“ Brand: Topshop / Type: Pumps „
I'm on my third pair of these little ballet pumps from Topshop, I'm on my third pair because I do find that they wear out very quickly, but I'm also on my third pair because I love them so much.
I first discovered these about 3 years ago, a work colleague had been wearing them for a little while and I'd been staring at them all week so decided to ask where she got them, she said Topshop and so off I went at the weekend to buy myself a pair!
I do find that these ballet pumps are slightly on the small side, I'm normally a size 5 in most shoes, and occasionally I can even get away with a 4. I actually have to buy these Topshop ballet pumps in a size 6 though, I think that the problem is that they are quite narrow, which is why I need to go up to a size 6 as I have little fat feet! Having said that though the size 6 doesn't look odd and is comfortable to wear. When I first get a new pair of these ballet pumps they are still very slightly on the tight side, However the material of the shoes is so super soft that it stretches and gives within a day or two normally or a few days at the most.
These are not actually leather they are a polyurethane material, however they do look like leather and when I started buying them I was shocked that they weren't as I'd have swore blind that they actually were leather. This is obviously reflected in the low price, my most recent pair was just £16.00, I do think that these have actually come down in price slightly as I'm convinced that I paid £18.00 for the pair before.
These are gorgeous little shoes and look exactly like a ballerinas ballet pumps complete with the little tie bow on the front. This is obviously helped by the colour, they are a gorgeous pinky beige colour - salmon Topshop describe it as. My previous pair were more of a beigey beige than a pinky beige, however I much prefer the pinky hued ones that I have now to the beige hued ones that I had previously, I think that the pinky beige goes much better with my skintone (very fair with tonnes of freckles) than the beigey beige.
These look gorgeous on and they don't make my feet look any bigger, something that concerned me with having to go for the size 6, in fact they make my feet look quite dainty. They look good with anything, I typically wear them with skinny jeans, leggings, shorts, maxi dresses, shorter dresses, skirts, basically they look good with most things and they are a very versatile little pair of shoes. I would say that they are more suited to being a summer shoe rather than a winter shoe due to the light colour, they start to look very grubby very quickly in the winter.
These are so comfortable, they are just like wearing a pair of slippers, the material is so super soft that it moulds to your feet, and there's no hard edges to rub or irritate your feet. I can wear these all day with no discomfort whatsoever, and it doesn't feel like I've had anything on my feet. They are the perfect little shoes for holidays and travelling at they squash flat and take up no space at all in your luggage, yet they still look perfect when you take them out to wear them, no matter how squashed they've been.
I do find that I wear through these ballet pumps very quickly though, the soles are just a very thin plastic sole, I'm very heavy footed and so I find that I wear the sole down very quickly and it starts to then wear the 'leather' away at the back of the shoe. I've had a year at the most out of these, and that's not wearing them everyday. Another negative about the sole is that because it is so thin you can feel some stones and cobbles through the sole. One last thing to mention is that these little ballet pumps don't mix well with the rain.
Although these don't last long I absolutely love the styling, and they are supremely comfortable (providing you aren't walking over uneven ground). I don't really mind that I only get a year out of these as they are so cheap to replace. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these, and I'm definitely going to continue to buy these myself.
Ballet pumps (also known as flats), in an unusual yellow tinted chocolatey brown/tan colour, described by topshop as 'camel'. They're also available in a lovely girly baby pink colour and also a creamy pink salmony colour. They're flat, the soles very thin and the pumps are very open, leaving most of the foot visible, they have a cute round toe making the feet look slightly neater/smaller, with a bow ontop. They're lovely looking and really cute/feminine, with the bow making them look that bit cuter and adding character. They look a bit like a lightweight pump style version of brogues and look nice with a summery dress or matched with simple jeans. They're versatile and can match with most outfits without looking out of place. When worn with jeans or casual clothing they make it look a bit more like you've put that extra bit of effort into the outfit. The material has a slight plastic feel to it but they don't look or smell plasticy/cheap.
They're nice and soft, easy to slip on and easy to walk in. They're very lightweight and are ideal for walking around in shopping etc.The only downside is when walking on pavements i can feel the pavement on my feet as the sole's not thick and isn't very supportive either. They've also gone slightly out of shape already (after 2 weeks of buying them!) as my feet are slightly on the wide side; none of my other pumps have done this though so i feel that the quality is slightly lacking on strength and support.
Price and Value:
£16 - cheap for topshop as most of there shoes are normally well over £20! Personally i feel they're decent value due to the comfort but they don't seem the type of shoe to last long and aren't ideal when walking across surfaces such as the beach or pebbled ground because of the thinness of the sole. The fact they're versatile and comfy make up for this though. I personally do like them but cheaper options are available that are the same/better quality.
In the winter I can get by with a couple of pairs of boots and the odd pair of shoes, however as soon as spring arrives I seem to go on a bit of crazy shoe buying spree and last year managed to buy about fifteen pairs of summer shoes! This spring has been no different and I've already added about five pairs of shoes to my spring / summer collection, including a pair of camel coloured pumps from Topshop which I bought about a month ago to take to Barcelona with.
The ballerina pumps are camel coloured (sort of a deep honey colour with a hint of light brown about them), have a round toe and a small camel coloured bow on the toe as well. The pumps are really quite plain and therefore are suitable for day or night wear really. The polyurethane material is really soft indeed, I wore these shoes without any socks or anything for a whole day (of intense walking around the sites of Barcelona) and didn't experience any pain whatsoever.
The only downside is the fact that the soles of these shoes are really thin, so thin in fact that I can't see them lasting more than this summer with average wear. The other problem with thin soles is that if you're walking on an uneven surface such as pebbles then you really do feel it through the soles and it can be quite uncomfortable really. If they had a slightly thicker sole they really would be the perfect pumps as they're just so comfortable apart from that.
The ballerina pumps are currently priced at £16 in Topshop which does seem to be a fairly standard price; obviously you can get much cheaper variations at places like Primark though. Due to the fact I don't think they'll last overly long I think they are probably slightly overpriced really. They're available in sizes 3 to 9 and are also available in a salmon colour and a pink colour as well at present on the Topshop website although they appear to be selling quick!
I would recommend these pumps if you're just looking for a basic, comfortable and versatile shoe for the summer but I would warn you that they probably won't last beyond the summer. I would also warn you that they're not really suitable for extensive walking or any sort of hiking due to the thinness of the soles and the softness of the material meaning they're not the most supportive of shoe! Overall they're getting an average three stars from me.
Thanks for reading.