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Shoe Zone is a budget shoe store, which is located on pretty much every high street or shopping centre. Their prices are pretty low, you are generally looking at less than £10 for a pair of ladies shoes and less for children's shoes. What you need to remember at this point, is that the quality may not be what you are used to, if venturing into Shoe Zone for the first time!
A few weeks ago, my previous black flats had started to fall apart (literally). I was sat at my desk and realised that there was a hole in the side, where the sole had come away from the shoe! I wanted to replace them with another pair of the previous shoes I had, as they were excellent quality. My mum has always been of the opinion that, particularly for work, you should get the best you can. However, with pennies being quite tight recently, I decided that I had to head over to Shoe Zone. I am a strictly flat shoe kind of person for two reasons. Firstly, they are much more practical than a pair of heels which makes my working day much more comfortable! Secondly, out of the girls I work with, at 5 feet 5, I'm the tallest in flat shoes, which means that the heels are for nights out only! I also only tend to wear black shoes at work, as they go so well with the rest of my work wardrobe! I tend to wear a lot of black, much to my mums dismay...
I headed over to Shoe Zone and picked up some plain, black flats. At £6.99, these were actually within my budget for now! They come in whole sizes, so if you're an in between size, then maybe Shoe Zone footwear isn't necessarily for you! Picking them up off the shelf (after much searching... it's a bit rubbish being such a horribly common size 6!), they do feel quite flimsy and cheap. Let's not forget the price of them here! However, they fit and they are perfectly intact, which is more than I can say for my previous pair of shoes. When I first wore them around the office, they began to rub a bit around the top of the front bit. But the good thing was that although they rubbed, they didn't cause blisters and need plasters while they got broken in, which is more than I can say for my Marks and Spencer's shoes. Heading off to Sainsbury's for lunch, I began to notice what it's like to wear them on tarmac. You can tell from wearing them, that they have thin and flimsy soles. I could feel all sorts of stones under my feet, which was a bit off putting if I'm honest. But I kept reminding myself that these are a temporary fix until I am able to invest in a better quality pair. After a few days, I began to not notice it as much and got used to the thinner sole.
I tend to wear these shoes if I'm wearing trousers, as although they are perfectly functional, they're not really a dress/skirt kind of shoe. Whilst I was in Shoe Zone, I also purchased (another) pair of their sequinned, black flat shoes. I had a pair previously but managed to wear them out. They're more of a dress/skirt shoe, so these tend to be only for trousers. They do well for my job, where I'm mostly sitting at a computer in an office. However, I wouldn't recommend these if you work on your feet. I've done jobs where I've been on my feet for easily 8 hours a day or even 15 at a weekend, for which these shoes would not have worked at all. You just don't have the feet support that you need if you are on your feet for the duration of your working day.
Overall, an ok shoe, that serves its purpose for me. They are pretty flimsy, but for £6.99, what would you expect? They do fine if you keep your expectations low! They'll do fine until I have the leeway in my finances to buy some better quality shoes.