan shoe websites, so that I where I'm drawing my information.

Fairly priced:
I've seen a lot of very expensive non-leather goods lately, but all the shoes on the Wanted website are very fairly priced. For those of us on a budget, this is definitely a site to check out.

The CON:

I wasn't pleased with the style:
In retrospect I regret ordering the style that I did. The Tripoli's looked odd on my feet, and I think I should have gone with a pair of these boots. Overall, the styles and quality of the boots appear to be superior to the other styles offered on the site. I'm also really picky about my shoes.

Quality was just OK:
but was equal to the price, they seem a bit flimsy and like they wouldn't last more than one season. Like I said, I'm picky about my footwear.

The Verdict:

Not bad, but not the right style for me. The quality was just ok, and since I'm not vegan, I prefer to wear leather shoes because they last longer. There was a good amount of padding on the footbed, but I still needed to add an insole for a long day at work.

Please note: Wanted Shoes is NOT a sponsor of Orchid Grey. Wanted Shoes provided product for the review but this review was unpaid and my honest opinion was expressed. Thank you.


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Rachel said...

Great review; I'm definitely budget-concious when it comes to shoes, so I'll be sure to check them out. :D

Caitlin said...

I almost skipped over reading this and then the word vegan caught my eye. Thanks so much for thinking about adding this to your review!

Kristin Wyly said...

ohhh those are niiiice! The boots are really cute too though! If I wasn't on a spending freeze, I would so offer to buy those from you.

Aly said...

I love how honest this review is. Thanks girl!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

I have a pair of purple shoes that I can only describe as dinosaur shoes from Wanted before they were cool and launched themselves with a new image.

I'm with you. I like my shoes leather and don't have much patience for flimsy plastic-y-ness. Good job on a balanced review.

jesse.anne.o said...

You are SO right about their quality. I had a Wanted pair of flats that fell apart in less than a month:

Payless shoes last longer and cost a fraction of what Wanted shoes cost.

Good for you for doing an honest review!

jesse.anne.o said...

Just a PS - this is not to say that all vegan/pleather shoes are crappy. I have many awesome pairs that are comfortable and last a long time.

Anonymous said...

excellent review, that was really informative and i like how you weren't in thrall to the freebie and gave your honest opinion!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review! I was contemplating whether or not to purchase shoes from Wanted.. Now I know how the quality of their products are..

lyri said...

I think they're not all vegan. I have a pair of Wanted sandals (Peach on the Beach Sandals via Modcloth) that have leather uppers. My experience is that the quality wasn't great, but completely fair considering the affordability. They haven't fallen apart and I've worn them out a lot, but the soles look like they're going to eventually thin out.

Thanks for the honesty of your reviews!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the honest review! Things that can help me live on a budget are always nice, but I'm *so* on a budget that I really need to save up and purchase quality items infrequently instead of cheaper items that need to be replaced every season. I appreciate putting the time in to do this review, thank you!

Cinnamon Wren said...

I'm glad you reviewed Wanted-they're a new company to me, so its nice to see a vegan company for shoes...though I agree with you about preferring leather for their longetivity.
And I'm relieved to hear I'm not the only one who feels that way!
I also have a similar foot thing where my feet aren't actually wide, but near my toes my foot is wider.
Anyway, cheers!
I hope you don't mind if i follow your blog, i enjoy your style. Especially your sense of color!
Feel free to follow me if you like my style, too!

artdecodiamonds said...

Love your shoes.. fantastic!

Laurelann said...

Thanks for the review! It's always really great to see an honest review of something before purchasing.

Anonymous said...

I purchased 3 pairs shoes from Wanted Shoes. I wore them for 3 months and they started to fall apart. I contacted the company and they said it was normal wear and tear. This is completely not true because I get years out of a pair of shoes. My Old Navy $5.00 flip flops have lasted for years. This shoes company makes cheap shoes and does not stand behind them. BEWARE OF WANTED SHOES!!!

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