I have had trouble with shoezone on a couple of occasions. My wife had to visit a store in order to try and obtain a refund owing to boots I had been wearing for a very short time - less than 4 months - falling apart at the seams. The manageress of the said store even admitted that they make footwear cheaply as this is apparently what most buying customers actually want.
I also paid quite a lot (for me) for the boots in question and expected them to last longer than they did.
Maybe I'm getting old, but I remember when a pair of shoes lasted up to a year at least! But alas, this is no longer the case, especially if you purchase your footwear from shoezone.
Some of the shoes and boots on display actually look quite decent and in theory we would then imagine they'd be worth the price. But don't be fooled.
Those shiny new boots which look so stylish in the shop will probably either let in water, or start to come apart at the heel within a very short period of time.
On saying this, shoezone - at least in the highstreet, don't exactly have too much competition, so in theory I am complaining about them while at the same time I'm still - at least now and again - buying their shoes anyway!
I actually think shoes in general are just not what they used to be whatever store you decide to obtain them from. If you have the money, I'd advise to go online and buy a decent pair, but make sure they have leather uppers at least.
Where I live we only have 2 shoe shops one of which being shoe zone. The other shop is abysmal so I always opt for shoe zone. Their shoes are great for work as they dont cost a lot of money so you dont mind if they get ruined. However, I have only ever bought something that has lasted more than a few weeks in there once, but for such a low price you cant expect brilliant quality. I have only bought 1 pair of shoes there for my son and they only lasted 5 days, I'm not entirely sure if it was because he is very active or they were just not made to last, who knows maybe both, so when it comes to shoes for my children I do find it more cost effective in the long run, to travel 10 miles to clarks for them. I very rarely buy shoes for my self anywhere other than shoe zone as it is convinent but if I had more options I probably would shop somewhere else. I can not fault their winter boots though and recommend them to most of my friends and family but do make sure they are the boots with the thick soles and not the foam ones. I do think that shoe zone is a good place to get cheap or temporary shoes but if you are lucky enough to be able to afford to, I would say to go somewhere else a bit mor expensive just to get a good quality, lasting pair of shoes. You get what you pay for.
When my children were younger I always used to buy their shoes from Clarkes. I did this because I wanted to be sure that they had shoes that fitted the best for their little feet. As they have got a bit older...neither of them want Clarkes shoes any more...well I suppose they are not exactly fashionable to them.
To be honest, whilst I want them to have good fitting shoes, money does come into it. My son seems to going through more shoes and trainers lately than hot dinners!! Which is getting a little frustrating, but I don't think this is uncommon for boys of his age, 11 yrs. For a long time now my daughter and my son have been happy to get their shoes from Shoe Zone. My daughter is now thinking about looking elsewhere though and I have found more recently that the shoes I am buying them are not lasting very long. In my sons case, the last pair I got him has only lasted about 2 months! However, it is a lot in his case to do with how he treats them and kicking footballs around at School etc. I was looking at his shoes the other day and I noticed they were ripped up down one side. I couldn't believe it. I said to him that I couldn't t send him to School in shoes that are ripped! Due to the short life span of his shoes I thought I would try to get him some new shoes from Clarkes . I am sure that they would last him a lot longer. I took him out the other day and suggested Clarkes. Unfortunately he wouldn't have any of it and refused to go in there. I said ok then...its back to Shoe Zone.
We went into one of our local Shoe Zones (Barnet) ; he went for the usual type of shoe he likes. He wasn't all that happy with my suggestions. As I was looking for something that would be a bit more hardwearing you see. In the end we came away with the same shoes I got him a few months ago! He just seems to like these shoes. I have to say they are a great price; £12.99. Now whilst I cannot recommend them as a hardwearing shoe; they are quite a nice shoe, they don't make his feet look massive. Unfortunately with a lot of boys, their feet grow very quickly and because overall their feet are a lot bigger than women's... if you get a chunky sort of shoe.. It really makes their feet look huge. I think he is also aware of this.
