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Before Christmas there was an offer with Elle magazine for a free £20 Kurt Geiger gift card purchased with the magazine...I pretty much fell for this hook, line and sinker. I'd never tried the Kurt Geiger range, but had really wanted a new pair of ballet flats for some time. The Miss KG range tempted me since it had a lower price range and the styles looked very cute.
All ballet flats in the Lola and Lola 2 range are finished off with a sweet bow at the top. I ended up ordering a pair of these flats, a pair of Lola 2 nude flats as well as a bracelet. I paid £30 for each pair of shoe, with some discount due to using the gift card. They don't appear to sell this snakeskin patterned ballet flat on the website anymore, but my comments may apply to other ballet flats in the Miss KG Lola/Lola 2 range since when researching whether to buy or not, I found many similar comments to my experiences around the internet.
Both the shoes that I bought are made from synthetic material. The snakeskin pattern is pretty much as shown on the picture above with cream and brown patterning to imitate real snakeskin. The delivery was prompt (I ordered straight from the KG site) and the packaging was really nice. It came in a big white box with red KG branding inside and my bracelet was nicely packaged in a golden, padded envelope. The shoes were packaged in individual bags with stuffing and sticks in each so they would keep their shape. Inside each shoe is a really cute 'Miss KG' design in gold - it looks really lovely inside on the creamy coloured material.
Unfortunately when I looked at both of these shoes after the stuffing had been removed, I pretty much knew that they weren't going to fit comfortably. Neither shoe offers much support for the foot in terms of padding, but the thing that I just couldn't get over was how narrow both the shoes were for my feet. I'd read similar comments, but still took a stab since the company have a pretty good return policy. I ordered a size 5 and they were very uncomfortable. Aside from the shoes being very narrow, there was no room for my toes either and left them crumpled together in the small amount of space that there was. I know that with some shoes, after a period of 'breaking them in', they can be very comfy and wearable, but I really didn't see this happening. I didn't want to risk ruining the shoes, losing my money and damaging my feet, especially the backs of them from rubbing, so I ended up returning the two flats and keeping the bracelet. Overall I would not recommend them to people with normal-wide feet nice as the shoes were...And unfortunately I will have to vehemently disagree with the description from Kurt Geiger: "Style Lola will not disappoint."
Before Christmas I was in my nearest Kurt Geiger store (which is over 60 miles away!) as we were doing a bit of Christmas shopping. I always end up buying something in the store every time I go as I just can't help myself. My shoe collection is constantly expanding and fortunately I can afford my indulgence but where as some woman are fanatical about bags or clothes, shoes are my weakness so even though my wardrobe isn't packed full of clothes, my shoes more than make up for it.
I was incredibly disciplined on this visit as I came away with two pairs of shoes both of which were in the sale and were reduced by quite a bit! One pair are by Miss KG and called Lola (also the name of our naughty tortie cat!). Miss KG is another company still owned by Kurt Geiger but their shoes are not as expensive as the Kurt Geiger range. Lola are flat shoes and come in a whole host of colours but the pair I had wanted and had received were in a pale cream with a snake skin pattern.
What Miss KG say:
"Lola by Miss KG is a classic ballerina pump finished off with a cute bow to the toe. Pumps are a key wardrobe staple for any shoe lover and are seen season after season. Style Lola will not disappoint."
I'm quite into animal prints at the moment as they add a bit of colour to my outfits which are usually black or grey. They are also a little fun compared to a plain pair of shoes. The pattern on the shoes is snakeskin and it is quite pale, it just adds a bit of colour to the cream shoes. The snakeskin pattern is made up of browns and creams and add lovely detail to these flat shoes. They are finished with a tiny bow on the toe of the shoe which is quite sweet. The shoes are perfectly flat and without any padding in the heel area or footbed of the shoe make the shoes feel too flat if you get what I mean. There is no lift for the arch of the foot.
The shoes are made from a synthetic material which is my only gripe about these shoes as I tend to find that synthetic flat shoes tend to gape at the sides and loose all their shape. However, so far the shoes have managed to hold their shape well as the synthetic material seems quite rigid which is good in one sense but because they are quite tough they have also rubbed the back of my heels which is bit of a pain! The shoes do eventually loosen up slightly but not before they have rubbed your heels raw!
The round toe of the ballerina type shoes does provide enough room for your toes to have a wiggle which is good but I did find that the fabric which is used to go around the shoe does rub my foot just before my toes which has never happened before. The shoes are not particularly wide either so for people who need that extra room then these certainly should not be the shoes of choice. I have normal sized feet and felt that even these were a bit of a squeeze. They eventually softened (as much as a synthetic material would) but were still a little tight. The shoes certainly don't offer any support for your feet which is a shame, there isn't any padding in the sole of the shoes either which for me can be quite painful as I like the arch of my foot supported a little as without this support my feet can ache.
Overall, these shoes will be kept in my closet and will probably make an appearance every now and then but I will make sure I either wear tights or use heel protectors which seems a lot of hassle in order to wear a pair of shoes! A shame really as they have a lovely subtle pattern which ends up giving the shoes enough detail to look impressive. They just don't fit me very well, may be on someone else they will be different.
Lola come in a variety of colours; patent black, pink, red, peach, taupe, tan, multi coloured and gold. A few of the colours are no longer available including the multi-coloured which is what Miss KG class as the snakeskin. They have brought in some of the above colours at a later date. I managed to get my pair for a very reasonable £25.00 and there was a wide range of sizes from 3 to 8. Even though in comparison to other shoes they were quite cheap the fact that they are so uncomfortable to wear brands them worthless in my opinion and even though I will wear them on the odd occasion they certainly won't be worn as often as my other favourites.
Miss KG Lola by Miss KG is a leopard print ballerina pump with contrasting trim and cute bow on the toe / A great alternative to heels / these can be worn day or night! / U-Fabric / Lining-Fabric / Sole-Synthetic.