“ Brand: George / Type: Ballerina „
Im quite a particular person when it comes to what I put on my feet. I wouldn't classify myself as being a very girlie girl. I cant walk in heels to save my life, I like my footwear to be reasonable practical and comfortable but I also like my footwear to look nice and be fashionable. I bought these last year from my local Asda store in the George department, if I remember rightly would have been £7.00.
Why did I buy them?
I was desperate! I had to attend a course the following day and I needed to wear all black, and the footwear needed to look smart, but couldn't be boots, heels, anything along those lines. I also needed some shoes that ticked those boxes but I could also walk in them as I had to walk a good 20-25 minutes to where my course was, so they had to be comfortable and easy to wear. The only place I had time to visit was my local Asda store, and I chose these for the above reasons and also felt they were plain enough and not fussy.
How do they look?
They are black in colour. Matt in finish and completely flat. Rounded at the toe with a thin ribbon stuck close to the rim around the inside of the shoe, which looks like its made of the same material as the rest of the footwear. As mentioned, there is a slight rim running around the shoe where you put your feet into as you can see the extra material has been placed around it and stitched on it.
On the inside of the shoe, around the side and the area where your feet touch the bottom, it's a contrasting and lovely metallic champagne colour ( not quite bronze but not quite gold either ). Around the heel area is a different form of material, not too sure what though as mine are very worn but it's a lot softer and more gentle on the back of the foot so very comforting.
On the sole it has the size of shoe ( in my case 7/41 ) and the ' George ' logo plus the words ' Love your shoes '. On the inside of the shoe it says its made in China.
Underneath the shoe ( please remember these have been worn hundreds of times! ) there is an almost lasered pattern of flowers running on the heel area and the rest of the foot.
No indication on what these shoes are made out of-but doubt very much they are leather!
How do they perform
The fact they are still in one piece and wearable after being owned for well over a year says it all. These aren't a type of shoe that I would have gone for in the past as I didn't feel it was ' my style ', but I have come around and think I quite like these now-the style that is!
These shoes are easy to clean, although I have to admit I don't do it that often. Im not a delicate walker in any way, shape or form in fact Im quite manic and sometimes clumsy, so I would have expected these to be covered in scratches and scrapes but they're not. Durable ( surprisingly ) and quite resistant to the torture I put them through.
I find these very comfortable to wear. I do a lot of walking and these shoes allow my feet to feel reasonable protected but get plenty of air to them. The only time I have had problems with these shoes is if Ive done a lot of walking and my feet get alittle swollen and sore. Then the shoes feel alittle tight. Also, on one occasion I found they really were hurting me and I begun to wonder what was happening. I realised I was due a pedicure and my big toe nail needed a file, as they were pushing into the top of the shoe a touch more than usual and there simply wasn't enough space. A quick file and problem solved!
These shoes have obviously been worn a lot so will have the usual wear and tear to them e.g bottom of shoes slightly worn, inside of shoe slightly widened to accommodate my big slightly broad feet but overall still look smart and easy to wear.
Downside? Feel they could be much more cushioned inside the shoe make the shoe feel less ' flat '. What I mean by that is as someone who does alot of walking, especially on the pavement, it doesnt feel as if theres much between your feet and the floor. So can feel hard, especially if you switch from this shoe and wear others e.g trainers, Ugg boots etc. You really can feel the difference wearing this shoe to others, but you have to expect that there will be a different feel to your walk depending on the shoe you wear.
What do I wear these with? Leggings, straight cut jeans, trousers. Basically casual and easy to wear clothes but look reasonably smart.
Would I buy these again? Yes I would, but this time I would go for a different colour or design. Black goes with everything, but I had a specific need to buy black ones originally. If bought again I would like something more striking. I find these shoes to be hard wearing, comfortable, quite classic and non offensive. Great for people like me who don't have long and slender feet that can glade beautifully in a pair of heels, also for those who cant be fussed with laces or straps and just want something to slip on and off with no effort. Perfect for busy mums on the school run.
Great buy and still available in George, Asda.
Im currently in the process of clearing out my shoe cupboard and you would not believe the amount of shoes I have in a very similar style...the ballerina / dolly type shoe. My husband was right everytime I came home with a new pair of shoes....I have got a (well several) pairs exactly the same!!
