Zappos "Friends with Benefits" Road Trip Comes to Nashville

Shop + Adopt: #ZapposRoadShow Comes to Nashville

This post is sponsored by Zappos in support of its “Friends with Benefits” Road Show coming to Nashville on March 24-26 (and free for all to attend!).

Just last week as I was packing to go on a 10-day girls’ trip with my best friend through a turbulent climate, I said to SVV: “I’ve got no shoes to wear.”

“Are you kidding me?” he remarked, louder than his usual indoor voice. “You have two [of the four] closets in this house and they’re completely filled with shoes.”

He’s not wrong, y’all.

But why does it seem that, as a girl, I never have the right shoes for the right occasion? I was attending an outdoor wedding, in the rain, and the day started at 65 degrees and ended at 38. No problem—I quickly hopped on Zappos and had these guys overnighted to me, which turned out to be perfect durable, yet cute sandals to hide beneath my ankle-grazing chiffon. Problem solved.

Zappos "Friends with Benefits" Road Trip Comes to Nashville

When it comes to shoes, I’m all over the board in the kind of footwear I own. I’ve never been a stilettos kind of girl; I’m more practical than that. But I own—and need—a little of everything, herein lies the problem. I work from home (flip-flops), I work out a lot (the Asics Gel Nimbus series has been my go-to for a decade), I run errands frequently (flats), I travel often and thus need cute but comfortable, versatile sandals (Sam Edelman, I’m looking at you). Plus, I’m often upside down, so need something that, well, stays on.

The Shoes Follies: How I Choose My Footwear for Traveling

On the flip side, I also go to a LOT of weddings where something fancier is called for. And it happens frequently that I’m days away from leaving for a trip and realize that I don’t have the proper footwear for the occasion. Thank God, I start the packing process days (sometimes, weeks) out. I do 90 percent of my shopping online these days, and I’ve come to use Zappos as a resource for anytime this situation occurs (read: often). In fact, when I realized no one got me the snow boots on my Christmas list and we were just four days from flying to Washington for single-digit weather, I hopped on Zappos.com and bought the boots I’d been lusting after for a year (and OK, a new pair of Gel Nimbus, because guys, it was Christmas).

Zappos "Friends with Benefits" Road Trip Comes to Nashville

And though it was a holiday, they still arrived two days later. And shipping was FREE, too!

The Shoes Follies: How I Choose My Footwear for Traveling

Guys have it so easy. SVV pretty much wears Chucks all day, every day, in whatever color he’s feeling when he wakes up—which, as you can tell, is often an amalgamation of bright, eye-popping hues.

The Shoes Follies: How I Choose My Footwear for Traveling

So when Zappos reached out and invited us to their Friends with Benefits Road Show on March 24, I was thrilled. I’ve long loved the site for its wide selection and the speed in which they get their product out. Plus, the free returns policy is clutch, particularly when you’ve got a Converse-loving husband who refuses to buy any grown-up shoes of his own, so instead, you buy three sizes in each style you like so he can try them on and send back what he doesn’t care for (or doesn’t fit).

The Shoes Follies: How I Choose My Footwear for Traveling

The tour is Zappos’ way of saying thanks, giving back and making new friends all over the country. But what I didn’t know was that they aligned more with my values than I initially thought.

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Meet Maggie. Maggie, a five-year-old golden doodle, came to live with us exactly a year ago this week. It was just a month after my dad’s stroke, and the last thing our family needed was another (e.g. sixth) dog during a time when we were stuck in a rehab center with him for five weeks. But Maggie needed a home as her human parents were divorcing, my sister and I are persuasive, and my mom is a softie. There was no way we’d let her go to a shelter! So Maggie came to live with us and quickly knew her place: as my mom’s protector and my dad’s instant companion, his therapy animal if you will (in fact, she even visited him at the hospital).

Put what you want
Put what you want

The rest of the squad immediately embraced her, too. None of us can remember life without Maggie being in it.

Zappos "Friends with Benefits" Road Trip Comes to Nashville

As a family, we’ve had dogs since I was born. First, there was Sweets, a mutt mix my parents adopted back in California, and Winston and Tanner, the spaniel breeds who greeted me out of the womb. Next up, I got Madelyn when I was three and another pair of golden retrievers, Katie and Kirby, when I was eight. Kelsey came along when I was nine, and in those 25 years, we’ve had another 20 or so Malteses.

