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A reader who worked at USA DAWGS (she no longer does) emailed me earlier this year. I had not heard of them, so I looked into them and remember thinking there were some cute items. There were also a lot of items I would never wear in a million years, like the shoes that resemble Crocs. The clothes were hit and miss. Some of the canvas shoes look a lot like Tom’s, which are my favorite shoes ever. My only pitfall with Tom’s are inconsistencies. Some of my size 8 shoes come in too tight and others come in too loose. Each pair is hand-made, so that explains why they all fit differently. They eventually mold to my feet to fit perfectly, so I do not mind. I also like that every time I buy a pair, a pair goes to someone in need. Tom’s are so comfortable, and I like that I can wear them without socks.

The canvas design on Tom’s does rip after a while, which is not great for the price. Each pair only lasts about a year. DAWGS is based in Henderson, which is the city next to mine. I like the idea of shopping a local company. Zappos is technically local, too, and I actually know someone who works there. One day, I will need to buy shoes from them as well. Anyway, after tearing a hole in another pair of Tom’s, I remembered that DAWGS had a similar pair. The stripes on the back are different but not necessarily a deal breaker. I also like that the shoes are naturally cheaper than Tom’s and DAWGS puts out way more discount codes and offers free shipping. It was finally time to put them to the test.

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I am still new to site and my reader no longer works there, so I was on my own putting the order together. We all get bummed when we learn something after the fact, but at least I can pass the info on. There is a DAWGS club that offers 10% off every order using the code DAWGSCLUBX10. The fine print says it combines with some discount codes, but it erases the other code when I enter this. If you’re thinking of placing an order, look at other active codes for the best one and feel free to try more than one.

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I did notice a slight change to the site from when I first looked at it in the spring, so I was not surprised to see a banner with the code GRANDOPENING for 40% off any order. That took $16 off the $39.99 Women’s Kaymann Canvas Loafers – Navy Blue Striped Heel making them $23.99. Shipping is free but as a local company, I did have to pay sales tax. That brought my total to $25.93, which is about half of my usual Tom’s. Although I am sad that a needy person is not getting a second pair, I can hardly expect such a thing when I am paying half the price.

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Sometimes, you get what you pay for and there is quality in more expensive items. If that is the case, I will come back and let you know. After only using these shoes once, I like them so far. They are very comfortable and fit perfectly (the way most size 8 shoes that are not hand-made fit me).


They look even nicer in person than they do in the website product photo, too. The navy blue is much more vibrant and actually quite striking.


The stripes even look more stylish in person. I am sure a lot of people love stripes but as a simple girl, they will have to grow on me.


Since I made this purchase, a new sale started. If you decide to pick up some stylish and comfortable shoes, let me know how your experience goes. It is a newer company, so I know they are still working things out. Their site was down as I prepped this article, so I hope that means lots of people are shopping the sale. For the reader who sparked my curiosity, thank you. Although I never got around to making the purchase while you worked there (life got in the way a bit this year), I do appreciate you telling me about the company. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.

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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.

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