Product Type: Shoe Zone Hunter Original
Newest Review: ... and by the time I got home, they were rather grungy and I didn't really fancy keeping them to wear again or putting them in my washing mac... more
A definite wardrobe staple
Shoe Zone Black Flower Ballerinas
Member Name: HelenW
Shoe Zone Black Flower Ballerinas
Advantages: Cheap, comfortable and pretty
I can completely understand that the general percpetion of bargain shoes is that they are not great. However, from my experience of shoe zone, is that the quality of the shoes produced by shoe zone are actually pretty good. Although I can see the point of spending a decent amount of money on really good shoes, when that isn't possible, shoe zone is the place to go.
These ballerina shoes are available in 3 colours: black, cream and silver. They are available in sizes 3-9, which I am reliably informed by a friend that size 9 ladies shoes are a rare thing, especially when they are as affordable as shoe zone shoes.
I like these ballerina shoes so much, that I have them in 2 colours, black and cream. I first purchased the black pair when they cost £6.99. However, walking home late one night, I stepped in a muddy puddle and by the time I got home, they were rather grungy and I didn't really fancy keeping them to wear again or putting them in my washing machine!! I went out and replaced them, and the 2nd pair actually cost £8.99. I think this highlights the popularity and the quality of this shoe. The pairs I purchased were in store, although they are also available on the shoe zone website for £9.99.
The fabric of the shoe is all synthetic (upper, lining, insock, and sole). However, I would say that they are very confortable. The fabric of the shoe is such that I have never felt they rub or blister your feet, whether you are wearing tights or have bare feet. When I first purchased them, I also decided I didn't need to wear them around the house with socks before wearing them out to soften the fabric a bit! The sole feels sturdy considering that they are dainty ballerina flats; and it is also patterned in a way as to make them non slip and I have never felt that the grip was insufficient, even while walking in rain.
The pattern of the shoes makes them a very pretty shoe to be wearing around. On the soft black fabric, are embroidered flower and there is sequin detailing which makes an excellent addition to an outfit. There is a small bow glued to the front, it's a fairly small bow which in my opinion, is just about the right size, any bigger and it would be far too over the top!
The great thing about these shoes is that they are so versatile and work well whether you are casual or something a bit smarter. I am not the biggest fan of trainers; and I have to wear steel toe capped boots for my job, so when I'm just off out shopping or out for lunch, I like being able to slip on some pretty shoes, even with jeans. They really do work with casual clothes, even just to add a bit of prettiness to a casual ensemble! However, they also work when you add them to a slightly more smart outfit. I also volunteer during the day times for the citizens advice bureau, when I like to dress more smartly. For this, I often wear black trousers and a nice top; which means these shoes make a great addition to that outfit.
The prettiness of these shoes is also reflected in the fact that I brought the first pair of black shoes as a slip on pair to go with a bridesmaid dress when I was my sisters bridesmaid. I was worried that I would be limping around by the time that the reception came around! My husband was just happy that they squished up and looked very inconspicous while he had to carry them around!! Also, I brought the cream pair for my spare flat shoes for under my own wedding dress a year later, for when the heels I was wearing really took their toll and I needed to change them!
Overall, a highly recommended shoe.
Summary: Highly recommended