8 Unexpected Brands You Didn’t Know Were on Zappos
We love shopping Zappos for their vast shoe inventory and fast, free shipping. But did you know you can shop unexpected brands on Zappos? Here are our favorite under-the-radar clothing and shoe brands you might not expect on Zappos. And yes, they ship for free!
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Mm Lafleur was founded by a career woman who was tired of boring pantsuits. With a creative director who used to work for Zac Posen, it’s no surprise their goal is for working women to have a curated and versatile wardrobe that’s stress-free. Instead of traditional stores, Mm Lafleur has showrooms and pop-up shops. And now, you can shop their women’s workwear separates (including plus-sizes) and shoes on Zappos.
Our Mm Lafleur pick
If you’re still on the hunt for a perfectly tailored white-collared button-down shirt, your search is over. This one is made from wrinkle-resistant fabric and it’s machine washable—so you can actually wear it all the time. No more dry cleaning!
Atoms noticed that most people wear shoes that don’t really fit and aren’t all that comfortable. And they solved those problems. First, Atoms sells shoes in quarter sizes—and they allow customers to purchase a pair of two different size shoes. It’s a lifesaver for anyone whose feet don’t fit the usual mold. The shoemakers also designed midsoles and outsoles with a lightweight and durable rubber for more comfort with each step.
Our Atoms pick
Atoms Model 000 is an everyday sneaker designed to dress up or down. But, these sneakers actually fit, since you can purchase them in quarter sizes. And check out the laces: they’re designed to stay tied. Better yet, Atoms are machine washable so they’ll look fresh all year. Check out the winter boots we’re definitely buying from Zappos.
Mahabis reimagined slippers. These are minimalist slippers designed for maximum comfort. The neoprene heel cradle holds your feet in place as you walk (no more slippery slippers) and hybrid soles are safe for wearing out of the house. That’s right, you won’t have to change out of your slippers when you walk the dog or get the mail.
Our Mahabis pick
Zappos offers five pairs of Mahabis slippers, but we like this classic pair with the cheery yellow soles. The wool is sourced from Australia and New Zealand, so you know they’re cozy in cold weather.
You might not be thinking of a bikini at this exact moment, but tuck away Helen Jon for your next vacation or pool day. Helen Jon is part of the slow fashion movement. That is, they design swimwear, beachwear, and loungewear with care towards high-quality materials and the right fit that’s meant to be worn for years. Yes, that means you won’t have to shop for a new swimsuit every year. A true blessing.
Our Helen Jon pick
There are so many fantastic Helen Jon finds on Zappos, from well-fitting bikini tops to comfy lounge pants to relaxed shirt dresses, but we really love the Sunset Key Black Island Surf Shirt. Anyone who cares about protecting their skin from the sun’s rays will appreciate the UPF 50+ fabrication. Plus, the length and fit are flattering and the black-and-white geometric pattern will match most solid color swimsuits in your closet.
If you love, love, love the look of ballerina flats but have a hard time finding a pair that: 1) fit and 2) are comfortable for walking long distances, then we have good news. Margaux has your back. The shoe company offers shoes three widths and a size range from U.S. 3 to 14. Past wearers say they can walk ten miles in this brand. Check out these tips for keeping your shoes fresh.
Our Margaux pick
Let’s get real, ballet flats are undeniably chic but they can be uncomfortable and retain odors over time. That isn’t the case with Margaux’s, The Demi. These platinum beauties feature a round-toe silhouette evocative of Audrey Hepburn’s iconic style, with a supportive leather insole, a plush foam footbed, and breathable lining for all-day comfort.
Psudo is a breath of fresh air. Their sneakers are 100 percent locally sourced and produced at a solar-powered facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The brand believes in producing sneakers built with eco-friendly fabric made of up to 75 percent recycled material. Psudo sneakers are machine washable and feature ergonomic soles and a sweat-wicking lining that’s water-resistant. Oh, and they’re super cute!
Our Psudo pick
Just looking at a pair of rainbow-hued Psudo Courts makes us smile. And look closely, those aren’t real laces. Psudo uses graphics instead of shoelaces to minimize waste and streamline manufacturing. If you’re tired of the same old fast-fashion sneakers made cheaply in China, Psudo is the brand for you.
Loly in the Sky
Loly in the Sky makes quirky vegan footwear akin to kitschy works of art. Girly-girls will appreciate fun details like cat decals with gold whiskers, sunshine yellow sneakers (embroidered with “Hello, Sunshine!), and vintage-inspired polka dot heels with ice cream cone heels. These shoes bring a dash of whimsy and conversation to any outfit, and the price point is lower than you might expect.
Our Loly in the Sky pick
The Brendas in one word: adorable. Oxford-inspired metallic shoes feature the image of an embroidered dog on one toe and the dog’s red leash on the other. We also love the faux leather brown cord ties, and the polka dot interiors. It’s clear Loly designed their shoes with attention to detail.
It’s no surprise this eco-friendly, laidback shoe brand is based in San Diego. Patara was founded by brothers who decided they needed a pair of versatile shoes while backpacking in Southeast Asia. The result is a line of men’s and women’s shoes made with quality and sustainable materials like hemp, cork, organic cotton, recycled PET, and natural rubber.
Our Patara pick
The Patara Nomads hit the sweet spot between casual and put together. It’s a California coastal redesign of the classic derby silhouette, and it’s available in buttoned-up blue or the more dynamic Chiang Mai colors and striped pattern. The cork and recycled foam insole minimize odors, so yeah—go ahead and wear these without socks. Now, if you purchase any of these shoes, and they’re just not quite right, don’t fret—Zappos is one of the retailers with the best return policies out there.