“ Brand: Priceless / Type: Pumps „
When Alice came and asked me for £6 for a pair of pumps while we were shopping recently I gave it to her without question, although only twelve she has inherited my love of shoes so I trust her opinion on both style and fit when it comes to choosing her own footwear. Unfortunately she didn't display her usual good taste with these vile plimsoll-type shoes and already they are languishing on the bottom of the shoe rack (where the outgrown and disliked shoes live) ready for my next clear out. They are a lace-up fabric pump in black with the same diamante design on each shoe, you might be thinking they sound OK for dossing around in but the shape and design of these pumps is awful. For starters, the toe is more pointed than it appears in the piccie above and this means Alices toes are all bunched up inside the shoe whenever she wears them. This has resulted in a bulge at the front of the shoe which I find unsightly and to me this shouts out what poor quality they are. Remember, they have been worn only a handful of times so the shoes really shouldn't have lost their 'new' shape already. The fabric is well padded, but unfortunately this gives me yet another cause for complaint as the padding gives the shoes a spongy and very unpleasant feel. I've actually just slid my hand inside one of the pumps (the left one, if anyone is interested!) and I don't like the soft spongy feel of the upper at all. Where the upper is too well padded, the sole suffers from a complete lack of cushioning. The thick rubber outer sole has been simply covered with a thin fabric lining which does absolutely nothing to protect Alice's feet from the hard sole of the shoes. She mentioned how uncomfortable they were when she first bought them and I can see why as the sole has a strange slope to it which makes them completely un-foot-like in shape, and the lack of any decent padding underneath her foot just adds to the general discomfort. I don't think the diamante design is appropriate for a fashion conscious twelve year old either. At the risk of alienating 'older' Dooyoo'ers I'm going to suggest that these would be far more suited to older women, those who like a bit of sparkle but aren't particularly looking for the most fashionable shoes available. My mum (at sixty-odd) has a similar pair which suit her style of dress, but then she's not exactly into skinny jeans and hoodies! On a plus note, none of the small stones have dropped out and giving a couple of them a tug I can tell they are embedded into the shoe securely so you're not likely to lose any. Shame. Overall these were a bad buy. I can understand why Alice liked them in the shop as the diamante design does brighen up what would otherwise be a very dull looking pair of pumps, however it completely ages them and in my opinion brings them out of the realm of kiddie-shoes and pushes them towards pensioner types who (quite rightly) favour comfort over style. If these were actually comfortable they'd be bang on. If you're in the market for a pair of lace-up pumps forget these and head over to Primark, where for a measly £2 you have a choice of colours in a style which is far more suitable for young girls and women.