Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things? Payless…Who Knew They Were Green, Too?

Payless With Zoe&Zac Go Green...

PaylessShoeSource Go Green With Zoe&Zac.

Enough jibber jabber about Just Fab shoes. I saw the picture way back when I first wrote about them. Little did I know the one blog I wrote about them would pick up so many hits. I write because I am opinionated and schooled in journalism. I also adore fashion. But I bristle at the thought of someone trying to pull the wool over my eyes.

On the flip side of the coin, I always give credit to those in business that try to appreciate the customer. The business that not only appreciates you but does so in a fair way. Without standing on a soapbox now, there are various ways to do this, but I’ll tell you there are fair trade practices, businesses that practice green, and fair labor laws.

One of my commentors had remarked about Payless Shoes. I’ve always shopped Payless, amongst actually any shoe retailer. I’m a shoeaholic. So I’m choosing them to do a review.

If you sign up online with your email address (you can do this while at one of their stores or online), you will receive newsletters from them about their BOGO (buy one get one free) specials, seasonal stock, and sales. No spam, no pushiness, no junk mail. Really just what’s new at Payless. That’s one thing I liked about giving them my email. No garbage littering my email box. Just informative stuff about their new stock and sales.

Plus, when it’s your birthday, Payless will send you a 20% off coupon on your entire purchase. Even sale items. Yes, even sale items. That surprised me. We all like to save money but the nice surprise was that 20% off on sale items. Usually coupons are reserved for non-sale items only. Another reason to say Payless cares about putting a smile on their customers’ faces.

And if you don’t have a printer? You can show the clerk the coupon from your smartphone or it gets better, just give her the coupon code from the email Payless sent you. It will be documented in their computers and you can’t use it again, so don’t try to sham them. The point is, they want you to use the coupon for your birthday. I’ve only received this one time. So of course they get my money (cash, by the way) but I get huge savings if I shop carefully.

Here’s what I saved.

Pair #1. Originally 44.99, on clearance for $29.99, plus $5.98 coupon discount, this was a handbag; Pair #2. Originally $49.99, on sale for $22.00 plus $4.40 coupon discount; Pair 3. Originally $49.99, on sale for $24.00 plus $4.80 coupon discount; Pair #4. Originally $54.99, on clearance for $25.00 plus $5.00 coupon discount; and Pair #5. Originally $54.99 with coupon discount of $10.98.

So the breakdown looks like this: 4 pairs of shoes/1 handbag originally costing $264.95, which would work out to $52.99 per pair; actually cost me with Payless sales/clearance/and birthday coupon $32.19 per pair. Total I saved $126.16 on this trip.

On the receipt at the bottom, there is a phone number to call to give your opinion. If you do, you receive $2.00 off your next purchase of anything in the store. I’ve already made the phone call and rated the store/clerks/shoes in stock, etc., received a code to put on my receipt and use immediately. There’s also another coupon to use for $3.00 off any item $14.99 or more on another purchase. I have a few more weeks to use these coupons should I choose.

I went online prior to shopping the store to see what Payless might have in stock that suited my taste. I did find one of their designers shoes that I favored. I called the store ahead and asked if it was in stock in my size and the clerk offered to hold it for me for the next 24 hours. Between the online site and store I think you could be a very happy consumer.

Payless also has a goodwill project now through December 2011. If you buy a pair of Airwalk Hope Canvas Slip-Ons, “one pair of kids shoes will be donated to World Vision to help needy children in Central America.”  See this link for the Airwalk Hope Shoe and more information about World Vision and http://www.goodshoeproject.com: http://www.payless.com/store/product/detail.jsp?catId=&subCatId=&skuId=086067080&productId=69780&lotId=086067&category=&catdisplayName=Womens.

For more information about Payless and its philanthropy, please go here:  http://www.advfn.com/news_Airwalk-and-Payless-ShoeSource-Team-Up-to-Democratize-Giving-and-Deliver-Hope-to_45086543.html.

Payless also is carrying a line of makeup called Zoe & Zac. What makes me happy is that the makeup is not tested on animals. Zoe & Zac, exclusively at Payless, is known for their green fashion too. They use organic cotton, recycled rubber, hemp, jute, nickle-free hardware, and elastic laces made from recycled PET (the same material used to make plastic bottles. For more information, please go here: http://www.zoeandzac.com/who.html.

Summer Rayne Oakes is the woman behind Zoe & Zac. Her environmental advocacy is worthwhile today. We need it. She is a woman who is socially conscious and environmentally conscious and this propels her to work with designers along the same road as her. For more information on Ms. Oakes, please go here:  http://www.zoeandzac.com/summer.html.

So Payless turns out to be a pleasant shopping experience. I’ve never returned a pair of their shoes for poor quality. The prices are excellent. The styles range for all types. They have designers that have outrageously beautiful and trendy looks. They sell accessories to match. I’m rating them on the high level for quality service. Their associates have always been courteous. And now I find out they’re green, too?




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