“ Brand: Rocket Dog / Gender: Women „
Rocket Dog not only make funky cool canvas pumps like the pair I'm about to review but they also have a pretty cool range of boots as well however it is their flat range of pumps that I really love. They come in a wide range of styles and they are really comfortable to wear especially in hot weather. My favourite pair are called Kitsch flat Cherry Pumps in the Snackie range of shoes, they have a white rubber sole with the dog logo on it. The inside is a pink gingham material while the main canvas body of the shoe is black in colour with a very cute metal cherry which has green and red diamantes on the top framed by a black bow and there is a pink piping running around the top of the shoe. Overall it is a very cute girly design however it is also a rather functional shoe as well. What I like about these shoes is while they are very attractive and really comfortable they have also proved to be quite hard wearing as along with the rubber sole they also have a white rubber toe so they providea little extra protection for your feet especially if you are in a crowd and also protect the shoe as well. The only downside to the white rubber toe is the fact that it does show the dirt and marks easily so you will be giving them a quick clean quite a lot of the time otherwise they start to look tatty. I also have a more conventional pair of gun metal ones as well which have a bow but are more traditional flats as well with a black rubber sole and a gun metal upper. What you do get with this range are very comfortable pumps that are ideal for summer wear, I have been surprised that mine still look in pretty good condition after a summer of wear, this includes the fact that the cherry design is still intact which when I first bought them I was not sure would be the case. There is enough padding in the sole to make them comfortable to wear for long periods and of course they slip on and off easily. I have found that my feet do not get too hot when wearing them and they are ideal for all casual social occasions making them very versatile. I paid £29 for the Kitsch Cherry Pumps however the Gun Metal pair were cheaper at £22 so expect to pay somewhere in the twenties for a pair however they are well worth checking out as there are some cool designs in the range.
I bought these in the summer and have worn them a lot since then; they seem to have lasted well. Mine are a slightly different design to the ones shown here- they're red with a girly-looking bow and metallic cherries attached to the front of each shoe. I bought two different makes of shoe at the same time, and these are by far the more comfortable. It seems that flat, slip-on shoes are often designed without any padding on the soles, and fortunately these are a bit different. They may not be clarks or hushpuppies, but if you want comfortable yet fashionable then these are the better option! At the age of only 29, comfort seems to have become of embarrassing importance to me when buying shoes, as my calves start to ache these days when I wear non-padded shoes. That doesn't mean I'm quite into orthopaedic shoes yet, mind you! I've been wearing these during the Spanish winter, but that's because the Spanish winter isn't too cold. You wouldn't want to be wearing these out in the snow, but they seem to be relatively waterproof for going out when it's been raining and has stopped. The grip on them isn't brilliant, of course, but I've never slipped over on a wet pavement in them, so they do a relatively good job for the kind of shoes they are. The really nice thing about them is their versatility- while they can't be worn for a night out on the tiles, they can be worn casually with tight or flared jeans or with a denim or other casual type of skirt, and look equally good. The one downside to them is that the toe area is made of quite a tough plasticky material, which I find presses down slightly on my toes and can start to ache if I wear them for a prolonged length of time. Of course, for some people the fact that they aren't made of leather could also be a disadvantage- the outer and inner are fabric and the sole is man-made material. If you're the kind of person, like me, who has an awkward shoe size, you may be pleasantly surprised by how comfortable these shoes are, if not worn for hours on end. My feet are half a size difference apart, and usually finding shoes that fit is difficult. These though, fit like the glass slipper fitted Cinderella, or, to borrow Malu's pun, they fit like a handshoe (a German glove). I think these cost me £20 in Barratts over the summer, and on Amazon they are currently £25, thought they seem only to have size 4 or 6 in stock at the moment. They come in a variety of colours. As I said, mine are red, but you can buy them in black or a chequered or plain grey pattern too. So, to sum up, these may not be the height of comfort and / or sophistication, but they are comfortable and look nice with different types of clothing. Money well spent, if you ask me.
