I don’t usually do the subscription boxes. Most don’t really look like something I’d be interested in and I am such a creature of habit. I did a subscription to RunnerBox a few years ago and I think I only last month threw away the last of the weird gels they threw in those boxes. There were a few fun things that I still use in those boxes, but I can’t say they were ever really worth my money overall. So, I don’t know why I initially decided to plunk down the money for Avenue A, but I figured I could give it a try just once.
Avenue A is a women’s subscription box from adidas sent quarterly that runs $150 and promises at least three premium items. Shipping is included. They don’t tell you what will be in the box, but they threw around a hint that their brand new shoe would be included and I wanted to try them out. Worst case scenario, I paid full-price for a shoe and a couple other items got thrown in.
So, I pulled the trigger and waited.
It was a month before my credit card was charged because this was their first box to ship.
Then I waited for it to ship.
Good lord, I stalked that poor profile page forever, hoping it would hurry and ship. I gave up after they updated it to show that they would be shipping in April. But, I got an email on March 22nd that it was on its way! Good thing because I was about to lose my mind.
Poor FedEx, I started stalking their tracking page. This seems to be a recurring theme with me, no?
The package came from South Carolina and most ground or priority shipping reaches me in two days because I am in Texas, in the middle of it all. I’m almost embarrassed to say that when it got delivered at the house, I didn’t want to wait any longer and asked hubby (who was at home) to drive it to my office. I’m definitely not good with waiting. LOL
So, here is the breakdown:
The box is big. Five and a half pounds and looks like a boot box. Sliding the cover off, I immediately see THE SHOES. They are so pretty! I did a little research on them and learned that they are the only running shoe designed solely for a woman’s foot. The toe box is wider to accommodate our poor toes that get shoved into high heels and ultimately deformed. The heel is narrower because that is how a woman’s foot works. It has a floating arch (ok, I have no idea what the floating arch is supposed to accomplish but it looks cool) and fits like a sock with lots of stretchy material to allow for all the swelling my feet will do when I run long. I immediately put them on and the size was true, fitting just like all my other running shoes. They sent the “raw purple and shock red” shoes. I kind of even like the names of the colors and I’m itching to take these puppies out for a spin already.
The next thing that caught my eye was a bag. Because every girl needs another bag, I’m never going to turn it down, but this bag is sweet!! It’s a Stella McCartney black gym bag. It zips at the top and has two zip pockets on the outside that would be perfect for the small stuff that usually gets lost, like extra hair ties or my phone. The inside has a huge zip pocket, three open pockets and two open mesh pockets, perfect for stashing sweaty stuff. There is also a longer, detachable shoulder strap. This is a beautiful bag and it is HUGE. I could throw all my stuff in there and still have room for more. With a retail price of $190, I would have never plunked down that much for a bag on my own, so this was a real treat.
The box also comes with some apparel. When I ordered the box, I had to complete my profile with my size for all sorts of stuff. This is where things could get dicey. I haven’t bought Adidas apparel before and stuff just sometimes doesn’t fit the same from brand to brand. Right?? Luckily, Avenue A allows you to try it on and, if you need a different size, you can send parts back and exchange for the right size. So, I grabbed all the apparel, stuffed it in the most beautiful and likely most expensive gym bag I’ve ever owned, and ran to the gym in my office building to try it all on.
The box came with a pair of capris, a bra and a jacket. The Capri pants are the Adistar Three-Quarter Tight in black. Thank goodness for black. I am so self-conscious about how I look in Capri pants that if my tush doesn’t look good, it finds a new home in the bottom of a bin in my closet. So, I tried them on and I really like them. They fit like a glove and have a drawstring cord for the waistband. I’m thankful for that, because otherwise I would think they were a touch large on me. The leg hits just where I like them to hit, kind of mid-calf. I’m 5’1″, so that is generally where I find most capris ending on me.
The jacket is a Kanoi Rucpack Dye Jacket in a brilliant emerald green. It’s kind of tie-dyed for a natural, uneven look. It is so phenomenally thin and light. I could wad it up into a ball and shove it into the back zip pocket of the jacket and go out. The fit was larger than I expected, but I am ok with it because I tend to layer if I have a jacket on and I would rather it be bigger than smaller. It is made of UPF 25+ sun-protection fabric. I’m not sure about water resistance, so I’ll let you know if I find myself in a rainstorm how it holds up!
The final item in the box was a sports bra. I’m on the fence about this bra. It’s the Supernova Bra in a beautiful melon color. It’s got plenty of padding and provides a lot of support for high-impact running. I’m embarrassed to say I danced around a bit in the changing room tying to get this thing off of me. The material isn’t so stretchy that it just comes right off. Good for when you don’t want things moving around, but fighting with a sweaty bra might make me crazy. I have to remember that this one only gets worn when I know I have help to get it off! Hahaha
All in all, this was a really great deal! I got the following items, including their retail price:
- Adidas Pure Boost X shoes, $120
- Kanoi Rucpack Dye Jacket, green, $90
- Supernova Bra, $40
- Adistar Three-Quarter Tight, $90
- Adidas by Stella McCartney Big Sport Bag, black, $190
The total retail value of the box was $530 and I paid $150. More importantly, I will totally use every single thing in the box. Will I continue the subscription? Yes! This was a fun little surprise box. Hopefully the next one is just as awesome.