“ Brand: George / Type: Ballerina „
My daughter is 14 this year but has tiny size 1 feet, this makes it very difficult to find suitable school shoes that are not according to my fashion conscious teen 'sad' 'babyish' 'granny shoes' or 'embarrassing'. When I was walking through Asda doing my shopping, I came across these bow shoes, I thought they looked perfect for her and as they were only £6 I took the chance that she would like them. I was in luck, she really liked them and couldn't wait to wear the to school. Design - The shoes are generally flat apart from a very tiny heel approx 3mm. The sole is rubber and the main part of the shoe is a fabric, I want to say it is canvas but it seems a lot softer than canvas usually feels. On the website it just says 'textile'. The inner sole is stripey black and white with a soft inner sole, my daughter was strangely really impressed with the stripy design. The outer 'canvas' is totally black with a twisted bow on the front in the same material. They are stylish whilst suitable for her very strict school uniform code. Fit- At first my daughter said they were a little tight at the sides, she doesn't usually have wide feet or problems with the width of shoes. She said otherwise they were really comfy with no rubbing or pinching. She wore them around the house on and off for a few days and said they felt much better at the sides. She wore them to school the next day and said they were really comfortable. They remained comfortable until the end which wasn't that long.... Quality - Well this is where the shoes failed, yes I know for six pound I couldn't really expect much but I was expecting a little longer than a month. My daughter only wore them to school, she didn't wear them for anything else. Only after a week the sole on one of the shoes was showing signs of wear, nothing major but some hairline cracks. By the end of week two the other shoe had similar cracks. But by end of week four both shoes were unwearable they had deep cracks in the sole and the fabric had lots of snags. I was a little disappointed, I thought they would have at least lasted half a term at school. I think that despite the style they are designed more for occasional use like parties. Value - At six pound they are very cheap shoes, we got 20 wears for that price tag. Which I suppose would be acceptable if they were being used for occasions as they would seem to last longer ( if that makes sense). But personally I would rather pay more and have them last longer, when my daughter had Clarks shoes ( when cool meant not warm) even though they cost about £40 they would usually last all year. It is funny writing this review as when I started I thought it would be terrible and they would get one star but in fact they were not a terribly bad buy for the price I paid, I would recommend them for occasional use but not for everyday wear.
When it comes to buying school shoes, being confident that they are going to last for a while is almost as important as the style and fit. Especially when you are buying school shoes for three girls, as I am at the moment. I bought these Knot Ballerina Shoes from Asda for my eleven year old daughter, she's notoriously hard on her shoes but as she was making the transition to secondary school we needed to shy away from the more hard wearing bulkier shoes we had been buying for her. These have turned out to be a nightmare though, Alice has only been back at school for around six weeks and has already killed two pairs of these shoes. Taking the second pair back today the woman in Asda acknowledged the poor quality of them and said there had been so many complaints about these shoes that they will probably be withdrawn soon. The upper is man-made, although to be honest they do look and act like leather. The shoe has a stippled snakeskin effect which is attractive and on trend, the knot design actually spoils the overall appearance of them in my opinion as it's very poorly designed and looks less of a knot than a rouched effect. This has caused some of the problems due to the fact that the strip of material used to create the knot isn't fastened to the shoe properly so after a couple of wears it started to look loose and this made the shoes look far older than three or four weeks. My daughter tells me they are comfortable to walk in and the size 4 I bought her was a perfect fit. The insole is nicely padded and the sides of the shoes are rigid to provide both comfort and support for a child's growing feet. There was no rubbing or other irritation from wearing these shoes, although the paragraph above is kinda irrelevant as the problem with these shoes is that the soles fall off. No ifs, no buts. The soles are simply there one minute and hanging off the next. It was the toe which went first on the first pair, Alice said it started flapping as she was leaving school and by the time she'd got home there was just an inch of sole still attached to the shoe. It looked to me as though the glue had failed, so I took them back to Asda and accepted an identical pair in replacement. My heart sunk a couple of days later when my daughter phoned from school to tell me that the sole had started coming away at the side of the shoe. Again, by the time she got home the sole was practically separate from the shoe which caused me to head to Asda once again. This time I got my money back, the quality of these shoes is absolutely appalling and even though they are cheaper than I would usually spend on school shoes (£10) I still expected them to last much longer than they did. £10 from George at Asda.