“ Brand: Asda / Type: Ballerina „
Since joining a sports team at university the area dedicated to fancy dress in my wardrobe increased drastically. Ok, it was actually only created after joining a sports team. Going on a themed night out once a week if a fairly expensive hobby and sad as it is I do find myself thinking with every item that I am eying up with which theme it would go. Charity stores and big supermarkets are great places to find bargains when design is more important than quality. Gorge at ASDA is my preferred brand when it comes to supermarket shopping as they seem to stock more quirky items than Tesco. Summer shoes here are cheap and cheerful but often don´t last longer than one season, but frankly, for seven pounds a pop that is well worth it.
I own a wide range of ballerina style shoes as they are just super comfortable and can be worn to any occasion. If they fit in a fancy dress theme even better. The ASDA Nautical Stripe Ballerina Shoes fit perfectly on a Sailor night out. Unlike the picture shown here mine are dark blue and white, making them look very summery but not to quirky to be worn for work. They look great with dark blue dresses, an all-white outfit combined with an oversized beach bag or simply a pair of jeans and a stripy blue top. I would not necessarily say they are more suitable for younger women but I have seen a fair few girls walk around in them.
Although they look nautical they are nothing I would take on any serious endeavor with me. For the price I did not expect much quality wise and they really did not last that long. After a couple of months wearing them fairly frequently there were holes in the sides at the base of my big toes where my feet apparently lean a bit inwards. The holes were not too bad and I kept wearing them until the end of the season. By this point the material looked quite worm and the white was not particularly clean anymore. Overall the material was not the best and my biggest complaint would certainly be the missing of a soft inner lining. I had a couple of blisters at the back of my heel and my little toes. The small strap rubbed quite badly as well which is incredibly painful if your feet are sun burnt. However, after a couple of weeks the material was a bit stretched and they tuned into a very comfortable pair of flats. Shame though that they did not last that long.
The strap - although uncomfortable at first - is a great addition. It means you can run without worrying about losing your shoes and walking while intoxicated is made a lot easier as well. If the world was according to me all shoes would have ankle straps, they might not look great but make walking a lot easier. Altogether these shoes were worth the seven pounds I spend on them. They lasted the entire summer, looked cute and were a great addition to my fancy dress cupboard.
When it comes to buying cheap shoes in local supermarkets I am a little Devil for it. I love shoes and particularly have a love of simple and flat shoes as I have what I can only describe as funny feet!
These I spotted in my local Asda store one night and I fell in love with the simple yet summery kind of feel to the design of them and when I spotted that they only cost £7.00 a pair (and were/are also available in dark blue stripe) I had to try these snazzy looking pumps on and when I had I bought them!
In sizes 4-9 with the only half size able to purchase being a 6 1/2 these are made from a none listed fabric material and have a light browny/beige sole to them which is rather thin but has lots of small grooves on it to obviously give a little grip and these are a flexible pump.
So what you get is a rounded toe red and white pump, trimmed with dark red where the foot slides in and out of it and there is a very thin strap with the same design on it with a small brown buckle and you can adjust the strap very slightly (there is only a couple of small holes to choose from). Inside the shoe it isn't padded but is dark blue material with little white anchors on it and we are told that they are George and the size is shown in there too.
These are not waterproof and are hard to clean marks off if you get them mucky as they are of course material. The inside isn't padded so for me although they are soft enough there is no support so for long distances so not only do my feet sweat slightly but they do start to ache over longer periods of time!
Nice enough though for occasional use, these are great looking casual summery shoes and I am glad that I bought them and do think that they are superb quality for a mere 7 pound coins!
Only available in Asda stores and from Asdadirect.com