I have to say these are the worst pair of canvas shoes I had purchased!
I guess you pay for what you get! Although, saying that... I did pay a £1 each(supposedly £7) for pairs of sneakers from Pop Boutique and they were far better quality and lasted for a while. They discontinued selling them. Hence, buying them from H&M as another resort.
Having experienced this insole issue, I thought about using specialist glue and even that didn't work! I returned them to the store and complained about them, and requested an exchange.
Same happened again! What a poor quality batch
As well as being a full-time student I also work in a restaurant part time. Our uniform is a black shirt, black skirt and black shoes. I've worked in restaurants and bars since I was 15 and my first choice of shoe is always this pair of H&M fabric sneakers in black.
=Fit and style=
The shoes are flat sneakers with laces and a rubber sole. The main shoe is 100% cotton and they come in black (with a black sole), blue and grey (both with white soles). They look great with skinny jeans or leggings for a nice casual look as well as being great if you're required to wear black shoes for work.
These shoes are really comfortable - I really suffer with blisters and general soreness on my feet from most shoes and these cause me absolutely no problems (which is pretty good considering I use them for work and I can't have my feet hurting). They're quite slim fitting so if you have wide-feet they might not be the best option for you.
They are available in sizes 3.5 to 7.5, but you might find less of a range in-store - look online if you have smaller or larger than average feet as most H&M stores only stock 4, 5 and 6.
=Price and quality=
These sneakers are priced at £7.99 which I think is a bargain.
Thry last me about 3 or 4 months of heavy duty at work. That's about 300 hours' worth of wear when I'm constantly on my feet for £7.99 which I think is pretty good! They finally get chucked in the bin either because they've started to smell a bit pungent or because small holes form in the soles and let water in which is no good for walking to and from work in the rainy Yorkshire streets. I have never tried washing these shoes, but I don't see why you couldn't - for me if I did wash them, it would only be a matter of time before I had to throw them away anyway so I chose to buy a new fresh pair.
Although they look quite sporty, I wouldn't recommend them for actually playing sports - they're not tight enough and the soles aren't as heavy duty as sports trainers.
Overall these shoes don't last long, but they are super comfortable and when you're at working somewhere like a restaurant even high quality shoes don't last too long because you sweat a lot and are on your feet all day. I'd rather spend a small amount of money on shoes I know I'm going to ruin than spend a fortune and be disappointed when I ruin them!
Every time I wear out a pair, I head down to H&M and buy a new pair! I once bought a pair of the New Look version and actually found them to last less time, despite being more expensive! They also started to smell a lot sooner than these ones.
I'm going to have to give these 4/5 - yes the quality is quite poor, but you get what you pay for and I do put a lot of pressure on them before they finally give up.
I dont particularly believe in always buying well known brand names, especially when it comes to shoes. Although I do like the look of shoes such as Converse or Vans, but I find them to be horribly over priced for what they are. When it comes to trainers and plimsols I tend to go for the cheaper options from shoes such as Primark, Newlook and H&M.
These partcular ones from H&M cost £9.99 and come in a range of colours. I own the black ones as pictured above, but have also owned a pair of white ones in the past. They are made from black cotton an and also have a matching black rubber sole and black laces. The soles on them are medium thickness, not as thick as more expensive brands but thicker than cheaper ones from say Primark. The shoes themselves are quite soft and flexible so I find them to be very comfortable to wear, I have bought pumps in the past that have been quite hard and stiff and have really rubbed the backs of my heels - but these are fine and very comfortable.
The only thing I dont like about these is the fact that they are completely black - but I solve that for changing the black laces for some colourful ones. These shoes last quite a while, I have had my black pair for just under a year and I wear them quite often and they are still going strong, which for £9.99 is amazing!
Overall these are a great pair of shoes and a perfect alternative to the more expensive Vans or Converse. I would definitely recommend them!
Last year I changed career and I am fortunate enough to live just a short walk from work now. I dress up for work in very smart work wear and because of that I normally wear high heels. I've also been using trainers to wear to walk to and from work or boots when it is bad weather. I have noticed that I have been spending £60+ on Nike trainers to walk to work and they become worn and tatty within a matter of a few weeks because I walk along some muddy ground to take a short cut to my work place. I realised that I would be better to keep my lovely new trainers for 'best' occasions and days off and then pick up some other trainers for walking to work.
I have a friend who works in H&M and recently she picked up a load of items in the sale and was then able to use her staff discount too. Because of this she managed to get me a pair of these fabric sneakers for just £4.00! I believe they were around £10.00 initially but as there was a 'small mark' on them they were marked down and she saved me a nice chunk of change! My particular 'sneakers' are in a size 7, they are black and they are the ones pictured here on Dooyoo.
