“ Brand: Monsoon / Type: Ballerina „
In the late days summer I decided wanted a pair of flat pumps that would look smart enough for work but that were comfortable enough for me to wear as my feet swell up in the heat. I decide as I wanted a pair of closed toe shoes to wear. When I was browsing my local Monsoon and Accessorize shop I came across these jewelled coloured satin pumps and thought they would fit the bill well. At only £18 for a pair as well I though if I wore these into destruction this year or they became too sweaty and smelly form my feet I wouldn't feel guilty throwing them in the bin after a few months.
These are ballerina pumps so they are totally flat. The outer of the shoe is made from a beautiful jewel coloured purple satin. I think this is a gorgeous colour and was the thing that drew me to these shoes in the first place. There is a cross over detail on the front which is made from the same satin material. It has some stitching detail to the cross over section I have found so far this cross over section is holding up well and there has been no coming apart the seams or joins in the fabric. The detail also makes the shoes look very pretty and actually create an illusion of them being peep toe. The inside of the shoe is made form a soft material which I actually find quite cosy on my feet. As this is a soft material rather than a shinny metallic type of material as a lot of pumps are I actually find it make my feet less sweaty some how. I have found that in some shoes shinny interiors can actually seem to make my feet sweat more and produce nasty whiffs so this is a great detail by Monsoon I think.
Now as I have found Monsoon and Accessorize a bit small in their shoe sizing in the past I bought a size 6 which was slightly loose in the shop, but as I knew my feet would swell up on a hot day or with all the walking I do up and down corridors I wasn't overly concerned. I think the decision to buy a slightly larger size has proved right for my self as I find though a bit loose at the start of the day by the time I am going home these fit me like a glove. Now whether is has been because I bought a slightly larger size I don't know but there has been no rubbing or grazing to my feet by wearing these and I am really pleased with how well they fit around the toes and heel area.
The only real problems I have with these shoes is if I am walking outside in them in that I find that the soles of the shoe are so thin that I feel most lumps and bumps in the paths. Now as most days when I go to work I literally drop my son off at nursery drive to work go into the health centre to only emerge nearly 8 hours later this isn't normally not a problem as the carpet and flooring at work is nice and smooth. However if I have to pop out in my break to go to the bank say then I really notice every cobble in the market place! Because of the design of these shoes there really isn't enough room to put in an insole which is a shame really. Due to this it has meant rather that wearing these on my days off when out and about with my son I have decide for comfort just to wear them when I know I am at work or just going straight to places such as friends house or out for a meal when I am driving to avoid the reading the ground with my feet effect.
Overall these are a pretty shoe and if you want a colourful pair of pumps to wear at a party or around work then I would recommend them but if you have rough paths or cobbles where you are going I would suggest finding a different pair of shoes with a more robust sole.
I'm usually very much a heels girl and have been for years, but at the moment I'm pregnant so am spending more time in flats for comfort reasons and also because I think women who try to follow fashion while pregnant tend to look a bit icky and desperate. Apologies to anyone I've offended when I say that but it's true, almost as true as pregnant women with their huge bellies uncovered and open to the elements looking more ridiculous rather than sexy or attractive!
I've always liked Monsoon shoes and when I saw this gorgeous looking pair of purple ballerina style pumps I bought them as I thought they'd look great with my jeans, and also the one maternity skirt I own.
The shoes are satin with a very pretty metallic finish, they're designed to cross over at the front and from a distance this gives them a peep toe look even though the front of the shoe is actually covered. The purple is the same colour as on a Dairy Milk wrapper and is more shiny and shimmery than the pumps look in photos.
They're not bad, when I'm wearing the shoes they do look great and I'm always pleased to wear them as they're a nice accessory. The problem is that they're not very comfortable, the soles are very thin and this means I don't find them easy to walk in as I can feel the rough ground underneath my feet. It's the same with a lot of ballerina pumps, but most shoe designers are realising now that we need a slightly thicker insole for comfort while walking. Monsoon simply haven't realised this and I'd say the entire sole is less than 4mm thick (obviously I can't check this without pulling my shoes to pieces and I refuse to do that even for Dooyoo!).
The shoes are lasting well, I've had pleated cross over pumps before and with cheaper pairs I find the fabric can come away from the sole of the shoe along the pleats. There's no sign of this happening and the whole pump is very well made and solidly put together.
The inside of the shoe is made of a soft fabric which allows my feet to breathe even while I'm walking a fair distance. Some ballerina pumps have that shiny plastic material inside which will make anyones feet sweat, this doesn't happen with these and my feet feel lovely and fresh while wearing them. The toe is unfortunately too low to wear my toe-tights with, so it's a good job these do keep my feet fresh because as soon as a pair of shoes starts making my feet feel whiffy then I have to get rid!
Sizing is a little on the small size, which is a problem with a lot of Monsoon shoes. I'm a size 4 but had to buy a 5 in this style as the smaller size left me with very little room near my toes and I felt the back would have started rubbing. The size 5 is fine though so if you're planning to order these online then remember you might need a bigger size than usual.
£18 from Monsoon.