Nordstrom hasn’t earned the accolade of being America’s favorite retailer without good reason. First of all, it has amazing sales like the once-a-year Anniversary Sale that’s going on right now (don’t forget to check out what our shopping editor added to cart from the sale). Not to mention, it has a generous return policy and carries goods that span from well-known brands like Madewell and Topshop to indie designers like Rejina Pyo, the site has carved out a loyal fanbase within the fashion sphere. In a world where retail is supposedly being handed a death certificate, this mall staple is thriving. It has its liege of Nordstrom devotees to thank for that. Meanwhile, we’re about to thank the loyal fanbase for being just as active in leaving helpful product reviews as they are in their purchases.

While it wasn’t easy (the site has an insurmountable collection of products available to buy), we dedicated ourselves to putting in the legwork to suss out the top-rated, highest-reviewed affordable items. That’s what Nordstrom’s best for, after all. And save for those Adidas Superstars (please point me in the direction of anyone who doesn’t own the classic sneaker), Nordstrom’s best of the best is pretty surprising. So before you dive into another Nordstrom spree, peruse the items below to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.

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