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These are a pair of my work shoes and that is the only place I wear them as they aren't really my personal style. They aren't hideous but they are a bit too sombre and professional for me to want to wear on a weekend.
I do have to say that for heels there are so comfortable to wear and they felt really good when I first tried them on in the shop and they didn't need time to soften and be more flexible as they were comfortable from the first wear. I can literally wear these all day and not suffer that feeling of absolute desperation when you just want to go home and take your shoes off and get into some slippers.
They also have a really good grip at the heel where they keep me in the shoe safely but stop me from sliding out of it when walking.
I went to Clarkes specifically for work shoes as I wanted something that would stand the test of time. I buy a lot of my going out shoes from places like New Look and River Island and although they look good and are fine for the money the quality is just not the same as it is from somewhere like Clarkes. I know these shoes are going to last me for ages and even though they were more expensive than I would have liked to have paid I know that I am paying for the quality and workmanship.
They are made from leather and have a stitching detail as well as a little leather toggle bow on the toes. The bow is cute and stops them from being too dull and boring but it doesn't stop them from looking professional still. These could easily be worn in any office.
I like the heel from a practicality point but not from an aesthetic one. The heel for my personal tastes is too thick and chunky but it does make them so much easier to walk in and I always feel secure even when walking over slightly slippery surfaces. Even the clacking sound isn't too bad on hard surfaces.
I might not want to wear these out of the office in a nightclub as I just think they aren't my style but they are a really good quality and comfortable shoe that has a classic style and would be perfect for the office. They do cost £64.99 but I really do think that this is a good price because they are so well made and will last for ages without the heel breaking or coming apart like cheaper shoes.
I have to dress smartly for work and although I am not a shoe addict , I am always on the lookout for smart comfortable black shoes. I can usually find something in Clarks and so I usually head there when I am looking for work shoes.
I bought the Bombay shoes in black but I think I have seen them in other colours.
They are a black leather court shoe with feature white stitching and a bow on the front. Heel height is about 2.75" and they have a part leather but mainly rubber sole and are leather lined.
They look and feel well made and are a substantial sturdy shoe. When I tried them on they fit perfectly and felt really comfortable.
They come in size 3 to 9 with half sizes to size 8.
What Do I Think?
I really like these shoes as they are very comfortable and easy to wear. I am not standing all day but I do a lot of walking during the day and these remain comfortable after a full day of wear.
They have got the balance of the shoe right and although they have a heel , they are very easy to walk in.
The heel is substantial and chunky, so no catching your heel in the cracks of the pavement, something I do regularly.
I feel they are a really stable shoe especially in wet weather or on shiny floors as the rubber sole grips the surface.
I think the bow lifts the look and makes them really elegant and feminine and I also like the stitching around the shoe , it makes them a little different from a plain court.
I also like the rounded shape and that they cover my toes so no toe cleavage.
A pet hate of mine is different coloured heels on black shoes as I don't think they look right so another bonus is that the heel matches the shoe.
They are quite a wide and large fitting shoe with plenty of room at the toe, so I bought a half size down from my normal size.
I think they look good with skirts or trousers and the round toe and bow give them a slightly retro look which I really like.
I am really hard on my shoes, I always seem to scuff the front catch the heel or do something to them usually the first time I wear them. I always use a leather protector to protect the shoe and hopefully my feet from wet weather.I found these really hardwearing and being black leather I could easily cover any scuffs I made primarily on the toe.
I don't wear the same pair of shoes every days as I like to rotate them so they can air and breathe in between wears so I can't say exactly how long I had these but it was years rather than months.
I think these were a great buy and testament to that is I bought the same pair again when I had to retire them.
Available from Clarks for £64.99