Our wonderful friends at Zappos.com are sponsoring our travels with free shoes. We excitedly received them today and after bouncing around the apartment, finally opened up the box and tried them on.
Here’s what they look like:
Why A Shoe Sponsor?
I’ll keep this simple and straightforward… because we will be walking a ton. My shoes were getting elderly, and you can’t walk around too long in skater shoes anyway. So, I opted for the Skechers which are very light, very comfy (I need a ton of arch support and this one has it), and something that won’t look like I’m from out of town too much. These brown Skechers are kinda European looking (so says Tilly), so I’m for ’em.
I do envy Tilly’s shoes though. They are insanely light because the sides and top are just webbing, which allows for a ton of fresh air for your feet. That’s one thing I need, but I couldn’t find a shoe that did that too well, so I went after style and comfort as the next best thing.
Now, as we mention on our sponsors page, we don’t just accept sponsorships from anyone. We want to represent awesome companies everywhere we travel. Zappos is one of those awesome companies.
They are the Amazon.com of shoes, but they don’t see themselves that way. They see themselves as a service company. Zappos gives you free shipping (both ways if you want to return your shoes). I haven’t hit a restriction yet on that fact, which is pretty amazing. Did you order the wrong size? No problem. Didn’t like the color you got? No problem. Just didn’t look the way you thought they would. No problem.
Honestly, who does that?
That’s freaking amazing. Also, they have a Zappos Twitter account to be able to listen to your feedback on their company. And if you know much about me, you know I love Twitter. A company that listens, considers themselves a service company above a product company, etc. This company is amazing!
So, you’ll be seeing photos and videos in about a month from now with us trekking through Europe inside our comfy cozy new Zappos.com shoes.