Product Type: H&M Hunter Original
Newest Review: ... they seemed popular with other people too - I managed to get the last pair in my size and the other sizes left on the shelf were all eith... more
Author Name: daisylee3
Date: 07/08/12, updated on 07/08/12 (44 review reads)
Advantages: Versatile, cheap, easy to style
Disadvantages: Thin soles, too flat, not very good quality
I am a huge fan of H&M's clothing range as well as their footwear, so when I visited Oxford Street a couple of weeks ago, this was one of the first shops that I decided to have a look in.
These flip flops were one of my many purchases and I have decided to write a review of them to warn others - these seemed like a real bargain and I couldn't resist them, but unfortunetly the quality simply isn't up to scratch. These are priced at £3.99 per pair (currently reduced to £2.99) which is dirt cheap in my opinion and H&M often have offers on their basic footwear too, such as buy two pairs for £5 etc. I guess the warning signs should of been going off but I assumed that they'd be at least half decent, and they seemed popular with other people too - I managed to get the last pair in my size and the other sizes left on the shelf were all either really small or really big.
I think what mainly attracted me to these (apart from the price) was the wide range of bright colours as well as the unique patterns available which range from floral to zebra print. I decided to get a plain black pair - not the most summery colour I know, but I felt that the coloured ones (eg bright green, bright yellow etc) were a little childish and the patterns looked quite tacky, for example the floral pattern had a really odd design and the colour scheme didn't look quite right, whereas the black ones are nice and basic and there's no detail on them to pick fault with. These are basic in design, as are most flip flops - the shoe is simply a piece of polyster with a thin insole and a thin rubber sole. There's then the rubber straps which seperate my big toe from my other toes.
The straps are pretty thick and not particullary nice looking in my opinion - unlike the flip flops shown in the picture, the straps are not pleated. The straps do not rub against my toes which is a positive, but this is the only good thing that I can think of. The first thing that I don't like is the sole. It's made of extremely thin rubber which isn't very durable at all and it doesn't really grip the ground very well when I'm walking which isn't too much of an issue when walking along pavement but when in a shopping centre with smooth flooring it feels like I'm about to slip over. Also, because the soles are so ridiculously thin I am able to feel small stones etc on the ground when I'm walking, which isn't particullary comfortable. These also don't support my feet/ankles at all and as they are completely flat these are not at all ideal for wearing to walk long distances.
They are okay if I'm going around the corner to a friend's house or nipping to the shop but they do make me feel quite self concious because I feel awkward walking in them due to how flat they are - it kind of feels like I have pieces of cardboard strapped to my feet, haha. These also look very worn already due to creasing and marks on the rubber straps - and I've only worn them a handful of times. One minor advantage is that they are very easy to style, but I do not reccommend them. Sizes available are 3-8, available for purchase in store or online via hm.com.