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PRETTY FLATS FOR MY BIG FEET
Shoe Zone Black Flower Ballerinas
Member Name: angelboouk
Shoe Zone Black Flower Ballerinas
Date: 24/10/10, updated on 24/10/10 (143 review reads)
Advantages: PRETTY DESIGN, PRICE,WIDE
Disadvantages: SHODDY WORK
Shoe Zone is a shoe store offering various footwear for men, women and children. Shoe Zone aim to offer excellent quality footwear at affordable prices. They stock various boots, shoes, trainers, slippers and sandals in different styles and colours. Friendly instore staff can provide measurements and fittings to ensure your shopping experience is a positive one.
Shoe Zone currently have 54 styles/colours of flat shoes available on their website. Instore styles may vary but there is certainly a wide selection with colours such as beige and white offering something a bit different to the common black. The majority of the flat shoes, are known as Ballerinas due to their resemblance to dancing shoes. The Ballerinas range in price from £4.99 to £14.99.
There is a specific design of flat shoe available in Shoe Zone. The Flower Ballerinas are flat shoes which come in 4 different colours.
*Black (which is the ones I have).
These flat shoes are made of synthetic materials. They are described as being "Black Womens Ballerina Shoes with Embroidered Flowers and Black Sequin Details and Single Bow Trim on Flexible Sole".
Well the shoes are flat mainly but rise up a little where the heel sits. The shoe covers around the base of the foot and up reasonably high around the sides. They also cover the entire toe area and are rounded around this area. Of course the top of the foot is left uncovered and exposed.
My pair are black and are adorned with floral patterns which are created using thick, black stitching and finished off with slightly glittery, black sequins. There is also a black bow around where my toes sit underneath the material. Not all of the shoe has patterns and some remains plain black. The base of the shoe is made up of black indents to grip whilst walking.
===Availability and Price===
These shoes are available in ladies sizes 3-9 in Shoe Zone or through their website www.shoezone.com.
10% student discount applies instore but these cost £9.99.
I don't own many pairs of shoes as I don't tend to go many fancy places. I am most comfortable in my trackies or combats which usually look best with trainers. When I was in my teens, I never wore flat shoes and always stuck to high boots and sandals as I thought they looked cool! Since having my son 28months ago, I have become more clumsy and can't seem to walk well in heels.
My local Shoe Zone replaced Shoe Express and I was pleased to see a similar range being stocked. I hate to admit it but I have big feet..size 9 to be exact. Well really an 8 and a half but trying to get this size is a nightmare. This is another reason for my lack of shoe choices as I refuse to may through the nose for big sizes! I also have quite wide feet and don't like them to feel squished within an inch of their lives! Hence the reason that all 3 pairs of shoes (2f flats and 1boots) come from Shoe Zone..they do my size and at an affordable price!
Last year, I was hunting for a pair of flats to have just incase I was asked to go anywhere fancy. At the time, I spotted the Flower Ballerinas and they looked so pretty that I picked up a pair. I purchased the silver ones back then but found that they showed dirt really easily. A few months ago, I decided to pick up a pair of black ones. Black is quite a common colour and I believed these would go nice with different outfits. I also own a plain pair of black flats as these are too glitzy for funerals and court (don't ask!).
The shoes I have are a size 9 and fit me well with a little room to spare. I tend to wear these with thin black socks to pad them out a bit and to keep my tooties cosy. They cover the sides of my feet well though the top gets really cold..not so bad in the summer though. I wear these when I am going anywhere half fancy or just feel like a little change from my trainers. They don't look nice when teamed with trackies so I keep them for my long jeans or black trousers and a nice top.
The shoes aren't very sturdy and the base does wear down quite quickly with regular use. This doesn't cause too many issues though it does mean they aren't quite as cushioned at the sole as they once were. As I buy the next size, I don't experience much discomfort as I first wear these. In the past, trying to squeeze my feet into tiny shoes has caused sore blisters and endless plasters so I try to avoid this where possible!
Once I have these on, they feel light and comfortable on my feet. They won't protect me from anything falling on them and certainly don't keep the rain out as I discovered when I got caught offguard whilst wearing them. Certainly shoes for the dryer weather! Once my wide feet are in, the shoes do stretch to the side over time offering less protection. Walking on even surfaces proves easy and I can do so without fear of toppling over. The shoes don't offer much grip going up and down stairs though and aren't ideal on laminate flooring.
The bow on the front has started to fray at the ends and is quite cheap feeling. The design of the shoe has lasted well with only a few sequins starting to thread off. The black doesn't show up much dirt but if I see any, a quick wipe with a baby wipe cleans it up.
I don't feel the shoes are very well made. They are very thin and flimsy and the stitching in some parts especially around the top is shoddy. The overall design from afar is pretty and they do look nice and slightly glittery under a pair of denim jeans. One pair lasts me a few months with wearing 2-3times a week. This isn't ideal but to find a pretty pair which actually fit me under a tenner, I can live with that.
I do think the other colours would be ideal for weddings or summer events but you can't really go wrong with black.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: NO HEELS PLEASE!