“ Brand: Shoe Zone / Type: Slippers „
I bought two of my daughters a pair of these slippers each from Shoe Zone, they were very reasonably priced and look great so I didn't mind buying them even though they've already got more slippers than they need.
They are a very feminine pair of ballet style slippers which are made of soft fur inside and out to make them cosy and comfortable. The design is quite unusual, the pattern and style actually reminds me of 'old ladies' slippers but they have been bought up to date with the bold colours and low toe line.
The design is extremely pretty. The coloured circles you can see in the piccie are raised slightly which gives a kind of embossed effect, each small piece of the slipper is an individual piece of fabric and this is something which would usually put me off but the stitching is strong and secure so I doubt they are going to fall apart before the kids grow out of them. As I have mentioned, the inner is also made up of the same fur with a fabric lined insole to help their feet grip the inside of the slippers.
The foot hole has a slight elastication, again something which ordinarily would put me off buying them but in this instance it's done very well. The slippers don't need to be stretched to get them on and off, but once they are being worn the elastic helps keep them on the girls' feet well and also gives them a snug fit to keep their tootsies nice and warm even in this ridiculously cold weather we're experiencing at the moment. Giving the elastic a quick pull I can tell it's not going to keep its strength for too long, although to be honest this doesn't bother me in the slightest as the sizing of the slippers is somewhat on the small side so I doubt they will be wearing these for long anyway.
One downside is the fact that the sole is the type which is made of fabric with a small amount of rubbery dots, similar to a slipper sock. This is fine if you have carpet, but we have laminate flooring throughout our house and quite often I see three year old Hollie sliding her way across the floor after realising that the grips on these slippers won't stop her as quick as she needs to as she runs around the house like a whirling dirvish! Also the fabric sole means these are completely unsuitable for going out of the house in, sometimes I'll let the kids stay in their slippers if we're just heading over to my mums in the car but I doubt the soles of these would survive even the short walk from our front door to the driveway as they are very flimsy.
The girls love these slippers though so I'm glad I bought them. For Alice at eleven it's the quirky design which appeals, they manage to look both grown up and very cute at the same time and that's just right for a girl of her age. In all honesty, Hollie would have preferred a pair of Dora slippers but I think these look fantastic on her and it's actually lovely to see her in a pair of slippers which isn't providing free advertising to a cartoon character.
They won't last long, I'm sure of that. If the very soft sole doesn't rip or tear then I'm certain something else will go wrong at some point as the flimsy and soft design isn't the most sensible option when it comes to buying children's slippers. However, I knew this when I bought them so I can't knock a star off for that as the slippers were so cheap that you couldn't expect them to last forever.
£3.99 from Shoe Zone.