“ Brand: Next / Type: Ballerina „
This is a review of my latest pair of shoes. They are from Next and from the Davina (McCall) collection.
The shoes are black patent ballerina shoes with a tiny virtually flat heel and have a bow detail on the front. The tiny square heel is designed to relieve 25% pressure on the actual heel of your foot so they are better for your feet and in theory, more comfortable to wear.
The fact that these shoes are patent leather means they are a bit stiff to wear and don't really bend much with your foot, but having said that, they don't go slobby either. A size 8 is a EU 42 which fits my foot perfectly (I sometimes go up in to a size nine in this style shoe or boots but didn't need to with these).
Price and sizes
The shoes go from a size 35 and a half up to a 43 which I know is a UK size nine. Price wise they are £40 which may sound a lot for a pair of flats but they are really smart and comfortable flats so worth it in my opinion. The same shoe is available in six finishes, from my shiny black to a glittery black plus black or gold leopard print with the more sensible beige and pale pink in between. I am tempted to buy another pair in a different finish but I like them all so not sure which I'd go for.
I find these are a really universal pair of shoes that can be worn smart for work or help to dress up a pair of jeans on an evening. I struggle to wear heels and usually have to have my flip flops wrestled off me when the weather starts to get cold but I really have a problem with tight straps around my ankles so prefer a slip on style or zip up boot. I am OK for the first couple of hours in these shoes before I start to notice that they are hurting a bit. This is not unusual for me as I have terrible feet problems and find the simplest of shoes can be uncomfortable.
I have been wearing these shoes for over a month now and have found them a little bit problematic when wearing them for a long amount of time. My feet have marks on them when I take them off so they are not shoes I could walk for miles and miles in them as they are a little bit hard but I have no problem in every day walking around in them. I think the small heel on these shoes improves my walking style a little as you do tend to slob or shuffle a bit in totally flat shoes and it also helps with wear and tear as I have noticed that I wear the sides of completely flat shoes out eventually. I am so pleased that this collection goes up to a size 9 which is not to be taken for granted and can recommend them as a decent pair of shoes but they are a bit hard and stiff due to the patent finish.