I bought these shoes for a recent family wedding; after hunting high and low for shoes to match my already purchased outfit, I found these in the last place I looked - the usually appalling Freemans catalogue. Available in three colours, I chose the lilac shade you can see above quite simply because that was the one which would match my outfit.
The shoes did look lovely; in the flesh they have classic styling and were well suited to a woman of my age. The 2 inch wooden heel is made of solid wood and is much thicker than that on most 'dressy' shoes I had seen. This is an important consideration for me as, frankly, I struggle to walk in anything that rises above pavement level so this very low heel was already a challenge.
There is absolutely no way I can describe the appearance of these shoes; as you can see above the sides and front of them are made up of slim straps, each of these being attached to the side of the shoe meaning there are no fastenings and that this is a simple pull on style. The effect is fairly modern, although I don't think these shoes would appeal to younger women - when I say modern, I mean by my (older) standards.
The shoe is made of soft nubuk leather, with a man made inner lining. From the very first time I wore them I found the shoes to be extremely comfortable, granted there was a little rubbing on my heel but this is to be expected with brand new shoes of this style.
A problem I have with these shoes is that they are made to a very wide fitting, I have standard width feet and these didn't feel as snug as they should. I would go as far as saying that if you have narrower than average feet these simply won't fit comfortably. The rigid elastic hidden inside the shoe only really helps if you have even wider feet than these shoes are designed for and although I felt comfortable, I would personally have liked to be able to use this elastic to tighten them a little.
The overall style of the shoes is pleasant to wear, I would have liked a little more support to the sides of my feet but this unfortunately is not possible thanks to the semi-open design. The back panel does cradle my feel nicely, but again the width of the shoes meant that even the strapping itself provided no support.
As I mentioned, I do like the heel on these shoes. Admittedly, I didn't walk far in them but the few steps I did take that day (and on subsequent wearings) were comfortable enough, if a little wobbly. The heel feels very 'solid' as I'm walking and it doesn't actually feel as high as it is due to the bulky design of the back of the shoe. There is a small rubber stopper at the bottom of the heel, presumably to prevent the wood being damaged as you walk, but this also has the pleasing effect of stopping that awful click-clack some women make when walking in high heels.
Overall, I am pleased with my purchase of the Tamaris shoes. The quality is excellent and the attractive classic design makes them a beautiful pair of special occasion shoes. I paid £33 for them which I believe is reasonable, although I must admit I would baulk at the full price tag of £59 as they really are not the sort of shoes you would (probably) wear often. There is a wide range of sizes from 2 1/2 up to 7, although please note not all half sizes are available in Freemans - I believe the Taramis brand is sold on the high street, however, so it may be worthwhile you looking around if you require a specific half size or even just want to check on the width of the shoes.
I am a bit of a fan of black shoes but when I spotted these recently in my Freemans catalogue priced at £49.00 a pair I couldn't resist ordering them just to have a butchers really with the thought that I would send them back if not what I wanted (always a bonus with catalogues I think!).
These shoes come in only one colour option and that is grey. They are leather but soft leather and the heel is 2 inches high made from a light wood so its solid, grained and has a rubber end that isn't very thick but at the same time not heavy so doesn't weigh feet down at all.
The shoe is slightly pointed then has fixed in groups of straps that you can see some of your foot through and although these are called high fronted the back is actually slightly higher than the front and dips slightly.
These come in sizes 3 to 7 with a 6 and a half option available and cost £49.00 a pair (though are not available from the website at the moment and only from the catalogue since I purchased them by the way for some reason).
These are actually really rather comfortable shoes. Ok they are not cushioned with insoles inside and are rather flat inside of them but due to them not being too pointed, toes are given room to breath and are not one bit pinched. The foot is encased securely in the shoe as well and the heel really, due to it being rather stocky doesn't put pressure on the ball of the foot.
Do be aware though that these are grey shoes and are not metallic or classed as silver but a subtle grey colour. They are hard wearing and durable and don't scuff easily and rather waterproof apart from the holes in the tops and I wouldn't recommend going paddling in them or anything like that!
All in all I love these shoes they look great with skinny jeans and leggings as well as rock chick clothing and I love them, they just look so smart!
Available from Freemans.
Tamaris / Hight fronted leather shoes.