“ Brand: Adidas / Type: Trainers „
One of my former colleagues has quite a quirky dress sense. She has some 'unique' items of clothing and she puts them together in the most bonkers way. She once wore a onesie in the office. Thus I don't usually fall in love with what she is wearing, but just before she left last month, she wore some great Adidas trainers with a wedge heel. I needed to have these shoes. I love comfy shoes but being petite I also like to have a bit of a heel. She assured me that they were comfy and you don't notice the heel. She had bought them in Camden at a shop called Scorpion Shoes where they were reduced from £79 to £45. I checked on-line and the offer was still on with free postage and packing. Somehow or other my credit card appeared in my sticky paw and an order was placed.
As I say, I ordered from Scorpion Shoes but they are also sold in Schuh and other retailers, but not all have the lower price. My shoes arrived a few days later and I was a bit nervous as sizing can be difficult if you buy on-line. I am a 3½ normally but decided to go for the 4 (the smallest size they had in stock - but I believe you can get them in a 3). I am glad I did as the shoes are a snug fit, but not tight. I recommend going up a size if you are normally a half-size as, to me, they come up a bit small.
My shoes are black, but they are also available in blue. The upper part of the shoes are leather with the trademark three white stripes stitched on (they feel rubber). At the back is a rubber patch with the logo embossed on it. There is a heavy duty fabric strip at the back (under the logo) which forms the basis of a pull on tab. At the front, on the tongue, is also a patch with the logo, this time the logo is printed in black on a white ground. The under part of the tongue is soft black fabric. The sole is also rubber and is white. There is a fabric lining that has a vibrant blue giraffe type print inside. The fabric has a satin type sheen, but is more heavy duty. The shape of these borders on the basketball/Converse type with two pairs of loops coming up the front of the leg and a pull on tab at the back. The shoes aren't actually coming that high up your leg because of the wedge heel, but they have that look about them. The heel is about 1 ½ inches high, which is a fraction lower than my 'everyday' black ankle boots that I normally wear for work, so I am quite comfortable with this height. The wedge heel makes you feel stable, it is not like a narrow stiletto type heel, and your feet are laced into the shoe, so are secure. You are not going to fall off these shoes any time soon.
As mentioned they are a snug fit, and I don't tend to do up the laces to the top, as I have a high instep, preferring to just lace them up to the top of the foot (plus I am lazy). I have found them comfortable to walk in around town out and about shopping, at work or whatnot. I probably wouldn't wear these for a 'proper' walk in the country. Even though they have the grooved rubber sole, I see them more as a fashion trainer rather than a sport or exercise shoe. I have run in them only for a train, and they were fine, I didn't feel off-balance with the wedge but at the same time I don't think that are what they are designed for and am unlikely to run any distance in them unless there is something chasing me. I have worn them all day when visiting an exhibition and felt comfortable and my feet did not feel as tired than they would have if I had my usual boots on.
I did walk in a puddle in these and got a wet ankle, but the water splashed in the top where I hadn't done the laces all the way to the top. I am unlikely to go wading through puddles normally, and would expect these to offer some degree of protection. I wore them during one of the UK's snowy days and my feet stayed dry, if not particularly warm. The grooved sole meant by footing felt secure even with the slight heel, compared to flat soled boots with no grooves.
Personally I think these shoes are bang on trend at the moment as well as being comfortable, practical and easy to wear, so I do recommend trying them if you are looking for a fashion trainer.