Product Type: Skechers Hunter Original
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Bobs the donation shoe :)
Member Name: FrostBite
Advantages: Colours, Quality, Style
Disadvantages: Thin sole
So I pretty much have a different type of shoe for a different task with summer requiring the most pairs; I like small shoes for wearing with shorts ie. pumps etc., smart shoes and then larger trainers for use with trousers. I am not one big into fashion and generally just go for anything that takes my fancy and matches my outfit.
I remember seeing these canvas espadrilles in places like Peacocks and thought they looked a little cheap and like the top may peel from the sole but I liked the summary look. I then saw Toms version; I actually saw the mens ones and thought they looked a little odd on men if I'm quite honest. I was flabbergasted by the price tag which was £35 in my local department store so was put off on the idea of these shoes. By chance I was looking at the Skechers website and came across Bobs which are like Toms but cheaper and come in a tremendous range of styles.
Bobs were created by Skechers to help children worldwide with a campaign that involves donating one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of Bobs purchased. So far Skechers have been able to donate over 3 million shoes to children in need; this is an amazing thing to happen from buying a pair of shoes which you need anyway.
I ordered my Skechers from the website and they cost me £20 plus £3.99 delivery however, they are currently available at departments stores and online from many retailers. They arrived in a plastic bag wrapping with the shoe box inside and the shoes were quite well wrapped.
My Bobs are a denim type design on the upper which is made from a type of canvas material, its a soft textured but sturdy upper. My type of Bobs have a flexible rubber flat sole with leather insole with supports for the heel. The shoe has the distinct tucked toe design with stitching accents and the diagonal front seam detail which goes across the front of the foot area. The Bobs logo is in blue on the back of the heel and on the side seam area. The inside is cushioned to make the shoe more comfortable and the elastic panels to the front make it easy to slip the shoe on and off with a comfortable fit.
When I picked the shoes out of the box for the first time I was impressed at the lightness and thought they would be ideal for summer as they did not look like they would make my feet sweaty. The shoes seemed better quality than the non branded pairs I had seen and the sole looked turdy enough for my way of walking which often leaves the heels wearing away.
I am a size 6.5 to 7 in shoe sizes and found that a size 7 in the Bobs shoe seemed the most appropriate, they do appear a little narrow but I have thin feet anyway so this is not a problem for me. Upon first weraing I found that the edges rubbed my ankle a little but after a few days of 'wearing in' they settled down a little but I often find the Skechers brand do this to me. When worn outside they are really light and ideal for warmer weather (not the cold as your feet feel like blocks of ice!). The sole is slim and not for walking on gravel as I could feel every lump and bump but on the pavement they are not too bad but can feel like my feet are pounding the ground.
The shoes do not provide any kind of weather protection and would not be ideal in the rain or snow as they are not waterproof.
I would not recommend weraing the shoes without some sort of socks, when I wear them with shorts I put in sports socks just to stop the seams and edges rubbing my feet or leaving marks on them. Also socks help to prevent any smells from getting into the fabrics.
The shoes are ideal to wera with skinny jeans and shorts as they are a small and slim shoe which would be drowned by anything too heavy. I can imagine the shoe would be quite ideal for holiday travel due to the small and light nature to shove in an over night bag.
I do recommend these shoes as they were £20 and some are now cheaper at £10 and as Skechers donate a pair of shoes to a child in need per pair bought I think this is incentive enough. There are many styles and colours available for both men and women so there is something suited to all.
Summary: Stylish Bobs ideal for warmer weather.