The problem is, I know that this shoe won't last him long, despite the cheap price. Luckily, it is almost the School summer holidays and this is his last year at Juniors. What I will do, is see if these will be ok for him to wear to the start of Secondary School and then for the next pair I will have a good hunt around and see if I can get him something which will last longer.
I have worked it out and if a pair of shoes from Shoe Zone only lasts him about 2 or 3 months; it would be better for me to get him a more expensive pair that hopefully might last him 6 months . We shall see!!
In regard to Shoe Zone as a whole...they are good. They are not top quality shoes... but they are cheap... they are affordable....I often buy my shoes from there and my daughters shoes. Last year I bought myself 3 pairs of little pumps for the summer; one in Black, one in White and one in cream. They are petite and have sequins on them. I wear them mostly with skirts/shorts or cropped trousers. I love these shoes. I still have all 3 pairs and still wear all 3 pairs. They are in stock at Shoe Zone again this year and they are a super buy. Admittedly around the heel part of the pump at the bottom this becomes a bit frayed and worn fairly quickly but I consider these to be a real bargain and a 'must have' for me.
As I have said, I often also get my daughters School shoes from there; these usually only cost around £10 per pair; they actually last her quite a while; although now, at her request we will be looking elsewhere as we have found that they often don't have her size in the shoe she wants and she is finding their range of school shoes a little limited there. Fortunately for me, her feet don't grow too quick and she doesn't have as much wear and tear on her shoes as my son!!
Shoe Zone sell lots of shoes and trainers for all the family; sometimes their boots are quite good too. I was shopping a few months back and my daughter spotted this really nice pair of Grey ankle boots; well they go a little higher than the ankle and have laces and buckles at the top. They fitted her well and only cost about £15. They are great and they look good on her. You can also get inner soles, heel grips etc at shoe zone and the usual protective sprays.
I have noticed that Shoe zones are all over the place. When I was a teenager I would get my shoes from Curtess and Freeman, Hardy, Willis shoes shops. These no longer exist; but they were a bit like Shoe Zone.
You can also get Wellington Boots, Slippers and children's plimsoles at Shoe Zones as well as really cheap PE Kit bags which are only about £2.00. Shoe Zone also often have sales on which are good.
Whilst Shoe Zone may not provide Top Quality shoes... as far as I am concerned they are a must for people who are on a budget and simply can't afford expensive shoes. The footwear they have, in my view is actually quite nice in appearance in many cases and I will certainly continue to shop there; if not for my children, then for me! A five star rating is in order here..
Most larger towns/.city centres feature a branch of Shoe Zone these days, and in the current economic climate it's easy to see why the shop might appear attractive, as it sells shoes at extremely low prices. For example you can pick up a pair of trainers/skater shoes for around at £15, and can pick up smart work shoes for £20, or a pair of work boots for £25-30.
Unfortunately however, a cursory glance or trying on of any of these shoes reveals that whilst the costs are low the shoes are both cheaply-made and poorly designed. The work-boots tend to me made out of rigid plastic, and are not very comfortable at all, and would lead to aching feet if they were worn when staying on your feet for anything but the briefest periods (say 30 mins). Similarly, I bought a pair of skater-style shoes once which, whilst incredibly cheap (around £12 i think) left me with badly aching feet after I wore them at work (my job required me to be on my feet and walking around all day), and the soles had no cusioning in them at all, feeling instead like they were made out of compacted cardboard.
The men's shoes are thus pretty useless for anything but pottering around the house/garden in, although it may very well be the case that the ladies sandals or mens slippers and flipflops, both of which are intended for much lighter wear, may be better value for money for this reason.
