“ Brand: Dorothy Perkins / Type: Pumps „
I love shoes! and now that I have reached the ripe old age of (ahem!) 31, I find more and more that I can not last a night in a pair of heels let alone a full day at work so my wardrobe is now awash with flats. I just love them, especially those that are a little different.
Being a chubby girl, I dont always feel brave enough to wear bold patterned tops, and every single day at work I don the old faithful black pants so I will be eternally grateful for all the jazzy flats on the market that allow me to push the boundries a bit and flash a bit of bling, animal print or stripes and the best thing they are all over the high street and supermarkets priced really reasonably.
These shoes are a black and white zebra print with a bright red trim and a little cute red bow, the inside is a light brown and the sole is black rubber with a teeny tiny heel. I have had these shoes a while so they are not in tip top condition but still wearable to go shopping in.
I am a size 5 but bought these in a 6 because I found them to be quite tight at the sides although now I have worn them in they do easily slip off! - (i so wish they did half sizes in all shoes)
I found that they dont make your feet smell like some flats can although thats probably as theyre a little bit now and the air is managing to get in and circulate and I feel comfy wearing these for long periods of time.
Smart enough for work and lunch with the girls and casual enough for supermarket shopping and dog walking...Perfect!
Price wise, around a tenner so money well spent.
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Style: Ballet pump type shoes. Totally flat apart from a tiny raised heel at the back which is probably under the 3cm mark so definetly won't give you added height! They're amazingly eye catching because of the unusual print. Many animal print shoes are leapord print, but these are a beautiful black and white zebra print, with a beautiful red edge around where the top of the feet show and a discreet red bow. Black rubber type sole.
The shoes aren't the most discreet, but are eye catching for the right reasons; i've got many compliments, with many people assuming they had cost alot more than they actually had. My friend actually said "'I wish i could afford a nice pair of shoes like that!" I then explained to her that they were infact under the £20 mark, and she rushed out and got herself a pair. They're not hugely casual but ofcourse look nice with jeans, they're more of a going out for a meal or drink shoe due to the pretty pattern. I don't wear flats when going out on a night time so usually wear them with a pair of jeans, which i'm still not completely convinced looks casual enough for the flats to pass off as a day to day shoe.
Not amazingly comfy to be honest, firstly because they're pretty stiff due to the plastic-type material, aswell as the sole been ridiculously thin, so much so you can feel every crack in the pavement. I assumed that the sole was a thick rubber, when in fact it's a thin layer of plastic and wears down very easily. They don't support the ankles or feet well and i often find my feet going slightly sideways when walking because they don't seem to fit that great, even though i made sure to get the correct size. As mentioned before the shoe is a plastic type material which although isn't hugely comfy, it feels decent quality. I'm able to walk around town etc in them for a brief shopping trip but if i was to go out for the day these wouldn't be my choice of footwear because of the thin sole and lack of support.
Price and Value:
£18. In my opinion this is very overpriced. No one would wear these shoes enough to get there money out of them unless they didn't care about the fact that you can feel pebbles etc digging in to your toes when walking on the pavement. They're okay, don't get me wrong, but are certiannly, in my books, not worth £18. The sole is cheap and cheerful and the shoe doesn't seem to fit well. On the plus side, the pattern is unusual and pretty and the shoes material (a plastic man made type material) seems to be of decent quality, but i wouldn't be suprised if there were better quality flats for £10 less in matalan or primark.
Overall opinion: Overpriced.
As much as I love my heels and I really love my heels they are just not practical for everyday use.
As a mum of three little ones flat shoes are a must for running around after them, school runs and the like and every girl needs a funky pair of flats.
I saw these cute flats in Dorothy Perkins on sale for just £9.99 and well I couldn't resist.
The first thing that you notice about the shoes is the pattern on them. They are very striking with the cream and black zebra style print. The front of the shoes have a little leather style bow in pink and that's also the colour of the trim around the shoe. The shoes themselves are very bendy and the rubber sole on the base of the shoes is quite thin and it's a very soft rubber which does make them comfortable to wear as there is no tough leather base.
