Product Type: Carvela Hunter Original
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Getting feminine with Arena
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
Advantages: Gorgeous in style and elegant
Even though I won't be returning to work until October this year it is never too late to start adding to my work shoe collection. Even though I am on maternity leave I do still attend the odd work event, seminar and meeting so I do still have to dress smart. Most of my work shoes have pretty much died of death and last year I did buy a few pairs in replacement but once I see a shoe sale I can't help myself but this way I can purchase new shoes for work without forking out so much money.
A pair I managed to pick up at the end of last year are called Arena and they were a pair I had liked previously but I had always opted for something else instead which was a shame as these shoes are smart and sophisticated. Arena are by Carvela, which is one of my favourite brands as I feel they always provide high quality shoes which are made well and they last.
What Carvela say:
"Arena by Carvela is a cute court with contrasting high heel and platform. With the bow detail to the toe adding a touch of femininity, soften up tailored trousers; one of this seasons key wardrobe staples."
Arena comes in black, metallic and purple. I bought the purple version which has a patent finish. Even though it is classed as purple it is more of a burgundy almost plum colour which I preferred over the black version as the colour is a little different and adds a dash of colour to a grey or black suit. The detail on these shoes is the little fabric bow, again in a plum colour, placed on top of the round toe. There is a gold little chain which is meant to be the knot of the bow which adds a little colour to the shoes. The inside of the shoes are the same deep plum colour which matches the shoes, there is a little padding for extra comfort for the balls of your feet and heels.
The shoes are made from leather which even though a little more rigid than I was expecting the leather does soften up quite a lot but not too much so they gape at the sides. I found the shoes do stretch a little when the leather gives after wearing them a few times but fortunately they didn't become too loose on my feet. I did buy my normal size and I found them to fit me well, a little snug but not too tight and once the leather gives they felt like the perfect fit. Because the leather is soft I didn't have any rubbing or redness whatsoever.
The heels are a stiletto heel but not over slim so they are quite easy to walk in. The heels are around 11cm which isn't too high for me and I found that the platform which is just over 1cm takes a little height off the heel and adds balance to the shoes. The heel and the platform even though are the same colour as the shoes the finish is different as it is similar to a suede material which gives a nice contrast to the patent, glossy finish of the shoes.
I've worn these shoes just a handful of times at a few seminars which of course involves a lot of walking around and mingling so I tend to be on my feet throughout the seminar and it is essential for my shoes to be comfortable as it can be rather painful if not. I found Arena comfortable as soon as I started to walk in them. They are not too high and the platform nicely balances out the heel and makes them incredibly easy to walk in. The round provides enough room for your toes and the front part of your foot and they don't feel too tight once on. The leather is soft around the foot and there was no rubbing or redness which was great as I do wear them for long periods of time. Because of the patent finish any scuffs will show up easily so I do try and be careful when I am wearing them. But overall they are a great shoe for walk, comfortable, stylish and classy.
Arena can be purchased at any Carvela retailer but I managed to buy mine online at Kurt Geiger in their sale. They originally retailed at £130.00 but I paid £49.00 which I think is a very reasonable price for such a great pair of shoes. I think the original price is a little high and this was the main reason why I hadn't bought them until they were in the sale. Sizes range from 3 to 8 but bear in mind they are in the sale and the size range may be reduced.
Summary: A lovely pair of shoes for day and night
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