The shops are generally fairly clean and tidy, and the staff have always been pleasant enough in my experience, but ultimately the products just dont cut it, and can be false economy, as they dont last that long and are uncomfortable and unwiledy for as long as they do last. Youd be better off spending twice as much on a comfortable, long lasting pair of shoes than on two (or even three) pairs from Shoe Zone, to be honest.
Shoezone is one of those stores where you can buy affordable shoes and not feel as though you're buying poor quality shoes. Obviously, being one of the cheaper footwear stores, quality isn't as high as other places, but I find that for the price they charge, the shoes aren't bad.
I have bought shoes from other cheaper footwer stores before and I find that the quality reflects the price. But with Shoe Zone, I find the shoes fit well and are comfortable.
After spending months looking for a pair of boots, I eventually had no choice but to look in the cheaper stores because my student budget couldn't afford anything more than that. I was pleasantly surprised to see a stunning pair of boots at shoe zone. I was a little apprehensive about trying them on, but when I did, I was shocked at how comfortable it felt. From experience, shoes from cheaper stores tend to have really thin soles. But this pair of boots didn't feel like that at all. In fact, it felt and looked quite expensive. I bought them for a little under £20.
I highly recommend this store to anyone who wants decent shoes without breaking the bank. I find that Shoe Zone is present on most high streets and in most shopping centres. A must visit for shoe lovers on a budget.
Also, the slipper boots they sell are so cute.
I've gone past this store many times before at my local shopping centre but never gone inside because I'm not a big shoe person but my pumps had been ruined by the rain and I needed some replacements but New Look was severly lacking which is where I normally go and so I ended up going in here and was pleased to see quite a fair range of choices.
They do footwear for women, men and kids but I just looked at the ballet pumps which all seemed cheap enought at an average of £8, which is more or less twice what Primark charges and half of what New Look charges.
They had about forty different styes of shoes. I was looking for both a black and a brown pair but through there was plenty of black and for some reason lots of white, I couldn't see any brown pairs, only animal print which isn't my thing or good for work.
They had a range of sizes, the highest I saw being nine and the shoes I bought were nice but it was the staff interaction that I found most interesting. I asked for a particular size and either the girl said it wrong to her colleague or her colleague misheard but one of the assisants came downstairs with the shoes and when I told her it wasn't the right size she huffed and puffed and went and argued with her workmate about who'd hear or said the wrong thing and depending on whose mistake it was who should go upstairs again and get the correct one and this went on for fifteen minutes and made me feel quite unconfortable.
I ended up buying the shoes in the end because they were cheap and a nice design but did not think much of the staff having a long drawn out argument right in front of me and made me leave as quickly as possible without stopping to look at other products.
For price and variety it gets a tick, for customer service a big cross!
I think that Shoe Zone is probably one of the cheapest shoe stores in the UK, and that goes for online shops too.
Apart from the amazing prices, I like the way that Shoe Zone cater for all the family, children, men and women in a wide range of varieties.
You can expect to find a good selection of boots, sandals, slippers, trainers, heels etc. Most stores have some shoe baskets outside these are usually where the cheapest shoes are kept.
I have noticed that Shoe Zone create a lot of replicas of more expensive products that you would find in many of the high street shops, I wouldn't say that the quality is exactly outstanding, but then for what you pay for the products you cant really complain.
I have always found the staff to be extremely helpful and polite, I also like that on most occasions both left and right shoes are out so that you can actually see what the shoes look like and how they feel etc.
Not all purchases will come boxed, however if this really bothers you, it may be worth asking if they have any spare boxes in which they could spare.
All the stores I have been in have been of a good sized and have been clean and tidy with loads of mirrors on the floors and walls.
Im not overly keen on the carrier bags, not really sure why this is lol, they are white with Shoe Zone written along the middle, not exactly hideous but I think they could be a lot more appealing.
My local store also sells handbags, shoe polish, insoles etc again all at extremely reasonable prices.
I generally like to shop online and never knew that this store had a website however they do... www.shoezone.co.uk. I noticed that they have some great deals, perhaps better than instore so its definitely worth taking a look at. All UK orders come with free delivery.
