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Note: Sassie is a range of shoes and trainers by Skecher. I'm reviewing the Sassie Stars trainers in taupe/pink which differ from the picture.
Back in July 2010 I was on the look out for a fashionable yet comfortable pair of trainers and always seemed to come back to Skechers. Unlike their Shape-Up range which is chunky and not very attractive, the Sassies are lightweight with a far nicer style for everyday use. I paid £27.91 for my pair and although I do have a problem or two with them, they have been fantastic value for money continually worn throughout the four seasons.
My pair of Sassie trainers is the Sassie Stars in taupe and pink with the leather and textile upper. They're a slip on design with the bungee lace loops which is where this design really fails for me as I have narrow feet and find these trainers far too wide. Compared to the sides of the shoe which are overly flexible, the heel is thicker which helps them stay on better. It's not stopped me wearing them but it does mean I can't run in them and they offer far too little support on rugged terrain as I always feel my feet slipping about inside them.
The cushioned insole makes these shoes very comfortable. It's the satin-like finish on this insole which makes them difficult to wear though. There are holes punched into the insole from the middle of the foot to the toes but I don't feel this offers much ventilation because of the finish of the insole. In hot weather they can get quite sweaty so I do have to keep taking them off to let them and my feet dry off a bit so it doesn't cause blisters. In general though, I've never had any problem with them rubbing.
The sole has been the most durable part of the shoe. The textured surface to the rubber has remained on most of the shoe only showing wear towards the toes and heels. Thankfully the sole does offer far better grip than the insole. On the upper there has been some discolouration around the heel where the gold colour has started to rub off and the suede effect around the toes is looking a bit bubbly but they've held up very well. The sole has slightly started coming away from the upper at the toes but still isn't anywhere near the point of needing replacing.
These are a very girly pair of trainers. I didn't really buy them specifically because they had pink glittery stars (I'm not that much of a girly girl). The design is really quite subtle when they're on my feet so although you can see the pink through the cut out stars, the glitter can't really be seen. There's the pink S logo backed by silver which stands out the most mainly because the rest of the shoe has more golden colours. I do like the colours though - especially them being in taupe because although I generally avoid mud, they still don't look dirty after so much wear. If the soles do get a bit muddy they've never been too hard to clean although there are some deep grooves around the pink parts of the sole which are harder to get into.
For under £30 they've definitely been worth the money: they're easy to slip on and off, durable soles, lightweight, comfortable and I expect to still get a good amount of use out of them this year at least. As much as I do love them though they've not been perfect by the fact they're too wide, insole too slippy and sweaty and for offering very little support. Those with wider feet might find they offer better fit than they do for me but I can only give them 3 stars.
Skechers / Pretty and practical slip on trainer by Skechers.