“ Brand: Next „
We are hoping to move house soon, and so I have been clearing out things. One such item I came across that had made its way to the back of my wardrobe were these Next Ivory Bump Toe Heels, which I picked up a couple of years ago for a wedding, for a tenner in my nearest Next Outlet store. I couldn't find reasonably priced shoes to match the blue dress I had for the wedding at the time, so I was looking for a neutral coloured shoe that was closed in at the toe so I could wear tights during the main day given it was a winter wedding. It was both the colour and price of these shoes that caught my attention. On first look, they would be ideal as a bride's shoes given that they are actually ivory satin, and if you were getting them for the price I paid, they would be bargain bridal shoes. I doubt you could deny that on looking at these shoes they are very pretty and feminine. The round toe has a little fine bevelled line design on it, and there is a strap with a diamonte buckle to go across the top part of your foot, making them look sparkly and therefore ideal for wearing as a wedding guest, or even as a bridesmaid. There were only a few sizes left in the Next Outlet but I was able to get a 4 1/2 size which when I tried it on fitted me perfectly when I wasn't wearing socks which was ideal as I simply wanted to wear them over tights. The half size idea was a perk of these shoes. Now, I must admit right now that I don't wear a lot of heels, simply because I have never been very good at walking in them, and in my job, where I am on my feet a lot I need comfortable shoes, so I tend to go for flats or wedges, but for a wedding, heels were a necessity. This heel was around 10 cm which is pretty high for me, but at the same time, that height of heel made my legs look lovely and slender on the day of the wedding, especially with a knee length dress. A lower heel could have made me look stumpy. In the week running up to the wedding, I remember walking around the house trying to get my feet used to them and 'break them' in, but to be honest I don't know that it made a huge amount of difference. Although they certainly looked the part, any time I was on my feet at the wedding, which was plenty, especially at the evening reception, my toes and the balls of my feet were very sore. The height of the heel put added pressure on the ball of my feet, and I suppose with the round toe, there wasn't a lot of room to move toes around. I wasn't overly surprised given the height of the heel and my past experience wearing heels, although I certainly have a few pairs of heels that I wear to work, that I can wear for longer periods without that kind of discomfort. Any chance I got at the wedding when I was sitting, I slipped the shoes off. To be honest, I didn't think I would wear these shoes again, however, within a few months we were invited to an evening wedding party and I wore the same dress (different people!!) and these shoes were the best I had to match, and I certainly wasn't buying a new pair for a couple of hours to wear. The same thing happened, they looked lovely, made my legs look slim, looked very feminine and stylish, but they were not comfortable to wear at all, hence the reason why since clearing out my wardrobe, these have went in the pile to go to a local charity shop! There is another little niggle that I have with these shoes, and it is the fact that the satin gets stained very very easily. When photographs were being taken at the first wedding, we were standing on the grass and my heels sunk a little into the ground and there were grass stains on the heel, which were impossible to hide, although the next time at the evening reception, with the dimmer lighting, it didn't matter just so much, but with them not being leather, they aren;t likely to be the kind of shoes you can wear over and over again. All in all, although those that are used to wearing high heels may not feel discomfort so much with shoes like this, I don't think they are the best designed shoes. They are beautiful looking shoes and they are certainly very bridal looking, but in my opinion they are not comfortable as a shoe and the fact that the satin stains so easily, they aren't the most practical option for wearing multiple times. I;m glad I only paid £10 for them and not the full retail price.
For my recent wedding, I bought at least three pairs of shoes before I settled on the pair I was going to wear for the day. I knew I didn't want the heel of the shoes to be super high due to being on my feet for a lot of the day, but when I saw these shoes I fell in love with the design of them. For the well priced sum of £32 you can be the owner of these elegant looking cream shoes with sparkly effect buckle that peeps out of the side of each shoe. I was slightly worried about the ten centimetre heel that was going to accompany the gorgeousness of the shoe design, but I actually found there were ways I could combat the height against the comfort. The shoes come in some half sizes, and I am always a slightly smaller shoe size when wearing heels for some reason, so I opted for half a size smaller than I would normally wear. The front buckle strap actually goes a long way to holding your foot in place. This is something I always worry about when buying shoes and being the bride I didn't want my foot to slip out of them at a crucial moment. The first time I placed my feet in these shoes, I noticed how sturdy the heel area was in the shoe. This is good in the fact that I know my foot is secure when inside the shoe, but it doesn't help against my skin when I wear them for a long period of time as I think you'd be more prone to the skin rubbing and creating blisters at the top edge on the heel area of the shoe. I combated this by placing a clear plaster around the inner area of the shoe and it softened the area a lot. Sometimes the shoes will soften on their own after a lot of use, but despite wearing these shoes a lot before my big day, albeit indoors on carpet, they still stayed quite rigid. I found the heel to be quite good at evening out my walking. It's not too much of a spike heel, but you do get quite an arch effect from the heel to the toe, so you would need to be suited to wearing heels before trying these out for a long period of time. What I found when wearing the shoes during the longest period of time which was my actual wedding day, was that the front of the shoes actually don't have a lot of room in them. I like the design not being open for the toe, and they're also very rounded in design, but in actual fact they only provided slightly more room inside than if I was wearing a pointed toe. I did find my toes suffered more than my heels or the arches of my feet when wearing these. I have found since the wedding when wearing the shoes that as long as they are worn for an evening out in a restaurant when I am sitting down for the majority of the time for example then the design of the front doesn't hurt my feet. Something to bear in mind. After wearing for a long day and going through some serious pressure on carpet, concrete and also across sand as we took pictures, I have found the shoes to wear very well, and they still looked like new afterwards. The soles are very hard and despite a little grip affect on them, I did find that on concrete these were slightly slippery. I would be put off wearing these when I knew I may be unsteady on my feet at the end of the night as I think they would help me along to ending on my rear end quite quickly compared to some other shoes I have worn before. Overall I think these shoes are well priced, and will create a good elegant impression when wearing. I haven't seen these in store in Next but can be ordered online or in store for collection.