The shoes themselves have very suede like quality to the feel and look of the shoe and they are very soft to touch as indeed are the rest of the shoes. They are very bendy and I mean that they give easily due to the soles and have a slipper like feel to them.
I do have quite wide feet and for the price I was surprised at how comfortable they were and I think that that it down to the slight padding that the insole of the shoe has. Even from the first time of wearing the shoes I didn't get any blisters and my feet were snug in the shoe and I didn't experience any rubbing against either my toes or the back of my heels.
What I did notice while wearing the shoes is that due to the soft rubber soles you can feel everything under your feet and everything that you walk on so they are not best suited for walking on uneven ground or pebbles.
What I did notice with the shoes was that they did wear down quite quickly on the soles with them being made of quite thin rubber. This also means that your foot in the shoes is closer to the ground and I found that the sides of the shoes started to wear down as they were rubbing against the ground. I do have wide feet so I appreciate that that may account for the wearing down on the sides however the sole on the shoe is quite narrow and only the daintiest feet would fit neatly on the sole!
I have had the shoes for over 6 months now and they are still in good condition apart from the slight wear on the sides of the shoes. I keep the shoes clean by just using a hard brush and gently sweeping them to remove any dirt or marks on them.
I should say that my friend also purchased a pair from a different store and the material on hers is a little different, they have more of a leather type feel to them rather than suede and the trim and bow are more of a red colour so I think that there are a few slight variations.
I was lucky and purchased mine in the sales for just £9.99 and the usual price is £19.99 so they were a bargain and are perfect when you want to add a little glamour to your feet while still being comfortable.
Shoes, shoes and more shoes!! In my opinion you can never have enough shoes and now that I am a mum and running around after a little one generally heels are out of the question. I love the way heels make me feet and legs look but they are not that practical when I need shoes that are comfortable to walk around in, play in, run to the park in and generally kick off when I need to sit on the floor. Some of the best, cheapest but good looking and long lasting shoes I have found are in Dorothy Perkins and I have had the aforementioned pair for about a year now.
The shoes themselves are flat ballet pump type shoes that slip on and off the feet easily. What I like about these shoes is that they are quite wide. I have wide feet and some ballet pumps are really thin and don't fit on my fat feet but I find that they fit well and feel really comfortable throughout the day. Also they are quite wide and spacious around the toe area which is another problem area for me. Often the front of these types of shoes can be very narrow and not fit the toes very well making them quite cramped and sore by the end of the day but these have lots of room and are very comfortable.
The bottom of the shoe is made of plastic and so is quite hard wearing. Like I've mentioned above I have had the shoes for about a year now and then have not worn out at all and still have a lot of trend on them. THey have the slightest of a heel which gives you a tiny bit of a lift at the back but nothing to notice that you foot is higher at the back and this little lip is still in place and has not worn down either.
The shoes have a really lovely black and white zebra print pattern and look quite stylish to me. You can never go wrong with animal print and I think these are quite a timeless shoe that will last a long time in terms of style. What's nice is that they go with just about anything, jeans, trousers and plain skirts due to the colour combination of them. They do have a flash of red on them. There is a piping of red pipe around the outside of the shoe and I think it makes a really nice contract from the black and the white. The only problem with this piping is that where it joins together it rubbed my feet slightly for the first few times that I wore them but now that has calmed down and does not rub anymore. There is also a red bow made out of the same red piping on the front of the shoe.
I believe I paid something in the region of £18 for these flats and have got a lot of use out of them and enjoy wearing them.
I normally do not wear a lot of flat shoes as I am a fan of having a heel but these zebra print shoes really stood out to me in the shop and I knew that I needed to buy them especially as it was summer and my feet were swelling a little in the shoes that I was wearing.
They came from Dorothy Perkins and cost me £20 which considering the price I sometimes pay for shoes was a bit of a bargain in my eyes.
They are certainly eye catching and although I can tend towards loud prints these are surprisingly not as in your face as you might imagine in the flesh. The zebra print is striking but because of the black and white effect it makes them much more practical for a variety of outfits. The red piping adds a splash of colour to them which if you are wearing a subdued outfit just gives it a little bit more interest.