Overall think this is a great shoe store, as previously stated, the quality isn't brilliant but its not a disaster either and the products will definitely last for a few months of regular wear. If your looking for a pair of shoes to last the summer or for the odd occasion, then this is the place to find them, they also have a great selection of sizes in stock, its always worth asking if you don't see your size available.
Shoe Zone joins a quite long list of bargain shoe shops in England. Stocking shoes for men, women and children, you can find all sorts of different styles for formal, leisure and work footwear.
Every Shoe Zone I've been in have always been clean and tidy, with neat racks of shoes throughout the store. Unlike higher-end shoe stores, you don't have to ask a shop assistant to retrieve the other matching size shoe to try them on. Likewise, you don't have an assistant approaching you asking if you want any help, which for people like me, is probably a good thing as it can be a bit off-putting when you just want to browse the store.
One negative point of Shoe Zone is the shoes themselves. You do get what you pay for, and I wouldn't expect shoes to last long from here, especially if worn daily. The shoes look good and not especially cheap, but you will usually find shoes from higher-end shops will last you longer.
I first came across Shoe Zone when I was an impoverished student, ever on the hunt for cut price shoes and clothes. As I soon as I saw the blue and orange sign, I knew that I was onto something. Crossing the threshold, my hopes were confirmed by the harsh lighting and the smell of fake, plasticky leather. The place was a student's paradise, full of shoes of all shapes and sizes, the vast majority of which were under a tenner.
Since then, Shoe Zone seems to have taken off, and you'll find a store in most town centres. Selling shoes, boots and slippers (plus a few handbags) for adults and children, chances are you'll find something in here that you like, stylewise at least. From shiny, blinged up stilettoes, to modest, balletesque flats, there's a shoe for every occasion in here. I have to admit that a lot of them aren't to my taste- some of the gaudy, patent effect shoes look very tacky, and I can't imagine anyone wanting to buy them, even for the miniscule prices they sell at. But there are always tamer shoes on offer too, and some of them look very appealing- you wouldn't guess from their initial appearance that they cost just £5-10.
Another reason I've frequented Shoe Zone in the past is that I have absolutely tiny feet (size 2!) so I'm always on the look out for kids' shoes that don't look childish. Shoe Zone usually has a reasonable range of shoes aimed at older kids (sizes 13-4), some of which look surprisingly adult. I do find it slightly alarming that they're churning out shoes with relatively high heels aimed at kids- practicality doesn't seem to come high on the agenda here. But for adults with small feet, like me, the odd nice looking shoe that I came across in the kids' range was always a great find. And, of course, the shoes in this range are even cheaper than the adults'.
The stores themselves tend to be quite basic- racks of shoes, not necessarily ordered in size, and generally a bit jumbled up. The shoes come in pairs, so you don't need to ask an assistant if you want to try them on.
The major flaw with this shop is the quality of the shoes it sells. They don't generally fit as well as more expensive shoes, and often rub and pinch in all the wrong places. If you find a pair you really like, you'll probably be happy to put up with this though. What you won't be so happy about is the fact that they'll probably start falling to pieces after a few weeks' wear. Durable these are not. A pair of Ugg style boots I bought last year gave out at the ankle after just a few wears, and the rubbery sole wore down in no time at all, making them unwearable. This, on top of a few previous flops, has ensured that I won't be buying from Shoe Zone again. Paying under £10 for a pair of boots may seem like a bargain at the time, but it really isn't if you're going to be throwing them away a month later. Buying cheap, disposable shoes like this just perpetuates the culture of creating waste, and it's not something I want to be a part of.
On the surface of things, Shoe Zone may seem like a great shop to pick up affordable shoes. However, this is one example of getting what you pay for, and I've come to realise that it's far better for your feet and the environment to save up for a decent, long lasting pair of shoes.