Rather than referring to these as sneakers I would personally say that they are plimsolls and I'm sure from looking at the picture that you would agree with me. These shoes are made from cotton with a rubber sole and rubber around the bottom of them. This means that they are quite good at giving a nice grip when I'm walking and I don't slip over in them or anything when walking across the muddy area to get to my short cut to work. There are laces provided with these shoes which were very short and that was a bit of a disappointment to me, particularly as I had to lace them up myself. I have found that I can just about squeeze the ends in to a very small knot and then tuck them underneath the short tongue.
These shoes are actually quite comfortable. I love the look of them, they are simple enough that they can go with jeans, leggings, even tights. I can wear my leggings tucked down to the shoes or I can wear jeans over these shoes either for a different look. The only downside to the look of these really is that the provided laces are so short that there is a very small knot often poking out from behind the tongue and because I'm something of a perfectionist this does annoy me a little bit. The sole on these shoes isn't huge and now that they are starting to become worn, after regular use, I can feel stones and things if I tread on them while working. These aren't as uncomfortable for my foot as wearing my normal ballerina style pumps so that is a plus point and even now these are worn they're still providing some support to my feet.
Obviously these shoes have started to look worn now and the soles have become scuffed and scratched. The laces are still in good condition and the actual fabric of these shoes still looks good and has stayed strong. There are some light creases to the toe area of these shoes but I would expect that with fabric shoes. The side and back of the shoes has stayed looking fantastic and even though the padding inside has become worn these shoes are still comfortable to work. There are handy tabs at the back of the shoes to allow me to pull them on with ease and the size 7 is a fantastic fit for me, despite me often needing size 7.5 where available.
These shoes are not for use on wet surfaces and if it is raining as they are dyed and this will run, also the shoes offer basically no protection against water and so I wear mine when the weather is either hot or cool and crisp outside. If I am wearing these at work and it was raining badly, as it was last week, I just come home in my heels rather than risk saturating my feet and ruining these shoes. When the weather is warmer, as it was just a few short weeks ago (hard to believe now!) these shoes did not make my feet hot or sweaty and they were still very comfortable.
In all I would say that these are worth 4 out of 5 stars for me. They look and feel quite comfortable but they are not suitable for use in the rain or in damp conditions and they are not the most supportive flat shoe I've ever worn. They look pretty nice though and they work with a range of outfits and trousers hence the 4 star rating.
I never really think H&M when it comes to buying shoes but the last time I was in there (the Trafford Centre store), I was picking a few basics up for my toddler and I saw these fabric and rubber lace up sneakers for only £7.99. I thought they'd be a decent alternative to black ballet slippers now the weather is turning and getting cold and wet, and they're flat which I prefer being quite tall, plus I can't drive in heels!
The shoes are pretty basic but look more expensive than their £7.99 price tag in my opinion. They're 100% cotton sneakers with metal eyelet holes, black laces and black rubber soles. They're also available in grey. They come in sizes 3 - 8 (as far as I could see in the store) and are available instore and on the H&M website, a delivery charge applies but there are usually 10% off codes floating about the net if you don't live near a H&M or have a few things to buy.
They're really comfortable to wear and true to size unlike some cheaper shoes (I'm looking at you Primark) which seem to fit one size smaller. They stretch to your feet and are extremely comfortable to walk and drive in. When it's raining, obviously the upper isn't waterproof, but they are waterproof underfoot and more than OK for light showers and popping to the shops and so on.
Overall these sneakers are great, they look more expensive than they are, they're pretty in fashion at the moment but they won't break the bank. They're well made, very comfortable and pretty sturdy. For under a tenner for a pair of sneakers which won't pall apart you can't go much wrong with the fabric sneakers from H&M.
When Hollie started school last September I realised I was going to be doing more walking than usual, especially as my two oldest girls' had been taking themselves to school for a few years giving me a break from the school run. The problem I had was that during this period of respite I'd done barely any walking at all so had to invest in some comfortable flats, mainly as I'm a lazy bugger and tackling the mile round trip in my usual shoes would have made my feet ache - and I really don't need much of an excuse to jump in the car and get into the bad habit of driving to school again.
I bought these plimsoll style shoes from H&M not long after Christmas, I like to keep my trainers for the gym really as I don't find them feminine feeling at all even when worn with jeans or trakkie bottoms so these seemed a good compromise. They have a 100% cotton upper with a rubber sole, the rubber from the sole is taken up the shoe slightly - a style I'm not overly keen on personally but it has been done well with this pair and ensures they don't look like PE pumps!
They're incredibly comfortable with a much more substantial feel than you'd think - the shoes look really flimsy but once they're on and laced up they provide support for my feet and also feel nice and firm against the sides of my feet. I have two pairs (one in white, one in black) and while the laces on the white shoes were perfect, the black ones were much too short which prevented me from tying them into a bow properly - I like to tuck my tied laces down the side of my shoes but that's absolutely impossible with these as the loops of the bow and ends of the laces turn out so ridiculously short.
