“ Brand: Animal / Type: Skate Shoes - Girls „
I have to admit that when I recently ordered these shoes, direct from Animal's own UK website, I had a moment of niggling doubt where I considered whether I am in fact 'too old' for this kind of footwear at the grand old age of 32. I had not actually owned a pair of these style of trainers for a good few year but throughout my late teens and early 20s I practically lived in pair after pair of Vans and Airwalks and adored them. Anyway, I had recently had to abandon my general everyday trainers and needed some more when I found a link to a sale on the Animal website and managed to bag a pair of these for £20. The bargain price enabled me to overlook my fleeting concerns over whether I could still convincingly wear these shoes and I am glad that this was the case as they are as comfortable now as they ever were. 'Nancy' is the name of the style of shoe from Animal and it comes in a range of colours and patterns, mine are a black base with some multi coloured stitching round the heels and toes. This might sound hideous but it is actually very subtle and I like it. Being a 'skate' shoe (ie. intended for use by skateboarders) these are wide and very flat with a deep sole and good grip. They look a bit like a more trendy version of a deck shoe. Because of the width and depth of the soles they are very comfortable to wear and are designed to be virtually slip on and off with the laces fairly loose. In fact I would almost go so far as to say the laces here are for decorative purposes. I quickly knotted mine right behind the top eyeholes and then chopped the excess off, this is how confident I was that I do not need them. A nice touch here is that the shoes arrived with a white pair of laces already in them but also with a spare black pair in case you wanted to change them to less obvious ones or in case black laces are just more to your taste. The grip on these shoes is good and the are great for running errands and driving in, I would not, however, want to wear them to exercise in as they are designed to be worn fairly loose and therefore I would not trust them to be in any way supportive of my feet or ankles. They do look very good under jeans though! These are more of a fashion statement than an athletic shoe, but they do the job I wanted them for very well, namely giving me a comfy, fashionable pair of shoes with which to run about at the weekends in. The quality is pretty good with Animal and all the stitching is tight and neat, if you can find them on offer then the Nancy style is a very safe bet as a spare pair of trainers. I have decided you are never too old for these type of shoes, especially after a week of dashing about in heels for work, my feet are very thankful for them!