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Taobao Haul: We Bought 5 Shoes From Taobao... To See If They're Legit


Here’s our Taobao Haul – featuring shoes which all cost around $5!


Who doesn’t love Taobao, right? You can score unbelievably cheap deals, and buy anything your heart desires on this website. But whilst it’s relatively safe to purchase things like loose-fitting tees and accessories on Taobao, other items such as shoes might be more hit-or-miss.

Here’s the good news: we’ve done the dirty work for you, and bought 4 pairs of insanely cheap shoes on Taobao to review them. Are they really value-for-money, or should you stick to Charles & Keith and Aldo? Check out our Taobao Haul below, and tell us what you think!

Whilst all prices are accurate at the time of publishing, Taobao sellers regularly revise their prices. If you’re checking out the product links and there’s a discrepancy in the prices published, this is why!

#1: Chelsea Boots, $5.89

Here’s what the seller’s picture looks like…

And here’s what it looks like in real life!

Not gonna lie: we had super low expectations when it came to these boots. Can you really expect to get a pair of decent boots at just $5? As it turns out, the answer is a resounding YES.

The boots are decently built, and sturdy enough. The only complaint that we have is that the sizing runs small – we looked at the seller’s shoe measurement chart, and sized up by half a size, but it was still too small for us. If you’re thinking of purchasing these boots, we’d recommend getting one size larger so that they fit better.

Quality & Comfort
5/5

Sizing Accuracy
3/5

Verdict
Overall, we’re still pretty impressed – sizing issues aside, these boots really exceeded our expectations.

Link to purchase: Chelsea Boots

#2: Brown Flats, $5.14

Here’s what the seller’s picture looks like…

And here’s what it looks like in real life!

This pair of flats looked very promising – it’s just a pity that they were also on the small side, and they weren’t the most comfy. The material of the shoes are a little scratchy – even walking for 5 minutes will cause you discomfort, so we’re pretty sure you’ll get blisters after, say, half a day of activity in these shoes.

Quality & Comfort
3/5

Sizing Accuracy
3/5

Verdict
We wanted to love these, but we just couldn’t :(

Link to purchase: Brown Flats

#3: Black Loafers, $5.86

Here’s what the seller’s picture looks like…

And here’s what it looks like in real life!

What we liked: the loafers were sturdy and didn’t feel flimsy at all. (They actually feel a lot more substantial and expensive than the loafers and flats that you get over at Rubi). These were also comfortable to wear – they don’t rub too much on the back of your feet.

What we didn’t like: sizing was on the small side, AGAIN. We could just about manage to squeeze into the shoes, but we wouldn’t actually wear them out for a day’s worth of activities.

Quality & Comfort
5/5

Sizing Accuracy
4/5

Verdict
Worth the buy – but remember to size up.

Link to purchase: Black Loafers

#4: Studded Sandals, $5.12

Here’s what the seller’s picture looks like…

And here’s what it looks like in real life!

This was the only pair of shoes (out of our ENTIRE Taobao Haul) which fit us properly, so kudos to the seller! Aesthetics-wise, these sandals definitely aren’t as versatile and wearable as the other shoes that we got, but, hey – you can’t have everything in life.

Quality & Comfort
5/5

Sizing Accuracy
5/5

Verdict
No complaints! Worth your money.

Link to purchase: Studded Sandals

We hope you enjoyed our Taobao Haul article! In our next Taobao Haul instalment, we’ll be reviewing clothes which are also priced around $5 – stay tuned for more!


Yours sincerely,



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