“ Brand: Converse / Type: Sneaker „
I do a lot of walking about during the day and I like to wear flat comfortable shoes. As I'm tall I rarely wear heels because I don't need the extra height, and I save my heels for special occasions. Converse type trainers are one of my favourite wardrobe staples and I have a number of different styles and colours in my shoe cupboard that get worn frequently. I saw these Marrimekko Spotted Ox trainers on the ASOS website www.asos.com and just had to have them! I paid the full RRP of £60.00 but they're currently reduced in the sales.
Product description: "These All Star trainers by Converse feature an original 1960s Marimekko print and have been crafted with a canvas upper and a rubber sole. The details include: signature styling with 6-eye lace-up closure, logo branding to the tongue, a contrast toe cap and a chunky contrast sole."
These shoes are from the Converse All Star Marimekko line and feature the iconic All Star Ox design which has been brought up to date with an all-over printed fabric. Converse have been making stylish sports footwear since 1915 and in 2011 they teamed up with Finnish textile designers Marimekko to form a collaborative collection. My Spotted Ox trainers came in some gorgeous packaging, with a special Converse <3's Marimekko shoe box, and a matching spotted fabric drawstring bag to keep the shoes in. I also received two sets of shoe laces; one white pair and one red pair. I like that I can easily change the look of my shoes by switching the laces over, and think it was a nice touch for an extra pair to be supplied.
I absolutely love this dotted pattern, and the attention to detail is lovely. On the outside the main background of the fabric is white with roughly shaped black dots, and the lining is also patterned with a white background and red dots. This slight twist on the classic polka dot is a fun feature and the monochromatic shades mean that the trainers match a variety of different outfits. They feature the traditional rubber sole and toe cap in a bright white colour. This can be prone to getting scuff marks but cleans up easily, especially if you use my friend's top tip of scrubbing with a bit of Cif cleaner!
These Ox trainers are the ultimate in comfort and are perfect for wearing all day if you need to be doing a lot of walking. The lace fastening means that I can get a nice tight fit on my feet, which is good because my feet are quite narrow and sometimes shoes can feel a bit loose without having lacing there to tighten them up properly. The laces are a little thicker than normal and very easy to adjust and tie. I find these shoes are incredibly comfortable to wear and I am able to walk around for hours without getting tired or sore feet. The sole is quite thick and gives a nice solid base to the shoe, as well as having a decent tread pattern to offer grip during the less than ideal weather that we are all too common with over here. Inside the shoes feel well fitted and cushiony and they do not rub at all even when worn for a long time and after doing lots of walking.
I can highly recommend these shoes as they're practically perfect in every way. It's definitely worth looking out for this collaboration if you like Converse trainers and want something a little different with the Marimekko pattern. I love these shoes and would definitely buy others from this range.