“ Brand: Tesco F&F / Type: Trainers „
Some of you may remember reading about my experience with a pair of boots recently, where I'd paid £26 for a pair of boots which weren't waterproof, and fell to pieces within about a week of wearing them. I've put my search for the perfect boots on hold for now, at least until winter sets in, and so I bought these black trainers from Tesco to wear for work. As I work in an office, my original plan was to wear them for my commute to work (it involves a half hour walk each way), and then change into a pair of work shoes when I got to work. However, I seem to be getting away with leaving these trainers on, as they have a shoe-like appearance, so for now, these are currently my choice of work footwear.
I already own a pair of trainers from Tesco, and have had them about 18 months despite the fact they only cost £5! So I figured with these, they would probably last a reasonable length of time, and even if they didn't they only cost £7 so I wouldn't have lost too much.
The trainers are black in colour, with white stripes along the side. The stripes have a little bit of pink at the edges and are light reflective. The label is, as Alan Partridge would say, "disconcertingly vague" about the material these trainers are made from, with the material being described as "other". However, the main part of the trainers is a leather looking material (although obviously not real leather for the price!), and there are mesh panels round the side. They have a round toe, and black laces, and there is another white strip at the base of the shoe at the sides.
Design wise, these trainers are a bit strange in that they look like shoes when worn with trousers. The front of the trainer by the toes is the leather-type material, which just looks like shoes, and as my work trousers are usually long enough to wear with boots, they cover the white bits so these look like normal work shoes. However, when it comes to wearing them with jeans or tracksuit bottoms, I'm not so keen. For the same reason that it looks like you're wearing shoes with your jogging pants!
In terms of comfort, I can't fault these trainers. They feel really spongey on the ground which makes walking long distances very comfortable, and they don't pinch at the heel or squash my toes. The fit of the trainer appears to be quite narrow, as my feet aren't particularly wide but I do have to squeeze them in a bit at first. Once they're in, my feet don't feel squashed though.
I have worn these trainers in heavy rain and am pleased to report that my feet did not get wet. The only strange thing I have noticed was the other day when it was quite windy, I felt a bit of a draft round my toes. I'm guessing this is due to the mesh material, but for the price I can't really complain. These trainers are definitely worth £7, and I think I will get my money's worth from them.
(This review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)