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Returns & Exchanges

We want you to love your ESSEN pieces as much as we do, so we are here to help you with your return or exchange requests for anything that isn’t perfect.

All we ask is that you contact us to return your order to us in its original condition within 14 days of receiving your order. When you try your new shoes please do so on a soft surface so the soles stay in perfect condition.

Please note not all item(s) are returnable. Due to health and hygiene reasons we do not accept returns on earrings or shoe care products. For the month of April the limited-edition Brooke Holm's prints are made-to-order and will not be eligible for refund or exchange. We kindly ask that you consider your order carefully before making a purchase. If you have questions, please contact our friendly customer service team before purchase. 


We offer free return shipping for any eligible items you wish to exchange for another size, style or colour, subject to availability.

To exchange your order please submit an exchange request HERE. Before doing so please ensure you have reviewed the checklist at the bottom of this page to ensure your shoes qualify.

Please note: excessive use of our free exchange service will be closely monitored and in the event we consider there to be an example of misuse, we reserve the right to reject that exchange request. 


Where available, we offer return shipping options for the items you choose to return for a refund. Below are our fixed return shipping costs back to our warehouse in The Netherlands:

Location Return Shipping Fee
Australia & Europe  €10
Rest of World Return with own courier

The fee will be deducted from the total amount of your original order, where we will provide you with a return shipping label.

Should you choose to return your order using your own method and packaging, you will be responsible for all costs associated with this.

Return Checklist

Use our easy to follow checklist below before returning your order, to ensure your refund or exchange will be awarded: 

  1. Ensure your items are eligible for a return. Health and hygiene laws restrict the return of earrings.
  2. No visible marks to the leather soles or leather upper and insole
  3. Only try on your shoes on carpet, as hard flooring will leave marks
  4. Include all original packaging, including the shipping packaging
  5. Ensure your return request is submitted within 14 days of receipt
  6. The items returned to us match those in your return request
  7. Any returns that do not meet the requirements of our returns policy, will not be accepted and no refund awarded 

Helpful Information

We expect your returned item(s) to reach us within 28 days of receiving your original order. If you foresee any delay, please just let us know ahead of time. 

All accepted refunds are applied to the original card or account of purchase.  Please note that refunds may take up to 10 business days for your bank to complete. This can vary greatly between card issuers and unfortunately, we are unable to influence this. 

We are unable to offer refunds for goods that are returned to us because the customer wishes to avoid paying any customs duties imposed or has been unavailable to accept delivery of goods sent. For more information regarding this, please read our Shipping Policy.

For full information on returns and refunds, please see our Terms of Service. 

Please note: our return policy applies to all orders once placed, and is compliant with both State and Commonwealth Australian law.

Sale Items

Our edit is a careful curation of seasonless wardrobe staples and we price honestly all year round, so we never go on sale. We do occasionally have special promotions. 

Please be advised that ESSEN does not offer returns for refund to payment on items with 25% off or more. You are welcome to return for store credit + 20 euro bonus or exchange for a different style (free shipping not applicable). We kindly ask that you consider your order carefully before making a purchase. If you have questions about fit or styling, please contact our friendly customer service team.

Our GIFT50 Birthday promotion is valid for $50 (AUD) and redeemable from the 11th July 2024 until Sunday 14th July 2024. Cannot be combined with any others offers. 

Custom made pairs and last pairs sold at a special price and marked 'Final Sale' are not eligible for return or a refund. 

Faulty Items

We do apologise for any inconvenience a faulty item may cause and will refund at our discretion for any items deemed faulty. Please note that shoes that are damaged as a result of wear and tear are not considered to be faulty. Both the cost of the item plus shipping will be refunded.

What Defines Faulty? 
  • Manufacturing faults.
  • Items that have been wrongly described.
  • Items that are different to the goods that you ordered.
  • Goods that do not do what they are supposed to.
  • Items that have defects that were not obvious or we did not bring to your attention.

When purchasing from customers are protected under Australian Consumer Law and the relevant State and Federal legislation. If customers wish to make a claim for faulty goods, please email  quoting your order number and outlining the fault. 

Where a claim for faulty goods is made, the following will apply:

  • Please notify us immediately and the item(s) must be returned within 14 days of receipt;
  • The goods will need to be returned and inspected to identify fault and the extent and nature of wear may also need to be assessed.
  • We reserve the right to consult with the supplier or manufacturer when assessing whether an item is truly faulty.
  • We also reserve the right to repair or replace where applicable in line with the relevant legislation.
  • Where a refund is deemed appropriate, a full refund of the purchase price will be credited as well as any delivery or postage charges paid on the original purchase plus any return postage will also be fully refunded.
  • Please allow from up to 10 business days for the funds to appear in your bank account.