“ Brand: Cath Kidston / Type: Pumps „
I bought these little Cath Kidston tiny rose floral pumps last summer. I love Cath Kidston handbags, and so when when I spotted these floral pumps in the Cath Kidston concession in Selfridges for just £18.00 I thought that I'd give them a go as they looked really cute and summery.
Unfortunately I ended up having slightly mixed feelings about these, and so I probably wouldn't buy another pair.
First the good.
These are little cotton slip on pumps, they are in a pale blue colour which looks lovely for the summer, and which goes really well with jeans or denim cut offs. They have a really cute little floral design all over the pumps, and they do look cute and summery with most things actually; including linen trousers, shorts, summer dresses etc. The cute floral design is also printed on the interior of the pumps as well. They are really lightweight and they slip on and off easily enough. They have a red and white striped elastic panel at the front of the pumps to aid with slipping the pumps on and off and to create a comfortable fit, this elastic panel was a bit of a godsend for me as I ended up going up a size and so this ensured that the pumps stayed on my feet. They have a slim white flexible rubber sole which has flowers embossed onto the rubber creating a slight grip effect for if you are walking on a slippery surface. They are machine washable - brilliant! Mine have probably been washed half a dozen times since last summer. They are easy to pack for a holiday or weekend away as they squash flat and take up hardly any space, and no matter how squashed they've been in your luggage they still look fine again when you take them out to wear them.
Now for the bad.
I didn't find the sizing to be that great for me; I'm normally a size 5, the 5 was slightly on the small side, however the 6 was slightly too big. I went for the 6 in the end, and although I think that I did make the right choice they are on the big side, and so occasionally do rub a little bit. The Cath Kidston logos that are sewn onto the insoles are quite rough and do irritate the soles of my feet, I can constantly feel the logos and although they did get softer with the repeated machine washes, they've never got completely comfortable. Although the rubber sole is slim and flexible creating a really lightweight pump, it also means that you can feel the stones and cobbles beneath your feet. The soles don't really give your feet any support as they are so slim, and so I find that my feet will ache a bit if I'd walked around in these all day. Although these are machine washable they do get shabbier with each wash, the material fades slightly, they lose there shape slightly, and the elastic panel loses some of its elasticity and some of its shape as well.
So although I didn't spend a fortune on these, and I do still have them and wear them occasionally, I probably wouldn't buy another pair as they just had a few too many negatives for me.
I used to work in a restaurant and the dress code was quite informal, jeans, shirt and whatever reasonable and comfy foot ware you wanted. I always went for comfortable flats like Toms and pumps that I could wear for long shifts and run about in. I came across Cath Kidston pumps in a small section of Selfridges and immediately loved them and thought them to be perfect for work.
Much to my surprise they are very reasonably priced for Cath Kidston at £18, I would expect them to be much higher, especially considering the prices they charge for clothing in stores. I would happily pay this price for a nice unbranded pair of pumps. As with much of Cath Kidstons range, these are available in a few different patterns and colours in the same shoe style, so you can buy one of each at this price.
These pumps are in the 'Tiny Rose' pattern. The background colour is a delicate pale/light blue which is lovely for the summer. The flowers are very petite and understated, not too busy. They are yellow, pink, red and white and painted on in a hazy manner. The rubber sole is white coloured as is the tubing along the edges of the shoe. The front panel has an elastic and flexible joining piece which makes the pump stay on your foot and adjusts for comfort. This is stripes red and white and quite nautical looking, which is a 'in' trend at the moment!
The shoes are very lightweight on your feet as they are made from 100% cotton, the lining is also 100% cotton and the0020sole is thermo plastic rubber. The good thing about these is they are machine washable and with me using them for work they needed washing regularly. I think I must have washed them 5+ times before they started to look a bit scruffy and I threw them out, but I think they are cheap enough to replace. The colour means that any dirt is very obvious; I think most of the patterns are light coloured.
With these shoes being quite a thin material they are not particularly hardwearing or heavy duty, though good quality material they are not for long walking or constant wear as they will start to show signs of wear. The pumps are barely noticeable on your feet being lightweight and are extremely comfortable which is why I went out and bought another pair as soon as these had had their last wear. Be careful not to stub your toe in these as it as close as you can get to walking barefoot!
This shoes is available in sizes 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 and 41 and both in store and online, they may also be available in department stores too like John Lewis and Selfridges, a great, pretty pair of pumps for the summertime. They look great with both jeans and skirts.