Whenever Winter comes around and my feet need some big shoes to keep them warm, I always find myself going into Shoe Zone as they have a huge range of boots.
They sell all different types of boots from high knee to ankle boots, leather to material boots, fashion to practical boots and they are all great value at less than £20. I bought a pair of boots from here last Winter and I absolutely love them. I'm still wearing them today, well over a year later, and they only just started to get wear and tear on them a couple of months ago on the heel where they could do with re-heeling. Considering I bought them over a year ago and I have literally worn them on every single cold day since then, I think they've lasted a pretty long time and I've really got my money's worth with them.
The majority of their normal footwear is black so I often pick up a pair of smart work shoes from here which could be used for school shoes as well. They have a few different basic types - flat ones, small, medium and high heels, pointy or rounded tips, some with a basic but smart pattern on such as a small bow at the front.
They also have quite a big range of men's footwear and they're all really quite smart. My husband has just bought a pair of smart shoes from here for only £14.99 when a pair that look and feel exactly the same are being sold for over double that amount in other clothes shops.
I don't usually go into Shoe Zone unless I'm looking for boots or work shoes, as they don't have the best range of going-out and fancy shoes for women in my opinion. But for boots, men's wear and also slippers and children's shoes, they have a great range and all at very affordable prices.
Shoe zone are a relatively well known discount shoe shop selling mens, womens and childrens shoes. They stock a multitude of types although they do tend to vary the amount of each depending on the season eg, more boots in winter and more sandals in the summer.
- Frequent stock turnover so there's often lots of different shoes to look through each time you go.
- Good prices (often cheaper than places such as New Look and definately cheaper than Clarkes) and occassional offers (I went in there today and they had buy 1 get one free on quite alot of their stock).
- Decent quality for the price - while the shoes you purchase from here won't be the best quality around (very rarely any leather shoes) they are still well made for the price. I've bought quite a number of boots from here over the years and none of them have ever fallen apart.
- The shops are usually clean and well maintained with the stock well displayed.
- Quite often don't have the size you need. Some sizes seem to either sell very quickly or they don't order much stock in a certain size. I'm a (women's) size 8 and often find they don't have the shoe I'm interested in, in my size but they invariably have it in a 7 or a 9.
Things to note:
- You won't find designer brands in shoe zone.
- Shoes you buy don't come in boxes, you buy what's on the shelf and they get put straight into a bag.
Shoezone are well known for their cheap shoes and sometimes poor quality. They stock shoes for women, men and children, and sell slippers as well. For women they generally go up to a size 8, but I have seen a few items that go up to a size 9 - where else would you find shoes for a woman in this size that are still cheap? The mens go up to a size 12, and the children's sizes go from when they start wearing hard-soled shoes.
Most big towns now, probably have a shoezone, and I always like to have a look around the store in case I find a bargain. I have bought quite a few pairs of shoes from here for myself and my son as there is not many places in our town where you can get children's shoes, or comfortable shoes for adults. If I want to buy a pair of heels or fashion shoes then I will normally go to New Look or Dorothy Perkins, but I decided a few weeks ago that I really needed a pair of 'winter' boots as my 29 pairs of shoes at home are not at all winter friendly!
So, off I popped to Shoezone. I found a pair of boots in there that are similar to Ugg boots but at a fraction of the price. They are sheepskin lined inside, and on the outside they are like a black suede material. They don't sound very nice, but they are really comfy, they do look good, and more importantly they are ideal to see my feet through winter! They only cost me £16.99, which if you think about it, if they last me 6 months (over winter and spring) then its only cost me £2.83 a month to keep my feet toasty! Bargain!
Another reason I shop at Shoezone is for my sons shoes. He does have quite a few pairs of branded trainers like adidas, and nike, but I also get him some from Shoezone, for his 'wear-and-tear trainers'. They only cost between £7 and £10 for a pair and they last until his feet are too big for them, which we all know is not very long for a 3yr old!
