Shop review: MandMDirect

Penny Golightly M and M Direct review Spring 2015

I jumped when I was given the chance to review the new stock at MandMDirect, and I thought you might be interested to know how the order went.

My wish list was a bit random because there’s so much to choose from on their site, so I picked out a few items and let the promoters choose the final three items for me. Lucky me – my casual footwear wardrobe has been given the perfect refresh.

If you haven’t used this retailer before, they are an online shop with a big warehouse full of lots of discounted branded goods, especially sportswear and casual clothing. The brands in stock include Ugg, Ted Baker, Nike, Diesel, Adidas, Levis, Hunter, and many others. The stock tends to move fast due to the prices, and once it’s gone it’s gone.

Product reviews

First up, I tried a pair of ankle boots, picking the Board Angels Women’s Short Boots in taupe. These had an RRP of £49.99, and were reduced to £22.99, saving £27.00. They’ve gone into the Easter sale today and have been further reduced to just £18.39.

The site has Feefo reviews on all the pages, so it’s easy to find out what other customers thought about any item you’re thinking about purchasing. These had 19 reviews, all of which said the boots were true to size, comfortable and great value. I have to agree, as the boots look and feel just right, and the versatile taupe / brown shade is a nice change from wintery black.

PG tip: Although ankle boots are technically out of season – and therefore cheaper – now we’re in Spring/Summer mode, let’s be realistic. British weather can be cold, rainy and generally rubbish, so ankle boots are still a worthwhile purchase. In warm weather they’re still a festival staple. Buying ankle boots around about now will save you some money, and you’ll still get plenty of use out of your purchase.

Next I selected a pair of Duffs Junior Revert Lace Up Shoes in charcoal. They had an RRP of £39.99 and were reduced to £19.99, saving £20.00. They’re reduced further in the Easter sale today and are currently £15.99. The Feefo reviews on this brand suggested going up a size from my usual one, so I remembered to order a size bigger, and got these in a UK5. The name ‘charcoal’ is a bit odd, but when they arrived the suede skate shoes were exactly the same colour that’s displayed on the website, so that’s down to the manufacturer rather than the retailer.

They looked small in the box, but fitted beautifully with no need to break them in, and they were comfortable with a surprisingly good amount of arch support. The box also contained a spare set of laces in a different colour which is a really nice touch. I love these shoes and will be wearing them teamed with my favourite khakis and utility trousers.

PG tip: If you’re an adult with smallish feet, you might find that ‘junior’, ‘kids’ or ‘teen’ shoes will fit you, but you might have to go up half a size or so sometimes (and be careful not to buy ‘infant’ sizes by mistake). Shoes for kids don’t have VAT on them, so they’re cheaper.

Finally, I chose a pair of Duffs Junior Strombolie II Shoes in slate. These are a different style of skater shoe with contrast stitching. They had an RRP of £34.99, and were reduced to £19.99, saving £15.00 (not in Easter sale).

Again, the Feefo reviews suggested buying a larger size than usual. The shoes are a gorgeous shade of blue, almost navy with a hint of teal/petrol, and they also come with a different coloured pair of laces in the box. I also found these to be a comfortable fit with good shock absorption. They look fantastic with jeans so I’ll be wearing these a lot on lazy weekends.

One small point to note about this company is that you have to pay some money towards returns, but many people will consider it an acceptable risk when combined with the low prices.

To sum up: I found lots of great casual and fitness clothing deals on the site, and I’m very happy with everything I ordered, which was all exactly as described and a good fit. I’d be happy to recommend MandMDirect to bargain hunters.

The Easter sale contains 2,000 items with an extra reduction of 20%. You may also like to know that there’s currently free delivery on orders over £30 with this code: MDF5.

Full disclosure: I have been given three pairs of footwear by the promoters. All words and opinions my own and there has been no editorial interference.

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  1. A few years ago I stumbled across MandMDirect and must agree with you. At the time I purchased two pairs of trainers (Nike I think) and although I looked, I couldn’t find them cheaper elsewhere online or the high street.

    Thanks also for sharing the promo-code. My eldest needs a few bits and I’ve noticed they have some Super Dry jumpers that are reasonably priced!

  2. Hiya Ricky – thanks for sharing your experiences. Nice to know you’ve found it to be the same good value. They’re hard to beat when it comes to their combinations of seasonal sales, promotions and discount codes.

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