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As a busy mum of two I tend to wear flat shoes all the time now. I love my heels but they are just not practical when you are at the park on the swings and slides. I still like to look stylish though and like a yummy mummy so I am always on the lookout for shoes that are comfortable and practical but cute looking too. I find flat pumps or ballet flats, as I like to call them, are the best for my feet and most comfortable and go with my jeans as well so I always like to find nice pairs of these.
I like to have lots of different pairs to go with different outfits and as they are usually quite cheap its easy to buy a few pairs each season to update my look. I usually buy my flat pumps from Next or New Look but recently I have found that Next are getting really expensive for flat shoes that you could buy elsewhere for a lot less. New Look usually does quite cheap pairs and I like them but on a trip to Tesco's at the start of the summer I found lots of nice pairs in the Florence and Fred range.
I was actually quite impressed at the range of flat pumps in Tesco's. I thought they would really only have a few pairs of cheap looking shoes but their selection was bang on trend and some of them were of really good quality. There were ones with little jewels on, fringes, and ribbons and one of the pairs that I bought was some leopard print ribbon ballerinas. I think you have to be very careful with animal print shoes as they can look quite tacky but these are a nice mixture of subtle browns and black and look really quite stylish. I think it helps that they are made of a suede material, albeit a false suede but it gives it a more expensive look.
The shoes then have a nice black ribbon in a bow effect at the front of the shoes and it gives them a bit more of a stylish look. The toe on these shoes is rounded which I like as it means they are quite roomy and comfortable and my toes have room to wriggle. The shoes are quite a wide fit too which I like as I have quite wide feet so they do not rub and are not crippling shoes. When I first bought them I did need to break them in as they did rub a little on the heel and at the front to begin with but once they loosened up they are now really comfortable for everyday use. They have a little little heel, just a thin bit that gives you a tiny bit of a lift and make them a bit more dressy than just a flat ballerina and I love the look of these shoes and how they finish off a outfit for me.
These shoes were only £10 and that was the average price of most of them so I would definitely look for shoes in Tesco's again, I have been impressed with the way these shoes are lasting and wearing and would recommend people taking a look.
I bought some of these pumps from Tesco almost a year ago when I needed some smarter clothes for a new job but I didn't have the money to buy flash things, and even if I had had it, I wouldn't want to spend all my money on work clothes!
I wear flat shoes quite often and often my choice of shoe is these F&F pumps. I have got them in a sparkly white version which feels a bit like polyester suede but I think that was a summer colour. I have seen them since in different colours and in a leather effect look including a pair of leather-look black shoes which I think would suit many uniform imposed shoe rules for lots of people and maybe even some schools.
You can only buy these shoes from Tesco stores or Tesco online stores because they are from the Florence and Fred brand which is unique/exclusive to Tesco. They cost me £5 last year and for a pair of shoes which has held up really well so far, I think that this is a bargain, especially considered normally some other shoes which aren't much higher quality, are often paraded in shops like Topshop etc with much larger price tags.
The sizing of these shoes is ok I am generally a size 5-5.5 and these are a size 6 because the size 5 in the shop didn't fit me with socks on and I always get cold so especially in winter I have to wear socks to work with my shoes. I think you would need to try these on and not just pick up your size and assume they will fit. I know I bought the bigger size so it is my fault slightly but I think that these shoes are actually now a tad too big because they have stretched somewhat with wearing them. I don't have to focus to keep them n my feet but if I sit down and a leg is dangling, it is easy for the shoe to fall off. (I take my shoes off all the time anyway though so I don't really mind!)
The shoes go with loads of outfits and because the ones I have are slightly sparkly I often get complimented on them and I think they help me to jazz up somewhat plainer outfits.
When I first got them I don't think these were that comfortable but - when are new shoes ever comfy? They are now well worn in and very comfortable! Even when they were new I never got blisters or anything but they did rub a bit.
These shoes are not very rain proof. They are thin and have a very thin sole and they are, as I mentioned, made of a suede like material. I tend not to even wear them in the rain because I know I will get wet feet! Don't get me wrong, they are ok for walking across a wet car park etc, but I wouldn't want to walk to the bus stop etc in them if it was raining.
The sole is thin as it usually is with this kind of shoe. I have found that while you can feel the road if you walk over a particularly bumpy surface etc, they are generally fine. No cracks or holes or areas of massive wear have started to show so I am pleased with them so far on this front. There is a tiny (2mm?) heel on the back of the shoe which you don't see on every pair of pumps. I think that this little heel is good because it makes you walk better and I have noticed less wear from turning my feet inwards as I walk as I have on other shoes with a straight flat bottom.
So these shoes are never going to be the best in the world but for the price and the availability (I think this is like a standard design of shoe for F&F) they are higher quality than I was expecting and I have been pleasantly surprised. They have lasted me well and when they start to wear out I will be looking for a new pair. £5 for work shoes is brill and definitely worth keeping an eye out for (even if they are just to slip in your bag for the journey home or when your feet are refusing to take another step in heels!!)