They are made from a man made material which feels like it is quality and well made. I ended up wearing them quite a lot during the nice weather and they are still in excellent condition and I plan on wearing them again as soon as the spring is here.
The sole is not as thin as some flats I have owned and this does help them be more comfortable as I am not afraid of standing on little stones and them hurting my feet. The sole also helps me feel as though I have a little bit of height even though this is more psychological than actually a reality.
Wearing them in comparison to my heeled shoes was something of a revelation. I am so used to wearing heels that I barely ever notice any discomfort but when I had these on it was like walking on a thick carpet because they were so comfy. The only thing that spoilt this was that the back did rub and cause me to lose some skin which I had to keep putting plasters on. This is normal with new shoes though and they soon stopped rubbing as much and I could wear them a whole day without it happening but the slight rubbing feeling was always there even if it did stop taking my skin off.
These zebra print shoes have now become one of my favourite shoes and I love wearing them with jeans. I do still prefer a heel but on those days when my feet are feeling a little tender I can just whip these on instead and know I'm not going to have any pain but still be in a beautiful pair of shoes.
I don't normally like animal prints but picked these up in a Dorothy Perkins sale as I was looking for something to slip on easily to use when driving.
Being a bit of a wimp, I was nervous about driving my new car so wanted a thin-soled shoe which would help me feel the pedals a bit better and these were spot on perfect.
They cost me £10 and I have actually worn them loads more than I thought I would as they are very handy for just slipping on for everyday tasks such as shopping or hanging around at home.
The shoes are synthetic and have lovely red piping around the top which adds a bit of colour and contrast. They are well made, easy to wear and are not too garish.
I have worn these pumps quite a bit but would avoid walking too far in them as they lack support and have thin soles, meaning they are not comfortable for long periods of time as you can feel the impact of the pavement under your feet. However they are great for short term wear or days when you are driving more than walking.
My feet didn't get hot or sweaty in them, as can be the case in other cheap shoes of a similar design.
I have always been a fan of pumps, especially cheap ones for hanging around in and these did the job well. I got a good deal for the price and am pleased that they look more expensive than they were and go so well with jeans, which I live in.
All in all they were a great little buy and have plenty of life left in them despite a decent amount of wear so far.
I love animal print shoes, so when I saw these Zebra print pumps drastically reduced in Dorothy Perkins I had to have them. They were so cheap (by Dorothy Perkins standards) that I think they were possibly end of stock so you might have to do a bit of hunting to find a pair if you like them.
And what's not to like? These pumps are well made, look brilliant and are so comfortable to wear that you might as well be wearing slippers! The contrasting red piping around the foot is an unusual twist and something I haven't seen on this style and colour of animal print pump before.
The pumps are made of a synthetic material, this surprised me actually as the full price of £20 would have suggested they were leather and the finish of the shoe also looks like leather. Still, at least all you vegan types can buy these shoes in the comfort of knowing that they might look like zebra skin but no animals have been injured in the making of them!
The lining is very comfortable to wear, they don't make my feet sweat or start feeling icky even when I've been wearing the shoes all day. This is important to me as although I adore shoes I'm not the sort of girl who changes my outfit numerous times a day, when I pick out my shoes in the morning I want to know they're going to be comfortable all day.
I find the shaping of the shoe to be perfect, the sole is lightly padded to give some cushioning as I walk and the instep is raised slightly so that my feet can retain their natural shape despite this being a very flat and thin sole. The toe is nicely rounded, but without making the shoes look cut off or clunky at all. Overall I'd say these are very comfortable pumps to wear, the backs did rub quite badly when they were brand new but this wasn't anything a couple of plasters couldn't sort out and the material soon softened up.
I like the way the zebra stripes have been designed, sometimes I think zebra can be quite awkward as shoe designers never seem to know when to stop with them! I've got one pair where there are far too many black stripes, which gives them an almost cow print design instead of zebra. And we all know cow print is for kids (or cowboys).
£4.50 (usual priced £20) from Dorothy Perkins.