Zappos "Friends with Benefits" Road Trip Comes to Nashville

On the side, SVV and I have also fostered; our charitable donations each month go to a handful of different animal rescues in Tennessee. On a personal level, we rescued Cricket the Corgi and Minko the Miniature Greyhound after their elderly owner passed away; Sam the Schnauzer showed up on our doorstep when we lived in Silicon Valley and became a tenant for several weeks; and Sophie the Spaniel just last year in Tennessee. In a dream world, we would live on a farm and give all the stray animals a home—a sort of rescue refuge (with a brewery, pie shop and distillery on site, of course).

Zappos "Friends with Benefits" Road Trip Comes to Nashville

Zappos loves dogs, too, and I love Zappos even more for that. The company has used its platform and its Zappos Rewards program to cover the fees for more than 18,000 adopted animals. How awesome is that? And you could be the next new pet owner, too, if you join us on March 24 (or 25 or 26) and take advantage of the free adoption option. Don’t worry, I volunteer for pet-setting duties!

Zappos "Friends with Benefits" Road Trip Comes to Nashville

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Maggie may not be in attendance—her social schedule is packed like you wouldn’t believe—but she still hopes you’ll come see SVV and me at the Zappos Friends with Benefits Road Show from March 24 to 26. (We’re not as cute, but we’re still a whole lot of fun!)

Zappos "Friends with Benefits" Road Trip Comes to Nashville

Zappos "Friends with Benefits" Road Trip Comes to Nashvill
Zappos "Friends with Benefits" Road Trip Comes to Nashvill

You’ll be able to shop, of course, the “backyard” area will feature local food, local bands and free pet adoptions. Yes, you guys: FREE pet adoptions. In other words, you could arrive a singleton and leave a pair! I’ll even help you pick out both an outfit and your new fur friend if you like.

The Shoes Follies: How I Choose My Footwear for Traveling

While in Nashville, Zappos’ Road Show will be headquartered at 115 Lyle Avenue from March 24 to 26. The schedule is as follows:

Zappos Road Show in Nashville

I really hope you’ll join us, and if you don’t see me right away, just look for the puppies; I guarantee you that’s where I’ll be, happily covered with slobbery kisses.

Zappos "Friends with Benefits" Road Trip Comes to Nashville

COMMENTS
  • March 16, 2017

    Those pups are adorable! I’m a fan of zappos too because I never have time to shop anymore.

    • March 17, 2017

      Isn’t online shopping the best creation ever? I love that I only go to a mall maybe once or twice a year. We live in a pretty inconvenient spot to most shopping, so one-stop-shop, e-comm stores like Zappos are clutch!

  • March 16, 2017
    Joan van Velsor

    I love Zappos! Ordering several (or more than several) pairs of shoes and sending back the ones that don’t work is fabulous. That how I got my Tom’s and some other summer shoes last year, and I have realized I need a basic pair of black flats. I’m hard to fit, so having a selection is perfect. I’m going to have to consider the orange jeans and bright blue shoes combo. If it works for Scott, it should work for his mom right?

    • March 17, 2017

      Definitely! You could totally pull off that color combo 😉

  • March 16, 2017
    Lisa

    Dog adoptions and online shopping!! I wish I was in the area and could come snuggle some doggies. My boss frequently asks if my office is actually a shoe store because of all the Zappos boxes that come in (and then out if they don’t fit). Love their customer service.

    • March 17, 2017

      Ha! That sounds like my NYC desk. When I cleared it out to move to SF, I had a good 20 pairs of shoes stored up in my tiny closet-sized office. Lugging those back 20 blocks to my apartment was not so fun.

  • March 16, 2017

    My goldendoodle is a rescue. Best dog ever! I’d rescue another in a heartbeat. My Boston Terrier is a rescue, too. The pug was my adult daughter’s so technically so is he. I’ve adopted and fostered rescue dogs most of my life. Well done, Zappos!!

    • March 17, 2017

      Yay to doodle rescues! Hard to believe anyone could ever not want one of those dogs, right?

  • March 16, 2017
    Mister Sister

    I want those Sam Edelmans!!

    What a good looking family of dogs ❤😍

  • March 16, 2017

    I have a soft spot for animals. I cannot work in shelters I’d want to bring someone new home every day. Instead like you I donate to animals related causes. I’m a huge fan of Zappos and this makes me love them even more.