When it comes to buying work shoes, I seem to always choose the ones that fall apart within a matter of weeks. I only ever wear flats to work, and after having purchased two pairs from Dorothy Perkins and paying over the odds for them, I was very disappointed when they fell apart on me within a matter of weeks. Being desperate for a replacement, I had a look around the clothing section on a trip to Tesco and found that they were selling flats from their Florence & Fred collection. I pondered over purchasing them for a moment, then saw the price and instantly popped them into my basket! Now, 6 months later, they are still on my feet and going strong!
These "Florence & Fred Flat Pumps" are only available to purchase from Tesco stores. Florence & Fred is the clothing range that is produced by and sold in Tesco stores. Please don't go looking for these anywhere else as you won't find them. Not all Tesco stores have a clothing department, so you may wish to check with your nearest store before setting out. I purchased my pair from a large Tesco Extra store which has a vast clothing department. You can also purchase a selection of the Florence and Fred collection online via the Tesco website at www.clothingattesco.com.
When it comes to price, these "Florence & Fred Flat Pumps" are an absolute steal. A regular pair of flats from a high street shop would generally set you back somewhere around the £15 mark, with most being much more expensive. These "Florence & Fred Flat Pumps" from Tesco are priced at a very reasonable £5 a pair. It's easy to say that these shoes are an absolute bargain!
"Florence & Fred Flat Pumps" come in a small range of different colours. During my visit to Tesco they were carrying red, silver, black and blue suede versions of these pumps. I'll admit that these "Florence & Fred Flat Pumps" are nothing fancy - just a plain, minimal looking flat shoe with no decoration or design on the outer side. I like this, as it means I can wear mine to work, to formal occasions, or as casual shoes too. The minimal outer look of these pumps mean they are suitable for all occasions and makes them very versatile.
Shoes are a difficult things to judge when it comes to size, especially with my oddly sized feet (one is a little bigger than the other..ugh!). My feet generally enter the shoe size world at a size UK 5 or a UK 6 in shoes that run a little on the small side. I can never be sure which size I will be, so trying shoes on is the only way I can make a good judgement. My feet fit into a size UK 5 in these "Florence & Fred Flat Pumps" without the toes being pinched or blisters being caused. For me, this is a sign of a good shoe! The size is true to life and is roomy enough to be comfortable, but fitted enough to not fall off my feet as I walk.
The upper part of these "Florence & Fred Flat Pumps" is made from either a man made faux leather, or a man made faux suede - depending on which colour way you go for. The upper material is soft to the touch and rather flexible when worn, meaning the shoes are comfortable from first wear, and cause no blisters or irritation to the feet. I found that the softness of the man made faux leather on my pair of "Florence & Fred Flat Pumps" has meant that the shoes have molded easily to accommodated my slightly wide feet and have not pinched or hurt me at all. The upper of the shoe is plain in colour and has no decoration or fancy add ons - just a simple, smart looking flat.
The inside of these "Florence & Fred Flat Pumps" is lined with a printed fabric that is both soft and comfortable on the feet during wear. The fabric is printed with an all over swallow bird design, which I think adds a nice touch to a somewhat rather plain looking pair of shoes. Most pumps I've owned have either not been lined at all, or have been lined with a thin layer of the same man made leather as the upper, which can cause the feet to sweat and become uncomfortable. I really do like the fact that these pumps are lined with fabric, as it makes them much more comfortable to wear and it helps me to avoid my feet becoming clammy.
Some of the more expensive flat pumps I've owned (cough - Dorothy Perkins - cough) have had such a non-existant sole that I am crippled simply walking down my street whenever I wear them. These "Florence & Fred Flat Pumps" have a slimline rubber sole which doesn't look like much from the outside, but when wearing these pumps I've had no problems at all. The sole is adequet enough for me to not feel every single stone, lump and bump in the pavement beneath my feet. I've had no problem walking on all sorts of textured surfaces (the up hill road to my work is cobbled and had plenty of broken and loose stones, for example) with these "Florence & Fred Flat Pumps" which is amazing, especially for the price. There is a small 'heel' on these shoes - I use the term heel very loosely as it only measures around 5mm thick and is rather wide and flat to the back end of the shoe. This 'heel' makes no difference to the feel of these shoes when worn, or to my height! I'd say it was more there for aesthetic purposes rather than boosting height.
In my opinion, these "Florence & Fred Flat Pumps" are absolutely fantastic, especially for the price. It's not often you come across such a good quality bargain in terms of shoes. For £5, I couldn't say no! In all honesty, at first I wasn't really expecting these flats to hold up for long, after I had paid over £20 for a pair from Dorothy Perkins, only for them to fall apart after a few weeks on me. I've had my pair of black "Florence & Fred Flat Pumps" for over 6 months now and they're not showing any signs of wear or disintegration! Hooray! The flats are a true to life size, an amazing price, come in a range of colours and are comfortable to wear all day long - what more could you ask for? I'd definitely suggest these flats to anyone that wears flat shoes for work and/or leisure, as the overall look can fit both situations and can act as casual or formal. These "Florence & Fred Flat Pumps" are certainly a must have, even if they're just acting as a back up for your regular shoes!