“ Brand: Skechers / Gender: Women „
One of the best pairs of shoes I've owned has been these Sketchers Sport D'Lites Raptures black trainers. If I'm choosing trainers to wear, then I generally go for dark colours as I think these are more sporty and able to match in with more items of clothing. I find if they are plainer and in a uniform colour, it's also easier to dress them up with smarter trousers for occasions when you need comfortable shoes but don't want to look too casual.
I have had a couple of pairs of Sketchers trainers in the past, and have found them to be very well fitting, comfortable and durable, so I had no hesitation in buying these, despite their relatively high price tag, because firstly, I really liked the sporty simplicity of them, and secondly, I had a strong feeling they would last a long time.
I paid around £60 for my last pair of these shoes from Schuh, and although there are cheaper trainers and skate shoes around, I really liked the look of these. They are basically black all over, which I really liked as so many women's trainers come in overly girly colours and pale shades, which I think are great on evening shoes and heels, but look rubbish on trainers. They are vey simple in their design, featuring a nicely moulded rubber sole that's thicker at the heel than at the toe, a standard lace up front, and a little 'S' logo for Sketchers on the side, near the top of the shoes' tongues. The bottom of the sole has a very good amount of grip, and I've never had a problem accidentally slipping or sliding in these trainers.
My newest pair of these shoes have lasted me over a year so far, and are still looking good even after miles of muddy walks, thanks to several runs through the washing machine to freshen them up every now and then. I wear them for several hours most days and have to say they are a very comfy pair of shoes. Other trainers which I'v had for a similar amount of time seem to wear at the heel, and if I don't do anything about this, I can wear them right down to the plastic heel support, causing them to rub, give me blisters and force me to throw them away.
I've only ever seen these for sale in Schuh and on the internet, but if you're lucky enough to have a Sketchers branch near you you can buy them from there.
Overall, I really love these shoes - they look good, they're well made and comfortable, and look good in a range of occasions. Although they are not cheap, they are very good value in the long run, so I can highly recommend them.
These are my all-time favourite shoes, and I wear them practically every day. I'm now on my third pair, but they last for at least two years (and that's wearing them almost every day of the year).
If you're read some of my other shoe reviews, you'll know that my feet are extremely sensitive and I have a big problem finding shoes. I have quite wide feet, a high instep and very sensitive, thin skin on top of my foot, plus ankles which are prone to cuts and scrapes. All these factors basically mean that my feet are often in agony one way or the other, and it's extremely difficult for me to find shoes I can wear for more than a couple of hours at a time.
This is why I'm so dedicated to these particular Skechers, because I absolutely love these trainers for not hurting my feet. I can wear them all day and night without my feet hurting at all - once they're broken in - and they're everything I need in a pair of shoes.
I've just bought my third pair of these, and the fact that they still sell them several years on is a bit of a giveaway that they are popular. At £60, they are not the cheapest shoes around, but as they are so hard-wearing I estimate that they cost me less than 8p per day - and for comfort, that's a price I'm willing to pay!
The shoes themselves are quite subtle - black, velvety-soft feeling trainers with a thick rubber sole. I've worn them in all kinds of weather conditions in various different countries, and I wouldn't be without them for long walks. I'm not sure if they're officially waterproof, but I've worn them in storms, snow and ice with no problems. The velvety finish does wear down over time, but the shoes are still waterproof. They grip well in all but the worst black ice situations.
They do start to wear down on the soles when they come to the end of their lifespan, and I also get holes in the sides, possibly due to my wide feet. They have an 'S' picked out in silver on the side, and the tongue in my most recent pair has some writing on it, but other than that they are fairly plain. The inside of the shoes has thick padding for comfort, and the laces come already in them so there's no faff. You can tell they're good quality, and you get a pair of spare laces with them. My only complaint would be the laces - they do wear down quite quickly and they are shorter than I would like - just about big enough to tie in a double bow.
You can buy them on the internet, but I tend to get mine from Schuh. I believe the trendier shoe shops will also stock them, as does the Skechers shop itself obviously.
I would pay a lot more for these shoes because they have been a lifesaver to be on more than one occasion. As I wear quite long trousers, they don't look like trainers and I've been able to wear them to work when I worked in a place with a smart casual dress code (formal trousers/skirts and nice tops).
I would thoroughly recommend these shoes to anyone who has problems with their feet. They give a lot of support (although they soften more over time) without causing pain.