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Shoe Zone Black Flower Ballerinas
Member Name: northernlovely
Shoe Zone Black Flower Ballerinas
Advantages: Cheap but quite well made, fashionable, comfortable
Disadvantages: You might get a wonky bow if you order online ;)
Shoe Zone is a great shop for affordable fashion shoes. In the same way you buy disposable fashion jewellery; Shoe Zone is not the place to go for hand crafted, long lasting shoes! But it certainly has it's place on the high street as you can for only a few pounds find a pair of shoes to go with an outfit for a night out or one off occasion, or buy some casual shoes to use occasionally.
I have a number of more expensive shoes - my Ugg Boots and my Hush Puppies leather boots being in my 'last me years' category, but for ballerina shoes, I can't really see myself ever paying over £15.
I was recently invited to a Baptism with my husband, but as I am nearly eight months pregnant now, I knew I wouldn't be able to wear heels for the occasion. I needed a pair of smart, Church appropriate flats, to compliment my black dress.
So, I popped into Shoe Zone and found these Black Flower Ballerinas in the sale for only £6.99! What a bargain. The great thing about Shoe Zone is that they go to a size 9, I have large feet being a tall lady, and it's great to have that choice, though I found in this particular style (which I will wear either with no socks or with thin tights), a size 8 fitted me well.
The shoes are well made for the money, I think. They are 100% synthetic, not a problem for me but if you suffer from sweaty feet or foot odour it might be a good idea to invest in leather or breathable shoes, or use a foot deodorant (I mention this as my friend can't wear synthetic ballerina shoes). For me it's not a problem though.
They are black, and I only saw black in the store, though the website advises they come in beige and silver also. The shoes are black with sequin detailed flowers, and a bow to the front which looks to be glued on. The shoes are flat with a rubber sole.
In terms of comfort I find the shoes very comfortable, even at this stage of pregnancy, and they look great dressed up with tights and a dress and equally nice with a pair of jeans, so I will be sure to get plenty of use out of them. Obviously they are more fashion shoes and not designed for long walks through fields, out in rainy weather, etc, but the soles are waterproof, and I haven't lost any sequins yet. Overall, I am impressed that for only £6.99 these shoes will easily last me to Christmas and beyond. I don't think you can ask much more from them for that price!
Overall I'd highly recommend these shoes - I'd recommend buying any Shoe Zone shoes instore if you can, as I had to choose between a few pairs of the size 8s where the bow on the front had been glued on a bit wonky! Obviously you wouldn't get that choice if you ordered online (though they do do free returns, it's just a bit of a hassle). Luckily there's one five minutes from my house.
In terms of these Shoe Zone Black Flower Ballerinas, I can't rate them highly enough, especially for the money. You could walk into any high street shop and pay £20 for these, without question. They look great and they're better made than you realise. Certainly they'll last me and I've even had a few compliments on my pretty, sparkly shoes. 5 out of 5, all things considered :)
Summary: Well, well worth the money especially in the sale