“ Brand: Priceless / Type: Pumps „
I bought these gorgeous little zebra print shoes to go with a specific outfit I had bought my three year old for her nursery Christmas play. They were less than a fiver so even though I could tell they weren't a pair of shoes that would last too long, but for that price they could fall apart the day after the play and I wouldn't care!
They've lasted much longer than I thought actually and Hollie is still wearing them now. They have very thin soles, personally I think I'd find a pair of thin soles like this very uncomfortable but Hollie hasn't complained about it at all. The sole isn't padded at all, but although it doesn't look particularly good quality the sole is attached securely to the upper of the shoe. There is absolutely no gaping or areas where the sole has cone away from the shoe, this is after plenty of wear and energetic play over three months.
The shoes fit beautifully, they're quite stiff even now and do have a very cheap carboard-ey feel. Again, this doesn't affect how comfortable they are for Hollie to wear and she's definitely just as active in these as she is in her trainers! At the moment she's fluctuating between a size eight and nine, the nines fit her perfectly in this style of shoe so I'd guesstimate them as coming slightly smaller than other brands.
The inside of the shoe is amazingly synthetic, it feels a bit like the inside of a welly only a little less slippery. Hollie always wears them with socks or tights as I can tell it's the sort of material that would make her feet reek - honestly, the child has got feet at three which would made a grown man cry! I suspect the lining of the shoes would look revolting pretty quickly of you let them get grubby, they're wipeable to a certain degree but if your little girl is wearing them with bare feet you'll have to keep on top of cleaning them.
I love the effect of the zebra print, it's done in sequins so the pattern comes through boldly but with a gorgeous sparkly textured finish. This is carried through the strap of the shoes, which is what actually swung this purchase for me as the other pair of zebra inspired shoes I'd picked out for her featured a thick black strap which detracted from the strength of the pattern. This strap blends perfectly with the body of the shoe, as well as being incredibly easy for Hollie to do up on her own. They fasten with Velcro, a bad point however is that the Velcro strip isn't very wide so the shoes can't be pulled tightly if your child has thinner than average feet. Hollie has chubby feet but around her ankle is quite slim so these shoes do look a bit flappy if she's wearing thin tights.
She can walk fine in them, the thin sole actually seems to help her stability when she's running around. There's zero grip on the bottom of the shoes so no good for playing outside when it's wet and equally dodgy on laminate flooring after I've done the polishing. As Hollie found out today while racing through to grab a biscuit, and that's where greed gets you! Ha!
When I bought them I thought the sequins would end up all over the place, but this hasn't been an issue. Admittedly a few have dropped out here and there, but you have to look hard at the shoes to see where the (tiny) gaps are. The fronts haven't creased either, another thing I was surprised about with these shoes being so cheap. They are starting to show a bit of wear cosmetically, but only as much as any shoes for very small people would wear after this time.
They look best with pretty girly dresses, when I first saw them I imagined Hollie wearing a pair of jeans with them but in reality they looked a bit daft. With her trendy party dress (and also the less trendy princess dress) they definitely look the part, quirky enough to channel her inner Lily Allen but still cute enough for a three year old.