But what's a girl to do when offered a pair of free sunglasses to review from the generous folks at ShadesDaddy.com? Why, accept, of course. The website features dozens of discounted pairs of designer eyewear from Bottega Veneta, Coach, Chloe, DKNY, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Oakley, just to name a few. ShadesDaddy.com offered me a pair from their Ray-Ban, Versace, D&G, Ralph Lauren, or Carrera collection to review. After some careful deliberation, I chose the Ray-Ban Wayfarers in tortoiseshell--a classic go-with-anything alternative to my black Chanel sunnies.
ShadesDaddy.com was prompt and responsive in providing me with a tracking code and emailing updates after I placed my order. The sunglasses arrived in a timely manner and came packaged with all the Ray-Ban paraphernalia (case, box, polishing cloth) promised on the website. I'm very pleased with the quality and authenticity of the sunnies. However, I kind of wish the tortoiseshell colour is as light in real life as it is in the product photo. As you can see below, in real life the Wayfarers look pretty dark. That hasn't stopped me from growing to love them though.
They didn't fit correctly straight out of the case, but then again, I really don't expect any sunglasses to fit perfectly. A local optician re-aligned the frames for me. Now they fit just right.
So, how do I feel about ShadesDaddy.com overall?
- They provide prompt delivery and good customer service.
- Their products are authentic and arrive in good shape.
- Their discounted prices are very reasonable.
- The website is easy to navigate and use.
- Free shipping is available for purchases over $99 (US only).
- Based on my own experience, the product photo can be slightly misleading.
- Aside from some oversized black frames, aviators, and the Ray-Bans, the selection of eyewear seems a bit dated.
- The return policy is very restrictive. Some brands are final sale, and the ones that can be refunded or exchanged must be received by the company within 7 days of you receiving the parcel. This means that if you're an international customer, you're stuck paying for expedited shipping or keeping sunglasses you don't really want.
- The shipping policy doesn't explain the costs of shipping internationally.