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When I was a young chilld, I remember seeing a little girl with trainers that lit up. I was amazed by them, but my parents completely refused to buy me a pair. I vowed that one day, I would buy a pair for myself. Unfortunately, by the time I got my first job I was 14 and well past the age of sparkling twinkly shoes.
And then I had a daughter! Oh, the joy. I could live through her, and make her wear all the sparkly things I wanted as a child - which is how my daughter came to her first pair of Twinkle Toes.
Twinkle Toes are a range of shoes designed for little girls, in sizes from first shoes up to a size 2, all the way through infant sizes, and up to a junior 4. They come in a range of different colours, from really girly very pink shoes, to dark indigo coloured ones, as lace ups or velcro strapped, and as ordinary flat shoes or hi-top trainers. There are actually lots of different designs of TT shoes, each having different printed designs, but what they all have in common is lots of glittering gems at the toe end, some of which light up when you stride, as well as other lights placed throughout the shoe depending on the pattern. Your little girls toes will, quite literally, twinkle. Hence the brand name!
Some of the better known designs are groovy baby (very seventies inspired with peace and love symbols), a butterfly pattern (very sweet and girly, looks lovely in the light pink colour) dashing daisy (a repeated daisy design) and love burst (hearts and fireworks). My daughter has had a few pairs over the years, but her current pair is in the Triple Time design, and is a velcro fastening flat trainer.
The main body of the Triple Time is in a sort of multicoloured rainbow zebra print. The colours are bright and jewelllike, and stand out against the black wonderfully. The toes of the shoes are covered in multicoloured gems and lights - blacks, purples,blues and pinks - and on the outside edge of each shoe are some applique hearts, one picked out in pinky red sequins, the other in black, and both bordered with thick black stitching which gives a lovely contrast and makes them stand out well against the zebra print. The outside of each shoe also features additional crystals and lights, some of which are picked out by thick stitched borders, others just set there on there own. At the heel of the shoe is a strip in a lovely pink shiny glittery plastic, and each of the velcro fasteners is also in this attractive glittery plastic, one in pink, one in purple, and one in a lovely bright blue colour. The trim of the shoe is in white and pink, and bears the skechers logo.
These shoes stand out and draw attention - thats even before walking. When my daughter walks however, the toes flash, and lights travel up the side of the shoe. If you weren't looking at the shoes before, chances are that flashing will draw your attention out of the side of your eye! The shoes fit comfortably, and being canvas are quite flexible and require very little getting used to when new. The velcro fastens make it easy for my daughter, who has never really gotten the hang of laces, to have these as tightly as she wants.
I love the style of these, and my daughter does too. She would wear these every day, every where if I let her. And largely I do, although I do worry about them getting ruined, as they are not cheap. For this reason I coated these when I got them with a water proof spray which prevents mud and dirt from sticking, and so far they've almost always stayed clean enough through months of use to enable me to sell them on again on ebay once she outgrows them. I do however try to keep her from putting them through too much wear - she gets to wear them to walk everywhere, for example, but I don't let her use them for football, or for climbing - she has a pair of cheap trainers for that.
So, although these have lasted well, a lot of that is down to me being protective of the money I pay for these shoes. At full price, they retail for between 40-50 pounds. I usually get mine during some kind for sale for around £30. They're really not that cheap - but the look on my daughters face as she puts on a new pair, and the level of enjoyment I get from catching that little flash out of the corner of my eye makes them worth it. My daughter has had three or four pairs of these shoes, and they have always still been wearable after a year or so when she has outgrown them, so I do think these are good quality, and most importantly they are comfortable for her to wear. I'll be sad when she starts to be too mature for these shoes , as I love them, and only wish they had them in my size!
4 stars, one off for the price.