“ Brand: Nine / Type: Ballerina „
Since having my daughter two months ago I seem to be doing a lot of running around and that isn't all to do with her. Even though I am on maternity leave I manage my partner's office and I still keep on top of my files at work just to keep in the loop. Fortunately all of this is done from the comfort of my home but when I do need to go out wearing high heels are not always that practical and I have succumbed to wearing flats more than my beloved heels.
I find the choice of flats in stores such as New Look and Dorothy Perkins incredibly plain, boring and I tend to find them quite uncomfortable to wear not to mention they seem to be made of quite hard material which I find it rubs. My usual choice for shoes is Kurt Geiger and knowing they have a sale on (a few weeks now) I have managed to pick up a few pairs of flats which have proved a great buy.
The one pair I bought are from Nine West and are called Sketchpad. They come in either black or blue but I was really attracted to the blue as I hadn't seen any blue ballerinas in the shops before and I am desperate to stop wearing so much black!
What Nine West say:
"Practical, comfortable and stylish, these are a wardrobe staple!"
Sketchpad are a lovely flat ballerina which a round toe which features a patent turquoise type blue and then a silver piece of material which looks like a strap. Because the front of the shoe is patent it is important to be careful when wearing them as they can scuff easily. At the back of the shoe is a contrasting piece of pale blue material which is probably faux suede and this goes around the heel of the shoe. The pale blue contrasts nicely against the darker blue of the shoe. They also have a patent bit at the back of the shoe at the heel, adding a bit more detail to the shoes. Around the shoe they have an overlocked type stitch which again adds a bit of detail.
The shoes are made of leather and I found that this was incredibly soft but had some rigidity. This is ideal as the shoes hopefully won't go out of shape with wear. I sometimes find that flats can rub me at the heel but for me I find Nine West shoes come up a little big (but not too much) and they don't seem to rub me. Sketchpad are incredibly comfortable even when you are wearing them for the first time. They do however need breaking in and once worn a few times the leather supples up a bit and they tend to give slightly.
The inside of the shoe features a fabric lining which is the same colour as the main body of the shoe but it does feature a slight padding for the heel which is covered in the same silver as the strap at the front of the shoe. The sole of the shoe is rubber which is ideal as it is incredibly hard wearing. I have had mine for about a month now and the sole doesn't look like it has even been used. Nine West class these shoes as casual but these can easily be worn to work as well as even though they are a great casual shoe they are also quite smart but with a cute edge!
Nine West Sketchpad come in either blue or black and can be purchased from Nine West retailers (I bought mine online at Kurt Geiger). Before being in the sale they originally retailed at £70.00 but they are now being sold at £35.00 (black are £39.00). Sizes start from a 4 (37) and go up to an 8 (41).
For me I got a real bargain at £35.00 they do not cost much more than a pair of flats at New Look and I know these are a lot more comfortable, made of better quality materials and will last me a lot longer. Even though I have only had them a month I have worn them quite a few times and they are lovely and comfortable. The leather is nice and soft and they wear in well. A lovely pair of shoes which are a bit different than most on the market. A definite recommendation from me.
Nine West / Ballerina Shoes