I would recommend Shoezone for cheap prices, OK quality and comfy shoes. If you're after fashion stilettos then Shoezone probably isn't the right place. Don't be put off by their title of being cheap and flimsy, if we can all save some money during the credit crunch, for buying necessary things like shoes, then its the right place to go.
Shoe Zone...I am not snobby but I would not be seen dead in some of these.
Shoe zone are quite famous for their cheap shoes. Let's face it, they are going to fall apart within a month anyway so is is not worth getting a pair that are going to last.
You may have seen the Shoe Zone store lurking around in a town or city with a few of those hideous white baskets outside the shop with half price shoes in etc. They have all been muddled up and to be honest it looks like an eye sore!
The do childrens/toddlers/mens/womens shoes. I know more about the women's shoes so I am going to focus on these.
They do boots, sandals, flats, heels and other weird types of shoes. The fake UGG boots slant to the side when you walk in them which frustrates me!
Some sandals are quite nice but they do not last two minutes. My step mum had a pair of flip flops from here and they lasted her two days then the butterfly came off and they started to really itch her feet.
The prices in here are low as I have mentioned, £5.99 for a pair of flats that are going to last five minutes. Staff are mardy in most shops, the shop smells of cheap shoes and the store in generally tidy. 2/5 From me.
Pretty much know for having cheap shoes is Shoe Zone and having some decent quality to. You should never judge a book by its cover and neither did I as I needed some spare black shoes for my self. My partner directed me here saying the prices were good and they had some good quality. At first I was embarrassed to come inside here but eventually I learned the stock here was not that bad!
Shoe Zone has shoes for women,men and children to most of the shoes are for women and children though from what I saw. The trainers you see for men here are rubbish and there is no point looking at them at all. I noticed some decent slippers though that were alright here and some nice plain shoes. The price for the plain shoes I liked here was ten pounds and they really did look expensive.
You are allowed here to try on the shoes as long as you ask a member of staff here. The service they give here is very good you are even allowed to measure your shoe size with their special measure tape to make sure you get the right size.
At Shoe Zone it seems like everyone takes the shop for granted like me. You can find good quality here like I found out plus you get some very good decent shoes at very good prices. They even have seats so you can try on the shoes other stores like Debenhams in my local do not even offer this. Shoe Zone does offer quality shoes its all about coming here and seeing it for your self.
I always am looking for a bargain and love going for a good shopping trip, and Shoe Zone is one place that I try to avoid as shoes in New Look or other shoe stores are of better quality and are still not too expensive. The store has grown lately instead of failing like many others in the credit crunch and I have notice that many new stores have been opening over the last few years and months.
Shoe Zone are a shoe retailer that have been selling shoes for as long as I can remember, they sell shoes for men, women and children. The shoes in Shoe Zone are very cheap, they are a real bargain, however their shoes dont really last that long in the sense of wear and tear.
You can buy boots for under £20, which is a bargain, though they are normally either very simple or quite tacky compared to the trends, also flat shoes and other footware are on sale for really reasonable prices, averagely £10. The school shoes can some times be really nice though in this store and they are cheap (£10-20) so you can buy a new pair half way through the term when they are worn out and they still wouldnt cost as much as the PODs I used to wear.
The mens shoes are also cheap though the quality isnt really as good other shops, the shoes wont wear and tear as long as other shops and brands.
The childrens shoes are also well priced, though at the rate children grow, its almost a waste to buy the best of the best for them for when they are running around the house and throwing their shoes away at every chance. The kids shoes are really nice and cute and are worth while to buy in my opinion in this store.
Overall I think that the kids shoes are great and get the job done in Shoe Zone, the womens and men shoes are best for more work and school sort of occassion as they are cheap and get the job done, however if you are looking for some nice shoes to go out in and keep for good occassions, then you may be better to look else where like New Look or Faith shoe stores, depending on your taste.