    • March 17, 2017

      I’d definitely be a prime example of #fosterfail if we started to foster again (we aren’t candidates yet until our fence is fully enclosed). It breaks my heart to see so many pups and kitties without homes. =(

  • March 16, 2017

    I recently started using Zappos and love them, too. In fact, I just ordered a new pair of flats but they’re too small; I love that they have easy, free returns. Definitely a company that I want to give my business to, but now with their support of animal adoptions, I have another reason to be a loyal customer.
    And by the way, those dogs couldn’t be any cuter! Lucky you 🙂
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    • March 17, 2017

      Ahhh, thanks, Jenna! They can be a handful sometimes, but totally worth it 😉 Can’t wait to snuggle on some other pups this next weekend at the event!

  • March 16, 2017

    Awwww! Aren’t these puppies just so adorable!

    And what a great gesture for free adoption. In Germany, standards are strict. Animal inspectors come to your home to ensure that the household is suitable, there’s enough space, a garden, no screaming children (we have just a teen..), no pets that would cause competition of affection, etc, for the adoptees, and you are expected to make a hefty donation for animal welfare, which we were more than happy to do.

    As the only girl growing up in a household of 3 boys, and living in the suburbs of Northern England, we were a family with pets! Over the years, we had 7 dogs, 1 cat, lots of exotic fish, and 1 tortoise! Sadly, my husband doesn’t like dogs, so we’ve been adopting cats from the animal shelter in Berlin.

    Our first cat was 18 before she passed away and we thought of some exotic creature for our son. However, he was thinking of mice, snakes, and a giant iguana…! Luckily, a volunteer friend of ours told us about a pair of kittens that had just come in, whose human parents found them too “energetic.” We took them even before we saw them, and we’ve loved them ever since. I couldn’t imagine living in our household without them!
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    • March 17, 2017

      That’s great (and not surprising) that Germany is so strict! There’s nothing worse than someone who should not be a pet owner adopting then wanting to return the animal when the next best thing comes along. Fostering in the US with a credible organization is similarly difficult to get approval for—I don’t think we’d even qualify until our fence is completely enclosed as that’s one of the requirements.

      I love that you grew up with so many pets and am sad your husband doesn’t like dogs. But it’s so nice you’ve taken in shelter cats, who also need a home!

  • March 17, 2017

    PUPPIES!!! Puppies Puppies puppies!!! I love this Zappos initiative. I buy shoes from them often and adding dogs who desperately need homes into the mix makes me feel even better.

    • March 17, 2017

      I think your new puppy already needs a puppy pal! Soooo…see ya next weekend? 😉

  • March 17, 2017

    Wish we were going to be in Nashville next weekend so we could attend. Adopt one of the pups for me. (You will have to keep it though!)
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    • March 17, 2017

      I’ll hold onto it for you until you move to Tennessee! That’s happening soon, right? 😉

  • March 17, 2017

    Now that spring is here I am in need of some Zappos. Need some comfortable shoes because my usual flats just kill my feet on long days walking or on my feet.

    I love those pups. My day is not complete without a puppy kiss or two!
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    • March 21, 2017

      Oooh favorite comfy shoe brand?

  • March 17, 2017
    Jeanie

    Dogs and shoes…two of my favorite things!!! Thanks! Kristin!!

  • March 17, 2017

    I did NOT know this about Zappos! I love their return policy and since a couple of pairs of shoes I ordered from them recently didn’t fit right (yes, one pair was Converse — haha), I was debating on looking locally so I wouldn’t have to wait for shipping for ones that do. But as a dog-lover (and adopter) this officially convinced me to try them again. Thanks!

    • March 21, 2017

      You and Scott are solemates! 😉

  • March 17, 2017
    Rachel Rudwall

    What a great event! So wish I could be there to snuggle all the puppies!

    • March 21, 2017

      Me, too! I’d dive into a puppy cuddle puddle with you.

  • March 18, 2017

    Zappos is my go to site when it comes to shoes, the super fast shipping and free returns are tops in my book. I wish I could stop by the adoption event, I’d probably leave with a new friend or two!

    • March 21, 2017

      I just got sucked into the fact that they have Kate Spade bags and accessories (my favorite!) as well as plenty of my favorite dress brands. This is bad news bears…

  • March 20, 2017

    I can’t deal with this post. The pups are way too cute!
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  • March 24, 2017

    The puuuuuups and chucks in this post have me all kinds of excited for this weekend downtown! See you there!
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