8 Things You’re Not Buying at Zappos—But Should
Shoes are just the beginning of what your favorite footwear site has to offer.
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Sure, you know that you should be buying shoes at Zappos. With thousands of selections of all different types of footwear available at the click of a button, it’s been a go-to shopping site for the past 20+ years. But a lot has happened in two decades. Zappos has ventured well beyond shoes, expanding its offerings in a massive way, and if you haven’t been paying attention, you’ve been seriously missing out. From jewelry and swimwear to—yep—shoes that are hard to find elsewhere, here’s what should be on your radar. Choose wisely and a few simple, affordable pieces can upgrade your entire wardrobe.
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Looking for cute, on-trend costume jewelry that won’t break the bank? Zappos is about to become your new BFF. Its well-curated collection kind of looks like what you’d find if you were rifling through your coolest friend’s jewelry box. You’ll find brands such as Rebecca Minkoff, Alex and Ani, Madewell, J.Crew, and Swarovski—and the vast majority of the pieces are well under $100. This Lucky Brand necklace instantly dresses up an outfit and gives it an effortlessly chic, summery vibe. Stock up and you’ll definitely need to learn these 18 clever ways to organize your jewelry.
Does anyone actually like shopping for swimwear? We’re going to go out on a limb here and say very, very, very few people. Pandemic shopping issues aside, if you’re in a store, the lighting can leave a lot to be desired. And if you’re shopping online, it can be hard to find exactly what you want—unless you’re on Zappos, that is. In addition to sorting suits by size, color, and style, you can sort by patterns and accents. Our favorite, though, is the “features” filter, where you can click the little boxes to find suits with built-in bras, removable pads, UPF ratings, quick-drying materials, and more. Plus, you can buy bikini tops and bottoms separately to ensure you get the perfect fit. This J.Crew Gavotte Floral Ring Bandeau Tank can be worn with or without straps. For more guidance on picking the right swimwear for you, learn the 11 common swimsuit mistakes people make—and how to fix them.
Acknowledging that one size and style does not fit all, Zappos offers an entire section devoted to adaptive wear for people with disabilities or other special needs. Launched in 2017, Zappos Adaptive includes seated clothing for those in wheelchairs, easy-dressing items with magnetic buttons, sensory-friendly clothing, easy-on/easy-off shoes, and even medical wear (for example, flattering yet comfortable shirts with port access). To make sure its offerings are spot-on, the company regularly consults with experts, people with disabilities, and focus groups to find out exactly what’s missing in the market and how it can help. These Seven7able Seated Slim Straight Joggers in a dark-wash-denim style, for example, have a Velcro closure at the side and a Velcro thigh pocket.
People who love Birkenstocks really love Birkenstocks. And what’s not to love? They’re super comfy, built to last, and versatile. Unfortunately, unscrupulous sellers looking to make a quick buck have flooded the Internet with counterfeits—at lower prices and lower quality. The Arizona, shown here, is one of the styles that gets counterfeited the most, along with the Gizeh Birko-Flor. But Zappos is one of Birkenstocks’ certified sellers, so you can be sure you’re getting the real deal. Find out which Birkenstock style has nearly 4,000 five-star ratings on Zappos.
Shoes of all sizes
Whether you’re looking for size four or a size 12 (and even smaller or larger), in ultra-narrow or wide, you’ve got options. For those who’ve struggled to find something other than the popular 8 medium, this is a godsend. Plus, of course, they’re all right there for your perusal—no specialty stores to scour and no slim pickings. You’ll find everything from sandals and flats to boots and sneakers, and all you have to do is choose the proper size filter on the left. Of course, not every shoe is available in every size, but at least you know there’s the possibility that you can find what you want.
Sam Edelman’s Felicia flats, for example, are available in sizes four through 14, while the new Faryl by Farylrobin sandal collection, which is exclusive to Zappos, come in sizes five to 16. The black-and-white Faryl Montclares shown here are comfy and go with almost everything, but if you’re looking for some eye-popping colors, try the Monty. By the way, here’s what your favorite shoes say about your personality.
Not sure what to get Dad for Father’s Day? Zappos has a few ideas—from watches and wallets to shoes and loungewear. The same goes for other recipients and holidays throughout the year. Zappos offers rotating curated selections, sorted by price and category, that make shopping easy. Yes, you can find that feature on many sites, but what you might not find is an amazing return policy, which gives your recipient an entire year to return the item (as long as it hasn’t been worn and the tags are still on). If you’re looking for something extra thoughtful, check out these personalized gifts that really go the extra mile.
Looking for a cute beach tote? Check. How about a new bag for when you head back to the office and also a backpack to bring on a hike? Check, check. Rivaling the selection at any department store, Zappos’ collection of bags is massive. There are hundreds of selections in every style category—at a variety of price points. It’s super easy to find what you’re looking for…and also super easy to go a little overboard. We have our eye on this Vera Bradley Front Pocket Straw ToteDon’t say we didn’t warn you! Do you have these 12 classic bags in your closet? If not, you should!
Dresses, jeans, shirts, and all the rest
With adorable finds in all clothing categories and across a variety of styles—like this flirty, floral maxi dress from Volcom—Zappos has become a one-stop-shop for all your fashion needs. Plus, if you’re a member of the military, a teacher, or a student, you’ll have some added incentive to buy: You’ll get 10 percent off your purchase every time you order. Next, find out what you should always buy on Amazon.
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