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In the past few years I've become a bit of a converse-o-holic and I now own countless pairs, what attracts me to the brand is that their shoes come in so many different styles, colours and quirky patterns; there's high tops, low tops even ones that are knee high; there's fuzzy lined ones for winter - I've even spotted flip flops for the summer! I browse through ebay I'd say on a weekly basis and it's amazing the bargains you can pick up on there, quite often I'll have a nosey at the second hand shoes because sometimes you'll be lucky enough to stumble upon a pair that have only been worn the once yet they're up for some crazily low bargain price. One of my most recent purchases are the black and white starry low tops depicted in the dooyoo picture, I've admired them for a while but not been prepared to spend the £30+ that they seem to sell for in the shops on the highstreet. The seller on ebay had a buy it now of £25.00 including postage which seemed ever so reasonable and so I decided to purchase them quickly before anyone else could pip me to the post!
Sadly I'm a girl who hasn't been blessed with the skills to walk in heels and so I do try to stick to flats as much as possible, mainly because I don't relish staggering and falling over if I attempt to walk at anything faster than a snails pace. Converse are very walkable and I find that I can even run in these (not that I partake in such vigorous exercise very often mind you); they are also a brand that produces extremely comfy shoes, I find that I can walk the dogs for miles without my feet hurting or blisters occuring and thanks to the vent holes in the sides of the shoes, no more sweaty feet! The holes work really well in letting your tootsies breathe, helping banish those nasty niffs. I wear converse on a daily basis and some of my pairs I've owned for a couple of years now, I find the soles hold up really well and it takes a long time before they begin to show signs of wear; they're also grippy so you won't go skidding everywhere. The only thing I would say is beware when wearing on rainy days as they aren't particularly waterproof and you may find water comes through the vent holes and makes your socks a wee bit soggy.
I love the pattern on these ones, I find they are striking enough so that they stand out from say regular navy pumps but that you can wear them with pretty much anything; though I tend to stick to skinny jeans of some description they also look fab with leggings, jeggings, even shorts. I think the stars look really cute but not so much that adults can't wear them - heck I'm a student and me and my friends are dedicated converse wearers so don't think they're just for kids at all. Due to having the white rubber soles they can get grubby, you can either give them a quick wipe over with a damp cloth or pop them in the washing machine. Converse are a brand that I will buy again and again, their shoes are quality and don't fall apart in a matter of months; they're really well made so don't let the price tag put you off. 5 stars from me and a definite favourite of mine.
I bought my first pair of Converse trainers from Amazon a month ago.
I now have two pairs, this Chuck Taylor pair and a Hi pair (with a higher top, like a small boot).
These trainers are actually really comfy and cosy. They're easy to put on and the laces are easy to work with. I haven't had to re thread the laces yet but it looks like it'd be an easy process as they aren't too thick. The trainers have a funky design to them which is basically a pattern of small white stars on a black background. The design does vary. My friend has the same pair and her stars are located in different places. However I love the way that mine look and the design is really striking.
I can shop for hours in these shoes and they don't hurt my feet or make my feet ache. They don't cause any pain or discomfort to my feet and I haven't had any blisters since wearing these, which is rare for me. The trainers are easy to clean and wipe down if their sole happens to get dirty and they're light and airy. They're not too heavy to wear and they don't cause any odour to the feet either. You can also purchase them in half sizes. I am usually a 7 but I ordered a 7.5 for that extra bit of room. I would recommend purchasing them half a size up as they're not very wide at the top. Luckily I have slim feet so this doesn't really bother me.
I would recommend these trainers/ shoes. They look great, they ARE great!
Available to buy on Amazon for just under £30 per pair.
~Starry starry Converse All Stars~
Having had a pair of Converse All Star Clear Shoes which didn't last as well as my other trusty Converse shoes I have, I was rather taken with these funky star encrusted Converse All Star Chuck Taylor Star Ox Shoes which I bought after having my money refunded for the other pair. The look of these shoes with their all over white star pattern on a solid black body is both bold and fun and I feel it is a look that goes well with casual outfits including jeans for a fun and quirky comfortable day time feel.
The materials used to make up these Converse All Star Chuck Taylor Star Ox Shoes is durable and of a quality that I have come to expect from the Converse range. I have found that the black canvas used to make up these shoes is lighter than some of the canvas material on some of my other Converse shoes which makes a smoother base for the all over white star pattern which is printed onto the material. This means that the white stars sit nice and flat on the black canvass giving the shoes a smoother finished look.
~Lace me up~
The laces on my Converse All Star Chuck Taylor Star Ox Shoes came as just one set in a plain white colour and there was no spare set of laces with them. They may have originally had a spare set as many of the Converse shoes I have came with spare contrast coloured laces, although as I bought these from a discount store where there were rows of all kinds of shoes on sale (which from time to time get moved from their original boxes) I was not offered a spare set. The laces that did come with these were pre laced into place and they are just about long enough to do up in a bow, but cannot be doubled tied which is what I prefer.
The rubber side walls of these Converse All Star Chuck Taylor Star Ox Shoes is in a clean and bright white when they are new and I find them easy to wipe clean with a baby wipe if they get dirty. The all round trim design on these shoes is in a simple black colour which is in keeping with the black and white theme of the shoes and this has stayed in place well with no parts of it coming away. The front of these Converse All Star Chuck Taylor Star Ox Shoes have the usual rubber covered toe covers which protect your toes reasonably well when the shoes are on your feet and these parts are also easily cleaned if needed.
The rubber soles on the Converse All Star Chuck Taylor Star Ox shoes are well made and have a nice grip pattern to them which means you are less likely to slip when wearing them. The Converse logo is placed at the heel of the shoes as usual and this has stayed on so far, although it is something I will keep an eye on as these parts of the shoe do come off a little and need re gluing from time to time on some of my other Converse shoes. The insoles of the shoes have the usual amount of padding to them which I feel gives them a comfortable feel and the insides of the shoes has a nice white lining that means you can wear these with white sneaker socks if wanted.
~Price and rating~
These Converse All Star Chuck Taylor Star Ox Shoes are well made and durable when in wear and they can be washed by hand if wanted to freshen them up. The material is thinner than on some of my other Converse shoes and the uppers are not water proof at all which is a slight minus point. The cost of these does vary depending on where you buy them from and they can sell for as much as £29.99 although I was lucky enough to buy mine from a discount store for £9.99 which I consider to be a real bargain. As I have found these to be a nice pair of shoes that are comfortable to wear I feel I want to give them a 4 star product rating.