“ Brand: Office „
I don't often shop at Office as I have to admit I find it a bit over priced. But when they had a sale online, with free delivery, I thought I would treat myself. Being quite tall, I tend to wear flats, or very small wedges, so these Andrea Weave White Leather ballerina style shoes looked right up my street. I felt they were a bargain at £20 down from £40 (the sale does tend to be limited sizes but I am blessed with a size 7 foot and they're rarely out of those!)
So, a few days later the shoes arrived and initially I was pleased with them - genuine leather upper in a soft white weave style, you'd be forgiven for thinking these shoes were a lot more expensive, designer even.
And then I wore them.
Not only are these the most uncomfortable shoes I have ever had the misfortune to place on my feet, they are actually very, very badly made. The comfort issue first - they are just so hard, and un-wielding, despite the fact they are leather, they are just so very very hard and totally unflexible meaning that walking in them is a battle - rather than bending with your feet, the cheap plastic sole smacks against the floor meaning the upper rubs against your foot. One hour on, and a quick nip to the shops, and I had a huge, huge blister. Owch.
As for the build - you can actually see the dried glue which has oozed out during production. They're not stitched, just glued, and glued badly - in some parts the glue is missing, meaning that on a damp day, moisture gets in and makes your feet wet and cold. In some parts there is too much glue and it has seeped out and looks unsightly. The cheap plastic sole has no grip, and wears away against the tarmac of the street, meaning these are not in any way long lasting shoes.
For the original price especially, these are terrible value for money - my Hush Puppy shoes cost the same and are ten times the build quality, comfort and longevity. Even at £20 I can't recommend them - because these days you can pick up a cheap throwaway pair of fashion ballerinas at under a tenner on most high streets. You are paying for the Office name and nothing more here.
This has really put me off Office shoes as it's not the first time I've experienced issues with quality. I'll stick to the cheapest of the cheap for my fashion shoes and Hush Puppies for my good shoes, Office just isn't hitting the mark for me. 1/5 unfortunately, despite how attractive I thought these shoes were on the website.
I don't have many pairs of Office shoes, theirs always seem very overpriced for basic looking shoes which I can usually get elsewhere much cheaper. I bought these Andrea Weave shoes as the tan shade would suit an outfit I was planning to wear to an engagement party in the summer, even as I bought them I knew they wouldn't be practical for wearing too often but I never realised I was buying what may be the most uncomfortable pair of shoes in the whole world.
They are nice looking shoes, the weave design makes them lovely and cool for wearing in the summer and I thought they looked great with my tanned skin showing through the weave. Make sure your toes are pedicured though as any imperfections will definitely show up as the front of the shoe also features this wide weave.
They are flat shoes and this is where the first uncomfortable aspect comes through, the leather sole is very thin and flat which makes walking in them like walking on slate. After wearing them to walk around outside it quickly gets to the point where I can feel every bump and stone on the pavement, even standing in them makes the soles on my feet start to feel like they are burning!
The second uncomfortable part is that the inside of the shoe is so itchy. The upper is made of leather but the weave design means there are lots of loose edges to rub against my skin, it takes a while for this itchiness to start happening but once it does I guarantee you'll become very irritated very quickly! I caught myself scratching the side of my foot at the party with a cocktail stick as the weave isn't quite wide enough to get my finger in without taking my shoe off, so I needed something to poke between the holes!
And the third uncomfortable part! The heel of the shoe loses the weave design in favour of an enclosed back, this looks good and provides some support for the back of the foot but it rubs and rubs. And rubs. The leather is so rigid and stiff that I could tell it was going to start rubbing immediately after putting them on, I wasn't expecting them to be so unkind to the skin on my feet that it would end up making them bleed though. Even through plasters (ruining my well turned out outfit) I could feel the pain of the shoes rubbing and this hasn't got better the more I've worn them.
Actually I haven't worn them much, in fact they are probably the least worn pair of shoes I own. The open design makes them worthless now winter is here and I honestly couldn't trust them to not start killing my feet again. Sitting writing this review I've slipped them on so I could describe them properly, the most exercise I've done is walked into the kitchen to make a coffee and walked to the front door to see the postman. That's 20 steps at the most and already I can feel the awful itching starting and when I just flexed my foot I felt the first stirrings of the hateful heel section starting to bite into my skin.
They can go in the charity bag I think, I know I won't be wearing them again as they're not even attractive enough to put up with the pain of wearing them.
£40 from Office.