This shoe is no execption, although at £6 then surely I am allowed a few similar pairs? and theyre black so they go with everything, right? Well, kind of. When I bought them I did think that they would go with everything and I do chuck them on at every opportunity but really they are not the most glamorous of shoes. I think they look ok with jeans, if you team it with a cute t-shirt for that girl-next-door look but other than that, my opinion is that they look 'little girly' Dont get me wrong I have tried my best to team them with other outfits but as they are so simple and with the rounded toe they just seem to look wrong. I cant really explain why, maybe its because Im fat, short and dumpy and need more of a heel or maybe Im just overthinking things but in my opinion they just need that extra bit of detail, maybe if the bow was a different colour or the heel was ever so slightly bigger ? But, for £6, does that bother you because that it what is important.
The shoes are plastic as expected and are completly black with a cute little bow on the top. I got a size 5 (my normal size and a size I have other George shoes in) but the sides are very tight and do take quite a bit of wearing in, i actually ended up putting wet newspaper in to try and expand the shape as I was going training and really wanted to wear these on the long train journey but it didnt work and my feet were very uncomfortable that day.
I cant say that Im disappointed I bought them as I have had my £6 worth out of them and much much more but they are far from my favourite shoes and with so many cheap shoes on the market I wont be recommending these.
I bought these shoes a while ago as my boots had broke and I couldn't find anything I like so I thought at £5 they would do me until the style of boots I like come back on sale.
The shoes are available from Asda and are part of the George range, they are available in adults 3-8.
The shoe is a basic blank ballerina style pump with a black bow on the front made out of a piece of lace, my bow has stayed in place no problem however I know quite a few people who wear these and the bow has fallen off some.
When I first started wearing these I felt like I had to pull my toes up when walking to keep them on which made them uncomfortable to wear however that is more for the fact my real shoe size is 7 ½ but since most places do full sizes I end up with shoes that are slightly too big. I have pretty wide feet and have found that this isn't a problem in these shoes which is good as I often find this style of shoe is too narrow for my feet.
After a while of wearing the shoes I have learnt how to walk in them properly and keep them on my feet and they are now really comfortable. I use these shoes for work and can be on my feet for 12 hours and they are still comfortable.
I have been wearing these shoes for a few months now and for all there are a couple of small scuffs there is nothing really obvious in way of damage although I have noticed creasing around the heel when they are crushing down a little but that is never seen under my trousers.
I would say these are one of the best pairs of shoes I have ever owned and at the £5 I paid for them they are brilliant value and very comfortable to wear.
Having a pair of comfortable black pumps is a wardrobe staple for me as they are extremely versatile and are ideal to be worn formally or if you want a more casual look!! These shoes are extremely good value for money as they only cost around £7 but can be worn with any outfit and I've seen similar pumps are sold elsewhere for up to £30.
These pumps are very simple, with a matte black leather look and a small bow on the front. The addition of a bow on the front is a lovely touch as it gives the pumps a feminine look without looking over the top or detracting from the classic elegance of the shoe. Despite the price of the shoe, the bow doesn't look cheap but is a lovely addition.
These shoes would suit people of all age ranges and all different styles due to the understated nature of them. They are also available from George instore and online from sizes 3 - 9. Whilst I don't suffer from a problem with shoe size; I have friends who have size 8 and size 9 feet and sometimes struggle to buy shoes as some major retailers don't stock their size. I have found they are very true to size and whilst they stretch a little, it is not enough to make them slip off my feet or feel loose in any way.
The shoes are leather look which means they are waterproof however the opening for the shoe is quite large so if it's raining, your feet may get a bit wet!
There is a very slightly raised heel but on the whole the sole is very thin meaning these shoes do wear away quite quickly; however this is to be expected from ballerina pumps as it is the style of the shoe. After all, at £7 a pair I can afford to replace them after a few months!! Also, I do walk 2 miles in them every day- wear and tear is to be expected. The wear on these pumps is no worse than other, more expensive, pumps I have bought of a similar style.
These shoes are very comfortable and, unlike most shoes, I have never had any trouble with shoes rubbing or blisters. However, they don't offer your feet a lot of support: It kind of feels like walking down the street in your slippers!!
I have quite a few pricey shoes in the house but I'm not adverse to buying cheaper shoes as well especially when I'm looking for something quite simple and comfortable and these ballerina shoes from George are a perfect example as they only cost £9.99 and they are very comfortable to wear. They are quite a slim fit mind which is fine for my feet but that will not be the case if you require a wider fit.
