Product Type: F&F Hunter Original
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these shoes were not made for walking
F&F Leopard Print Ballerina Court Shoes
Member Name: europe-chick
F&F Leopard Print Ballerina Court Shoes
Advantages: raised heels give a more sophisticated look, funky leopard print, cheap
Disadvantages: rub and cause blisters if walking long distances
I have to admit that I wouldn't normally buy shoes from Tesco, I've bought flip flops and jelly sandals from Tesco, however I would normally buy my shoes from elsewhere. Not that I'm a shoe snob, just that I wouldn't expect Tesco shoes to be the best quality. So I surprised myself recently by actually ending up buying these F&F leopard print court shoes. To be honest I only ended up buying them as I was browsing the clothes and shoes aisles, whilst waiting for my husband who was browsing the diy and electrical aisles.
These were just £15, and I figured that I'd wear them for work as they are smart, yet funky at the same time with the leopard print pattern. I like the raised block heel, it's not too high so that I can't walk in them (I can't walk in heels at all, I always wear flats), but it's high enough to give the shoes a smarter and dressier look than the normal flat shoes that I wear to work. The heel height is 4cm, and the shoes are comfortable to wear and walk in - for short distances only though, which I'll come on to in a minute.
The shoes are not leather, the leopard print is a textile fabric with a slight sheen to it. So these wouldn't be suitable to wear in the rain. The fabric of the shoes is quite a hard fabric, it's not as soft and supple as leather, or even some polyurethane fabrics which are meant to look like leather. The leopard print itself is in various shades of brown and black, and then the shoes have a black trim around the edges and a bow detailing at the front - similar in style to a pair of ballet pumps. They actually do look like a classier and more sophisticated version of a pair of ballet pumps with the raised block heel.
Size wise I found these to be slightly on the small side, I'm normally a size 5 and I've had to go for a size 6 in these. I found them to be quite a slim fitting, and also the fabric of the shoes doesn't give as much as leather does.
Comfort wise they have been fine for just wearing to work; I've wandered around the shops in my lunch hour, and I've walked to and from the car park each day in them, and they've been comfortable. I put them to a longer test last week though, with disastrous results. I was going out for dinner and drinks after work with friends, and so I decided to get the train to work and leave my car at home so that I could have a few drinks. The train station in our village is a good mile and a half away from our house, and so I walked the mile and a half to the train station in the morning to catch the train. By the time I got to the train station these had started to rub my feet, my heels at the rim of the shoes. After our night out I had to get the train back, and then walk the mile and a half from the train station back home. This was impossible as these were literally cutting into my feet now and I was literally crippled trying to walk home. I made it home, but I had huge chunks gouged out of my heels, blisters that had then been cut into by the edges of the shoes. I think that the hard fabric of the shoes was obviously cutting into my feet.
I'm going to try these out again once my heels have completely healed, but obviously just wearing them for work with no long walks involved this time! I had been happy enough with these up until the point where I walked for miles in them and ended up with huge blisters. If you don't need to walk too far in these then they look nice, they are cheap, and they would be fine. But if you need to do a lot of walking then these are not the shoes for you at all.
Summary: these shoes were not made for walking