Deichmann Shoes Reviews
Deichmann White Snowboot
Last winter was particularly bad for me with the hammering we had here in Wales with the weather. Most people think Wales is all about constant rain and we do get a fair share of it, but we aren't used to a great deal of snow, especially in the valleys where it can be inches deep as little as five miles away and barely a flake on the low ... ground. But the winter of 2010-2011 was a bad one with not just the higher ground suffering from blizzards; even in the cities it was deep underfoot. Not just that but living in a side-street between two hills I couldn't get out to the shops for days at a time and when I did it was with my old walking boots on.
That was fine for most of the time since once stocked up I decided to stay safely indoors, but when I had to go out I felt like an old lady, tottering around with my walking stick and thick boots more suited to hill walking (which I originally bought them for). Visiting my daughter In London was a nightmare I swore never to repeat, but fortunately this year's weather wasn't as bad. However, I wasn't going to put myself through that worry again. Short of becoming a recluse I couldn't see a way around the problem without spending a lot of money on boots I'd hardly ever wear.
I have arthritis and also a balance problem which makes walking sitting and standing hard to do although its possible with a little help. I can't go from standing to bending though, I have to sit down and try shoes on so I plan my route well in advance. Since I am always on a tight budget I don't have the luxury of trying all the footwear outlets, it has to be a few shops that I know might sell what I need. I'd tried Deichmann's the year before and had bought some comfortable shoes there, so I had a look online to see if they sold the type of thing I was looking for. The choice was excellent but I knew from experience that I have to try shoes and boots on and if possible, walk up and down the length of a road in them.
I'd done this before and the staff had been so friendly, watching my bags as I walked the length of the store to get an idea of what my feet would feel like in the shoes. They had also taken in what I'd said about getting something to suit my own problem feet, not what they thought would suit a woman my age. That is really important for me to feel I'm not over the hill as far as fashion goes. So I noted down a few of the boot from the online site and went into the town center and straight to the branch.
What I was looking for seemed impossible. I'd expected to have to get the best for my money and if they didn't look that good then I'd have to buy one pair for traveling and one for really bad weather. Okay, there are many of the snowshoes shown in leaflets and catalogues, but they rarely fit well and are either too heavy or too flimsy. I tried a few pairs of heavy flat-heeled boots on and they felt very heavy on my feet. Then I went for the calf-length boots and the ankle ones as well. Some of these seemed suitable, but they didn't look much. I also found the flat heels also had flat and thin soles, they wouldn't last me five minutes.
One of the staff suggested a Snow boot and since I'd never heard of one before I thought she might mean something for hill walking. She explained they had a certain style of boot that had been made especially for wearing both in the snow and still look fashionable. I must admit to feeling doubtful but I was willing to try anything by then.
***The Snow Boot***
While I don't think these would stand up to blizzards, the look and the feel of them pleasantly surprised me. The first thing I noticed was how incredibly light they were to pick up. This is because they are made of a padded rubberized outer with polyester lining throughout the boot. The outer also has a strong, yet light all in one sole and heel, rather like a Wellington boot but more attractive. The boot looks like it's been stitched in places and that adds to the look and gives it a streamlined appeal. The top of the boot has a fur-collared top that is there for added warmth but more, I feel, for style. A side zip goes from the bottom of the boot, just above the shoe-line and stretches to the top. It's quite hard describing that as the boot has a sculpted all round pieces that fit neatly let allows for plenty of movement inside.
If you consider it as similar to a trainer but with an addition reaching to the mid-calf then you should know what I mean. This duality is what makes it so suitable for me. I've always found I can't get my size 6 feet into a boot without a lot of tugging and this is something I can't do. I wouldn't be physically able to put it on. Even with this boot I found it a little tight to start with but it's something I've got used to by now. I can also wear it with tights on or with socks. With the inside allowing for stretching and then fitting back into place, it really does feel and look adaptable.
When I first tried it on I was given the choice of white or black. I thought black would go with more things but since I was buying it to wear in bad weather then I thought I'd choose the white. To be honest it looked different to most boots and I wanted something to stand out. Initially I was tempted to tuck my jeans or trousers into the boot, especially when I'm wearing it in the rain. It stops the bottom of my jeans getting wet. I did worry that I might stretch the boot doing this but so far it's made no difference at all. I quite like the look, but if it's worn on a pleasant day then I'll wear it with the legs covering the boot. I think it's purely a matter of taste.
Well, would you believe it, so far it hasn't snowed enough to test this out, but I've had plenty of rain and mud to try them out. I wore then up to London in October and with the wet autumn the park was muddy. I'd only taken one other pair of comfy shoes so wasn't going to get those muddy. Since the boots are easy to wash or wipe down it doesn't make a lot of difference. I'd just add a word of caution, the soles are meant to grip and this does mean that they get mud in the treads. I presume this will happen with snow and ice but then it will be a bonus. I did have to get the mud out with a scraper, but this happens with Wellingtons.
