Bespoke Post is a monthly membership club that delivers high-quality lifestyle products from up-and-coming brands. It’s voted as one of the best men’s subscription boxes of 2021 by our readers and it’s a great box for women and couples as well.
When you sign up, there’s a quiz to determine your preferences and interests, then you’re matched with a new themed box every month. For $49 per month, each box promises at least $70 in retail value with items ranging from outdoor gear, barware, home, and kitchen goods, clothing, and more.
Unlike most subscription boxes, you get to preview your Bespoke Post box before it ships and you can easily swap for a different box or skip the month for no charge. You only pay for the months that interest you.
This is a review of the "Apres" box.
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Bespoke Post always has good presentation. Their boxes – or in this case, tape – are instantly recognizable. I like that they have the perfect box or bag for any item you order. The box typically comes with a card to let you know what's inside and a little bit about each item. This time there is a Spotify link to Bespoke Post's "By The Fire" playlist. I thought it was a pretty cool idea and am listening to it as I type this review.
Inside the Bespoke Post "Apres" Box
Wren Fireside Hybrid Slippers - Retail Price $75
It is perhaps a little strange that, after returning last month's slippers, I immediately go for another, different pair. However, this time I think I have the pair that I want. Bespoke Post's own Wren makes these outside campsite slippers for getting out of your clunky hiking boots after being on the trail all day. I have done my fair share of hiking and, as much as I love the journey, nothing beats kicking off your boots and putting your feet up by the fire. I always used to switch to my flip flops for maximum air flow, but by the time the sun sets, I'd be right back in my shoes. These fireside slippers seem like a nice middle ground of comfort and warmth.
They come in black or gray. I went with the black because I thought it would show dirt less. They come in three sizes: small (8/9), medium (10/11), and large (12/13). Wren suggest going up a size if you are between sizes. If you remember, the cabin slippers I returned were the opposite and I found them too small. This time I went up a size and they fit perfectly. The website says these slippers are like "your puffer jacket and sneakers had twins", and that's actually pretty accurate. The upper part of the shoe is satin and the inside is a soft memory foam. The neoprene heel lets you decide if you want it up, like a shoe, or down to go with more of a slipper, which I have illustrated with an awkward photo. Either way you choose, the elastic laces can be pulled tight to ensure a snug fit. the textured rubber outsole provides a pretty good grip.
To be honest, even though these are meant for outside, I was thinking about keeping them as inside slippers. However, the more I wear them the more I'd like to take them outside. It's a little icy at the moment, but once it warms up I think I'll go camping and test these puppies out. My family spends a lot of time in our yard/patio and I think it would be nice to have this to slip on. Whether it's for playing with the kids, washing the car, or even gardening. Honestly, I think it would be nice to have an inside pair and outside pair. Overall, I'm very happy with my choice this month. I hope there is more camping in my future.
A few of my last boxes had me pumped for colder weather. "Apres" has me longing for spring. I wanted to go camping with my friends and lounge around the fire with these new slippers. Until then, I have been very happy wearing them around the house. When I chase my kids, they don't slip on the floor or come off my feet. Plus, they are comfy. I prefer the fireside slippers to the cabin slippers from last month by about 100%. I'm very happy with my choice. However, while I was impressed with the item, I was a little disappointed with the time it took to receive it. This box was not shipped until Jan. 26 and I received it on the 31st. It's not a dealbreaker or anything, but I think they can do better.
One suggestion I have for Bespoke Post – if you're reading – is the option to choose my box early so I can receive it quicker. The way it works now is you have until the fifth of each month to choose and whatever is in your cart on that day is what is shipped to you. What I'm proposing is the option to choose what I want on the first or second day of the month, if I am confident I want it. I don't know how it works on Bespoke's end, but I feel like that might give them a head start on some orders, rather than getting them all on the same day.
Let's Talk About Value
These slippers sell on Bespoke's website for $75. That's $26 more than the subscription's cost. That's not a bad savings and it's in line with what Bespoke Post promises. However, I'd like to see a little more. It seems like half the boxes I receive are in the $70-range and the other half are twice the subscription cost (around $90). I'm not sure why it's not a little more consistent, but I would have liked to see a small, related item in this box to bump up the value. Maybe a coozie, fire starters, or roasting stick?
Important note: Starting March 1, the price of Bespoke Post is increasing from $45 to $49 and shipping is going from $3.95 to $4.95 (with a few other price changes that do not affect our reviews). Although the change has not technically taken effect as of this review, the new price is reflected on our site.
To Wrap Up
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