These area simple design, a matt black finish with a small thin bow detail at the front of the shoe, it is their simplicity that first attracted me to them, they area a shoe that I wear for everyday use as they merely compliment anything I'm wearing in an understated way rather than being the centre of attention. They go well with simple floaty skirts and jeans.
They are very comfortable to wear and sort of mould themselves to my feet, there is some padding on the insides, the only real draw back is that after about three months they started to o a bit slack around the sides and seemed to loose their shape a little, it is nothing extreme and as these are more for everyday use that is not such an issue, plus given the cheap price I was not expecting miracles. They are quite a stable shoe and have a decent amount of grip, the sole is not that thick so they are only really suitable for walking on smooth ground like pavements of while in a shopping centre. I have had no problems wearing these shoes from day one, there has been no rubbing or sore feet.
These are well worth checking out in Asda or a George shop as they are rather inexpensive, they are not the most beautiful shoe but they are quite stylish and blend in well with whatever you are wearing.
It would seem that everywhere and everyone has made their own Ballerina style shoes these days, and these are also known as Dolly Shoes. Most people I know own at least one pair, and they are fairly cheap to buy pretty much anywhere that sells shoes.
I, myself, have many a pair of these style shoes (and many, many other styles of shoes too!!) and one of my pairs came from Asda! I didn't actually know that Asda even sold shoes, but these are part of the George clothing range. They are the Matt Ballerina Shoes, which are black and have a small, thin bow on the front of each shoe, just where the foot meets shoe on the instep.
The reason these shoes are called Ballerina shoes, is because they are in the same sort of style as a Ballet Slipper, with the cute, rounded toes and the little bow on the front. They are also flat and soft, just like a Ballet slipper is expected to be. I think it would be quite obvious though, you really shouldn't try doing Ballet dancing in these shoes!
I bought these shoes a couple of months ago, in my local Asda. As I walked in the main doors, they had a load of them on display as they were on special offer, and they caught my eye. I needed a nice pair of flat shoes at the time, and I wanted a pair that looked stylish as well as were comfortable on my feet. I grabbed a pair off of the display to try on, and I liked the way they felt and fit, so I bought a pair. They were on a special offer of just £5 for a pair, so I could hardly resist the bargain.
The shoes are still part of my most worn shoe collection to this day, and they have definitley gone some miles since I bought them. The inside of the shoes are nicely padded, so that your foot feels comfortable when you are walking. I have had better padding in shoes, but these are passable. The sides of the shoes are quite supportive for the foot when the shoes are new, but this does slacken a little bit over time. The sides of the shoes are starting to get quite loose now I have worn mine a lot, but I think for the price I paid, they have lasted really well, especially considering how much wear I have had from them.
The bottom of the shoes have a good grip, and I have not found that I slip or slide in these shoes, no matter what type of flooring I am walking on. I also found that these shoes were actally a really good fit. They have not slid around on my feet, they stay in place pretty well, even when my feet are hot and sweaty from walking. I have had no problems with sore spots or rubbing from these shoes, nor has there been any other problems.
These shoes go really well with a whole host of outfits too. They work really well with skirts, trousers and jeans, and they tend to be a popular option for a work shoe with many people, and I can see why. They are comfortable shoes, with a nice look to them that is not totally in your face.
I think that if you are looking for a nice, simple pair of shoes that are easy to put on and take off, which will go with almost anything you wear, then I totally recommend the George Matte Ballerina Shoes. You can only buy these in Asda stores across the country, and I think you can also buy them on www.asda.com for home delivery with the rest of your shopping. I bought this pair of shoes for £5 on a special offer, but I am unsure as to what the price for them is now.
I give these shoes a 4 out of 5, as the support in the sides does diminish over time. I totally recommend these shoes.
Aswell as having a huge food and household range, they also have a department known as George. George specialises in providing affordable clothing for all the family, accessories and shoes.
Ok, so the amount of choice may not be massive instore, but on the website www.asda.com, there is a huge collection. You can buy boots, trainers, killer heels and there is a choice of different flat shoes. Most of these are referred to as Ballerina Shoes or Pumps.
There is one type of shoe from George known as the Matte Ballerina Shoes which are also available in a patent finish too giving a shiny appearance. The matter shoes are basic pumps which come in black and offer a bow design to the front making them ideal for casual or work footwear.