The great thing about the boots is the fact you can wear them out in the rain and keep your feet dry, yet still look and feel stylish. I wouldn't feel out of place going into a pub or restaurant and we did have a meal out while I was visiting. I've yet to try them in heavy snow, but since they act like Wellingtons in rain then I expect they will be fine for light to medium snowfall and warm enough for icy pavements.
I have been concerned with balance, but I wouldn't try to walk far in very icy weather. I have felt really safe wearing these on wet pavements and that's a test in itself for me. For people who don't want to change shoes in bad weather I think these boots are fantastic. I paid £24.99 for mine and they are still the same price. Obviously they are selling well. One thing I'd say is try on different sizes as these are made by Graceland and the sizes are very generous. I take a size 40 (6) in the shoes but the boots are very roomy in that size so I tried and bought a 39 (51/2) and these are still comfortable.
I'd certainly recommend these, as at that price I wouldn't expect more than a season's wear, yet I think these will last a few years yet. Now I can't wait for a snowfall to really put them through their paces!
Since writing this we've had some snow, but not enough yet to make a full trial so I've left the above stand. I did go out in sleet and the boots were fine, just like walking in rain, but I could feel the tread griping the pavement.
Thanks for reading.
This review may appear on other sites under different names. I always use my surname on each review ©Lfuller2012
Read the complete review
Deichmann Graceland Shoe With Applique Flowers
It sounds like something from Elvis mania, but in fact, Graceland is a brand of shoes, which is very popular at a store called Deichmann, a large chain store that sells shoes, boots and all kinds of footwear. While I have no intention of reviewing the company at the moment I think it's fair to say that this is a German company who have ... an excellent reputation both to their customers and to their staff. With branches spread out over three continents I'd say they are backed by the best in fashion and footwear for all occasions. So it's surprising that I've only just started to shop here and couldn't find much on Dooyoo about them. By chance I found one review on a pair of shoes I own, so that says something about the popularity of these.
So what did I need?
I don't intend to make a review on my health problems, but apart from arthritis, I have a condition, which affects the balance area of my brain, and I do find walking and standing difficult at times. I can only say that the balance problem is so bad that sometimes I have to stay indoors since I can't stand upright for more than sixty seconds without leaning on something. Naturally I need to find shoes that are flat and easy to wear. But I do get fed up of wearing old Granny shoes even if I am an old (ish) granny.
An ideal pair of shoes for my needs has to be flat, have a comfortable fit since sometimes I get swollen ankles, don't rub or cause blistering and are easy to get on since bending to put on footwear can be a struggle for me. This usually means buying slip-on shoes with a soft upper and a round toe since pointed shoes are out. But last summer I wanted to wear a skirt and my normal shoes look hideous so I hide them with trousers.
I spent an afternoon going around the shoe shops with my sister trying to find anything that didn't look like school shoes and on the off chance I tried Deichmann's a store I had previously ignored since I thought it looked both trendy and expensive at the same time. The choice was good but it was only when I was beginning to despair that I spotted these flat shoes in black that looked like the popular ballerina style shoes that were so in fashion early this year.
Why are these so good?
The shoes are shaped much like the ballerina style with a round toe and slightly elasticated sides so that they bend slightly inwards, giving them a rather strange look initially. When I picked then up I was surprised how light yet sturdy they felt. The sturdiness comes from the soles that have an integrated heel with a slight grip to them. The back of the shoe is rigid just around the heel shape and the sides of the shoes are soft with a pattern of holes so these are not really recommended for walking in the rain. But what sold them to me were the three flowers on the toes of the shoes. These give a pretty effect to what could seen as a standard shoe and since they are the same material as the shoe are strong enough to stay on.
How do they feel?
The best thing for me was the ability to pick one up and slide my foot into the shoe. With normal shoes this can lead to problems and if I can't get a shoe on my foot first time around there isn't any point buying it as sometimes I can't bend and have to slip my foot into the shoe like a slipper. With the elastic material I could also chose my normal size 6 and the shoe hugs my feet nicely without rubbing. The round toes took a little getting used to as I normally wear a shoe that comes up the front of my foot (think school shoes again). Since I was trying these for occasional wear I wasn't too worried about that. I just wanted shoes to go with a skirt or a dress.
These cost just £9.99 but I have seen them at £12.99. I've paid twice that much before now and wasted my money since the shoes became unwearable after a while. I have to try them out on a reasonably long walk or for a few hours wear to know for definite whether they will suit. Unless I pay a lot of money then most stores wouldn't make a refund on shoes that have been worn a while. My condition is very changeable and what is comfortable one day can be agony another day. I've worn these a lot now, mainly when I've been visiting or for an evening out. But one evening I got home and didn't bother to change them since they felt so comfortable. I can honestly say these are like slippers but with the convenience of shoes.
