Product Type: Primark Hunter Original
Newest Review: ... times in the past year. The shoes come in different colours and I have both a white pair and a black pair. They also have little bows... more
These shoes are not made for walking
Primark Bow Ballet Pumps
Member Name: xmum2threex
Primark Bow Ballet Pumps
Advantages: Cheap, look nice
Disadvantages: Break easily
It is not often that I take a trip to Primark despite there being three large stores nearby. I find that children's clothes shrink and misshape often and the ladies clothes always seem a little hit and miss for me, but while we had relatives staying from England we decided to have a look. These shoes cost just £6 and are available in different colours. I chose the white ballet pumps with a black bow as it was the summer and I was looking for a pair of white flat shoes.
Of course the shoes are ballerina style pumps so they are flats. I struggle in high heels so tend to avoid them, and I really like this style as I find they can be worn casually or dressed up depending on what clothes I am wearing. I chose the white pair as I was looking for something a little more summary, and this may not have been the best idea as they showed the dirt instantly. They can be wiped down but the material quickly showed signs of wear. I like that I can wear these with just about anything. They go well with trousers, and dresses and the colours available would suit anyone taste. They seem to fit well, and I found the size 4 were perfect for my feet which is my usual shoe size. I sometimes have a problem with the way the top of the ballet pump sit on the top of my foot. These actually fit really well, sitting close to my foot without being restrictive.
When I first wore these shoes I was a little worried. They were stiff and to be honest hurt my feet a little. I did find after the first day of wearing them my feet were a little sore, but thereafter they had been broken in and were comfy to wear. They do have a thin sole but not so much so that I can feel every stone beneath my feet. They are not made for walking long distances and even though they are flats I found after a long day of shopping my feet would be sore. It was a relief to remove them, and for that reason I tend to stick these on if I know I am just popping out somewhere, rather than if we are taking the children out for the day.
Durability is OK rather than fantastic. I purchased mine in the summer and so they did receive a fair amount of use. As I mentioned before though I did not wear them if I knew I would be doing a lot of walking purely for comfort reasons. I found that after around 6 weeks the shoes began to wear. The fronts of the shoes were coming apart and this quickly escalated to them completely splitting very quickly. I do scuffle along as I walk and this often means the front of my shoes wear down quicker than usual, but these deteriorated very quickly. The bottom of the shoes also began to wear down quickly. As the sole of the shoe isn't the thickest when I first purchased them, they became thin very quickly.
I'm not sure if I would recommend these pumps. They are stylish and extremely cheap at just £6. Even though I only received 6 months wear out of them that is still only a £1 a week they cost which for shoes is a bargain. My sister in law purchased the same pair while we were shopping and she still has hers now five months later so I am not sure if I just picked up a dud pair. It hasn't restored my faith in Primark, but they are nice looking.
Summary: You get what you pay for