The sole is very comfortable as it is lightly padded and has been shaped to provide a little support for the arch of my foot, not a huge amount as these are obviously 'comfort shoes' but I can feel the shaping of the sole as I walk and am confident that I'm not walking flat footed. The upper of the shoes are also nicely cushioned, even when laced up tightly they feel incredibly comfortable on my feet - particularly around my toe area where I sometimes experience aching when wearing such flat shoes. There has been a small amount of creasing at the front of the shoe, but this is to be expected and is in no way as obvious as the creasing that occurs on cheaper versions of this style.
The heel and back of the shoe is reinforced with a small cotton panel, this fits in with the styling of the shoe but also prevents creasing at the back which can often happen when you wear this style of shoe regularly. I find anything with a plimsoll design can have the same effect as when you wear cheap Ugg style boots, once they start creasing at the back you might as well throw them in the bin as they look appalling - these look immaculate in this area even after many months of wear.
They're not waterproof obviously, I was caught in a very heavy shower while wearing my black pair last week and came home with very squelchy footwear and cold feet - the black dye had also absolutely coated my socks, which surprised me as they hadn't lost any dye at all previous to this soaking. They dried fine without losing their shape, I knew they would as I've successfully put my white ones through the washing machine a couple of times with no unpleasant consequences - obviously white footwear gets dirty quickly, it's handy that they can be washed occasionally and don't need throwing away or dyeing at the first grimy incident.
Being cotton these shoes keep my feet extremely cool and comfortable even on hot days, this morning I took the kids on a pretty long walk around a local park and my feet still felt incredibly fresh when I got home - this is despite committing the mortal sin of wearing 'sporty' footwear without socks! No whiffiness or sweaty feet (yuk!) here, actually I wonder if I shouldn't buy my partner a pair as he could do with a little help in the foot-freshness department!
I can't for the life of me remember what I paid for these shoes, although something is telling me they were around £9 a pair. I think that's reasonable considering they've lasted much longer than I thought they would and are so comfortable to wear - they're available only in H&M and I'd recommend looking in there as I've worn this style of shoe from other stores and they just haven't had the same high quality as these ones.
I had a promo code for 10% off the H&M website recently, and so ended up buying quite a haul of stuff even though I couldn't really justify the expense.
These fabric sneakers were one of the results of my spending spree. I rationalised my purchase by telling myself they were absolutely essential for going to Monaco at the end of May. Ahem.
LOOK AND MATERIALS
While H&M have not given these shoes a proper name/title, basically they are a copy of Keds shoes, albeit at a cheaper price. I'd never really liked Keds, but when I saw these on the H&M website I actually really liked the look of them as they seemed cute and summery.
These shoes, like Keds, are soft, flat pumps with a more narrowed, pointed toe than usual casual pumps such as this.
They are made of 100% cotton, with rubber soles in the same colour. They have laces which are already threaded through 4 holes.
SIZES AND COLOURS AVAILABLE
These shoes come in either black or white. I have the black version as white isn't really my thing, and I couldn't even imagine how tough it would be to keep the white ones clean! I don't think I live in a good enough climate to get away with white cotton shoes - I'm sure it would be at least 5 minutes before they were covered in puddle water or mud.
It would be great if H&M introduced some new colours, such as red, grey, green or navy, as they are very versatile little shoes and a bigger range of colours would mean that you could match them with many different outfits.
There are 4 sizes available - 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, so a decent range of sizes are covered.
VERSATILITY, COMFORT AND DURABILITY
I have found that these shoes are very comfortable to wear. Unlike some flat shoes they aren't 'too' flat and so don't hurt the soles of your feet or calves - the rubber soles ensure that they are comfortable to walk in.
I have a hard time wearing shoes without socks as I always find that I end up with cuts on my heels, but fingers crossed this has not happened yet with these.
You can pair these with lots of different outfits, for example skinny jeans, cut-offs or skirts - absolutely perfect for the summer when hopefully the weather will be much better.
It goes without saying that as these are cotton, they aren't ideal if it rains, but then the same could be said of many shoes such as Converse. As I mentioned previously, these wouldn't be ideal if you had the white pair but I have the black version so as yet they do not appear grubby; nor has the rubber sole worn down much.
These cost £7.99 which in my opinion is a very reasonable price for shoes, particularly as you will get a lot of wear out of these. And even if you don't, the cheap price means that this isn't a pair of shoes that you will have in your wardrobe making you feel guilty for not wearing them.
WOULD I BUY THESE AGAIN?
I would buy these again in black, and if they introduced a grey or red version, I would buy those too. They are nice, comfy little shoes for the spring/summer months and won't break the bank.
They are available in H&M stores, and on the website (Article no. 88-6295).