*Available in sizes 3 - 9 which also includes a 6.5 due to it being one of most popular half sizes for women
*Upper, lining, sock, outside - made from other materials.
~~Availability and Price~~
These can be purchased from the Asda website www.asda.com and also instore for £7.00.
Although I practically live in trainers and slippers, I also like to keep a pair of shoes/boots in for those times where I am invited to a party or funeral. Around 2 months ago, I was going to a 30th party and realised I couldn't find my trusty Shoe Zone ballerina shoes and made a dash up to the shops hoping to find something suitable that would go with my black trousers but also with other clothing so I could wear them again. I went to Shoe Zone but it was hectic so headed to my local Asda in desperation..thankfully they have quite a selection of shoes on display.
Buying shoes isn't easy for me. Unfortuatenly I have quite wide feet and one is a size 8, the other a bit bigger at an 8 and a half. Attempting to find affordable footwear in a size 9 is a nightmare. I can no longer handle heels despite indulging in them before I had my son so I always go for pumps or ballerina shoes. Luckily Asda had the size 9s in stock of these and believing they looked quite pretty yet basic, I picked up a pair which were only £6.00 instore if I remember rightly. I went for the matte version as I find patented shoes show up all manner of scratches and wouldn't last me too minutes!
~~Smart of Casual?~~
Despite being basic, these flats are very versatile due to their plain appearance. The design of the shoe is simple and certainly not one to wear if splashing in puddles! The outer is a smooth, black leather look which is quite flexible. The sole is slightly ridged but bendable and has little flower designs leading up in to a very, very slight raise taking the heel of the foot up a bit off the ground.
The opening for the foot is quite wide and inside is a shiny silver with George Love Your Shoes Printed along it. The front of the shoe is designed to cover the toe area and not much more. Above the toes sits a black, plasticky bow which doesn't look too fancy nor too cheap.
~~Sore Toes or Easy Walking~~
As I purchased these on the day I was planning to wear them, I didn't have much time to break them in. Most shoes rub on my toes and heels but with these being slightly bigger that my normal shoe size, I didn't experience any rubbing or blisters despite being up dancing most of the night. There was no discomfort of my feet at the end of the night.
These shoes slip off very easily and mould to my feet. Over the past 2months, they have stretched a little but not to the extent where I feel my feet falling out of them. On, they look lovely. They sit around the sides of my feet not covering much nor showing too much. At the front, they cover nearly all my toes and my toes don't feel restricted but comfortably encased due to the material being so flexible and smooth against my skin.
Whilst I often wear these barefooted, if I know its going to be cold but not wet, I wear a thin pair of plain black socks. Because these shoes are a little bigger on me, I find the black socks help fill them out a bit and keep my feet cosy at the same time. I did get caught in the rain once and my feet did not feel pleasant and the shoes became quite slippy. With plain black trousers, these look smart as my trousers are quite long and they sort of slip over the exposed foot showing only some toe and the bow. I have also worn them with my 3/4 length jeans for going for picnics and found them to look nicer than my clumpy trainers.
So these are comfortable to wear inside where the floor is smooth and even. The sole isn't thick and whilst out walking, I can feel every little bump and stone underneath my feet which can be rather uncomfortable. I have to watch out for glass or sharp bits as I dread to think how easily the sole could be punctured and I'd rather my feet remained cut free thank you very much!
I once wore these for going out what was supposed to be a short walk with my friend and son. We ended up walking all the way around a country park and by the time I had done a mile, my feet started to ache and I wished I had my trainers on. 4 miles later and burning feet took hold and I was left with rubbing off the tootsies causing blisters which certainly was not comfortable so I don't advise wearing these for long walks or long periods of time.
~~Keeping My Ballerina Clean~~
These don't get overly dirty unless I go through some mud or something which isn't something I make a habit of doing. Any marks can be rubbed off with a baby wipe bringing the shoes up clean and a spray inside keeps them fresh. The sole is wearing down a little so I don't see these lasting me much longer.
~~Conclusion and Recommendation~~
I don't wear these everyday as they don't go with trackies but whenever I have a special occasion or feel like a change from trainers, the shoes come out of hiding to be worn. £6.00 is an affordable price to pay for a basic pair of pumps and they suit my needs though I wish they were a little thicker in the sole department to avoid the bumps on the pavement.
They are versatile, come in a good size range and would suit most women as they mould to the shape of your feet without losing their shape much. I recommend them.
Thanks for reading :D