I've gone into some detail on the problems I get with buying shoes because these shoes tick almost all of my boxes. I wouldn't expect to wear them out a lot, but for times when I'd love a heel these are second best. I am unable to wear heels of any sort; I can't balance on anything that isn't flat. I suppose I could be fitted for special shoes but I'm far to conscious of being restricted as it is. I would say that these would suit many people who suffer from foot problems since they adapt so well. The round toes have allowed me the luxury of not having to wear insoles where my big toes have turned in with arthritis. I don't know if they would suit everyone but they are definitely worth trying. I haven't mentioned the material since these shoes were bought without a box (we have to pay for bags in Wales). They smell like leather but I think they are synthetic.
I have to mention that the store are also one of the very few I've found that sell Velcro shoes and snow boots at ordinary prices. For people like me this is a godsend.
Thanks for reading.
Read the complete review
Deichmann Graceland Shoe With Applique Flowers
I really love shoes and boots with heels, especially for social events, and I always wear them when I go out to town or for parties. However I have never found them to be ideal if I am going out all day, and for these occasions I love flat footwear which is comfortable, but it has to be stylish. Redfoot Shoes which are fold ... away alternatives have really impressed me, and if you haven't heard of them then take a look over at www.redfoot.co.uk, where you will find shoes which fold up and fit inside even the smallest handbag, for those moments when heels become just to hard on your feet!
Another flat alternative which I can highly recommend can be found inside Deichmann's stores. These shoes which are the subject of my review are comfortable, but very pretty, flat shoes which I have lived in for the past three years.
I came across Deichmann's stores really because we have a store in my local town of Chelmsford. I ventured in there one day, and really liked the layout of the store and what they offered in the way of the shopping experience- that being the opportunity to try on shoes by yourself from boxes without supervision.
I really enjoy shopping in stores where the assistants are there if you need them, but not if you don't. This store is exactly that. You can walk around looking, and then you can try on the shoes of your choice without anyone bothering you. In a shoe shop this is of paramount importance to me as getting a comfortable fit is what I seek. The shoes in Deichmanns are lined up along the top shelf in rows, and underneath each style are the boxes containing the different sizes pertaining to the relevant shoe, boot or sandal.
I spotted the Graceland collection as they were near to the door, and I particularly liked a style which had appliqué flowers on the front. Depending on the time of year these range from £12.99 to sale offers at £9.99, and they appear on their website under style number 1120514 over at www.deichmann-shoes.co.uk. I have purchased these in black, but I have also seen them in navy and also in a summery yellow, and I believe that they have similar styles in other shades including turquoise. During the spring and summer these shoes are displayed close to the store front, but in the winter they tend to be further back as the winter boots take front place. Season to season you may notice a slight variation in the flowers, they can be less or more of them, but the concept is the same. The shoes are a basic but functional flattie, designed with comfort in mind with an eye on style.
The shoes are extremely comfortable and are made of a synthetic material. I made a point of checking with an assistant at the weekend, when I popped in there, to verify that these shoes were not made from leather. I try to avoid leather shoes as I am a vegetarian, although some synthetic shoes can be less hard wearing and can made foot odour problems worse if you have them. I have not found either of these problems to be apparent with these shoes, which have been excellent in so many aspects.
I must confess to owning three pairs of these shoes despite still wearing the original pair most days. The reason I bought the subsequent pairs is because whenever I find comfortable shoes, I will often find that a year on they are old and worn, and when I go to replace them they are no longer sold. My original pair is now in their third year and still look really good, and the replacement pairs still sit in their boxes waiting to take their turn! The line is still stocked in the stores, so I needn't have worried anyway! I must add that I have wide feet and am generally very hard on shoes, so the fact that these have lasted in such good condition for so long is testament to their quality, which for the bargain price is remarkable!
The material is lovely and soft, and they mould to the shape of your foot. They never rub at all, and I have found them to be comfortable from morning until night. The top of the shoe has an elastic band which facilitates the foot hugging aspect. I wear jeans most days and these are ideal to wear with all trousers and skirts.
I have to confess I never expected to find such comfortable shoes in a stack them high type shop. I normally have to really look hard to find something to fit me with my wide feet, so this was a real surprise. I haven't purchased any other of their shoes, as my other shoes and boots come from my favourite shop - Fat Face, but for comfort and everyday wear I have no doubt in recommending this style which has served me so well for so long! A bargain price too!
Read the complete review
Brand: Deichmann Graceland / Type: Court Shoes
Brand: Graceland / Shoes / Type: Boots
Brand: Deichmann / Shoes / Type: Flats
|Deichmann Shoes Recommendations 1|
|dooyoo Results 1 - 3 of 3|