My 14 year old daughter actually bought these, she was 13 at the time and very much discovering the Rocket Dog range of shoes. Charlotte definitely isn't as girly as me and would live in Converse boots, so I was glad to provide the funds for her to buy a few pairs of something a bit different to what I usually see her in! She found a good selection on sale in Stratford-upon-Avon so stocked up, and despite the fact that I ended up buying my own shoes and then disappearing into the pub next door and leaving her to it, she made some sensible purchases! This pair of Cherry Snackie Shoes was a new design for Summer 2010, my daughter purchased them in June and already they had been reduced. I'm not sure why this is as I think they're one of the prettier Rocket Dog designs, although this is probably the reason as Charlotte's generation of teenage girls don't seem to want pretty. She wore them twice and didn't like them, she said they were comfortable but the design was too girly. I noticed them sitting unworn on the shoe rack and decided to try them on myself, and I'm glad I did because I've honestly hardly taken them off since! I agree with her opinion that the style is for older women, not hugely older because they still have the on trend Rocket Dog appeal but they're not as goth and edgy as younger teens want in these Emo days. The grey jersey material is attractive and a nice soft colour which is very versatile and can be worn with different outfits, I think these shoes go best with jeans because of the casual appearance of them but they'd go just as well with a summer dress or (in my case) maternity dress. The rubber sole is great, there are deep grips on the bottom of the shoe which would make them good for walking in the ice or snow only your feet would get a bit cold! The insole is thick and well cushioned to make these very comfortable for walking in, all Rocket Dogs are comfortable in my opinion but these are the best I've known and it's thanks to the soft canvas lining and overall suppleness of the shoe. I wish Dooyoo had put the photo up showing the front of the shoe instead of the back because they're so pretty! The rounded toe is made more feminine with the addition of a large bow made from the same grey material as the shoe itself, and in the middle of the bow is a gorgeous pair of diamante cherries. These cherries hang slightly from the shoe and are roughly 1 1/2cm long, I think once the shoes are finished with I'll snip these off and use them for something else as they've kept hold of their stones and look very sweet. Maybe I'll use them as a pair of earrings? £20 from Office.
In the summer months I like to wear light canvas pumps instead of proper trainers - I find trainers far too hot in summer. For the last few years I had a pair of Rocket Dogs that I adored, but when this summer came round, I felt they were a bit too battered and leaky to survive another summer. So I decided it was time for some new ones. I looked at cheaper options, but I'd loved my Rocket Dogs so much that I decided to go for another pair of them. I didn't want anything too flashy, so I chose the Snackie design. I tried them on in a shop but then bought them (new and sealed) from Ebay as it was a little cheaper at £25 including postage, while shops were around £29. The Snackie comes in several colours, including checks, but I went for the grey option (as pictured here). It was a little cheaper than the checks which I liked, but also it wasn't too bright or loud. The Snackie is a flat canvas pump with a rubber sole and toe. On the toe there is a bow with a small cherry shaped jewel on top of it. The inside is a funky check pattern, not that you can appreciate that when you're wearing it. When I got the shoes, I was a little unsure about that cherry jewel - it is quite sparkly, and a bit more obvious than I was used to wearing on my feet, but also it sticks up quite high, and I was worried I would soon break it. The pumps are very comfortable, and I was pleased with them straight away. The sole is quite substantially think, which I think is an improvement on my previous Rocket Dogs (they're so worn I can't tell how thick the sole was originally, but I'm sure it was quite thin to start with). This thick sole gives me confidence that they will last for several summers. I did find that the pumps rubbed a bit for the first few times I wore them, mostly on the back of my heel. This was a slight disappointment as I don't remember this happening with my last pair, but I usually some discomfort with new shoes so I just waited for it to pass, which it soon did. I was really pleased with the comfort of the pumps. As the sole is thick, there is plenty of padding between my foot and the ground - a nice change from my very worn previous pair! This also gives added warmth if it is a bit cooler. Because the top is open, if it is a bit cool the top of your foot does get chilly, or wet if it's raining. However, aside from this I've found the Snackie to be reasonably waterproof. Of course your feet won't stay dry if you jump in puddles, but they're perfectly adequate if you get caught in a heavy summer shower. The durability of the pumps is also looking good. I'm terrible with shoes, especially work shoes as I walk through them very quickly, but summer pumps usually last a few years as I only wear them for a few months, and then only outside work. My Snackies are still in perfect condition in terms of durability, although I do find the white rubber toe got dirty very quickly. I also haven't broken the cherry jewels - they would possibly be damaged if you fell or tripped over, but that hasn't happened to me this summer (at least not while I was wearing these...). All in all, I'm really pleased with my choice of summer pumps this year. The Rocket Dog Snackie is everything I was looking for, and although they're now tucked away in my wardrobe for the winter, I'm looking forward to getting them out when summer comes next year!