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Having recently started a new job in an office I was on the look out for office-wear type things. I chose a few suits and skirts/dresses and then realised that I didn't really have any suitable shoes to wear with them as I usually like to wear shoes such as converse which I didn't think would go down too well in the office! I'll be honest I never look in the shoe department at Topshop as they are usually very expensive so I just happened to see these on the Topshop website and since I was ordering some jewellery anyway I decided to bite the bullet and order them too.
The shoe has a soft, thin sole but this does not affect the over all comfort of the shoe in fact it perhaps makes them even more comfortable as they are flexible and mould to the shape of your foot. The shoe itself is slightly patent, leather-type material which again is very soft and flexible. Around the top of the shoe there is a darker rim which prevents the shoe looking dull and tightens the shoes position on the foot. There is also a small bow on the front - I find that mine keeps coming undone which is annoying but can easily be done up again.
I have had the shoes for about a month now and the only bad point about them is that scuffs show up very easily on the front of the shoe and the leather wears away if you scuff them. So far the sole has managed to hold up and not come away at the front like most ballet pumps do.
These shoes are available in sizes 3-9 from Topshop.co.uk and instore for a price of £20. I think £20 is a little bit on the expensive side for a simple, thin shoe but so far these shoes have been good quality for money and they are very versatile and go well with all of my outfits that I bought for the office.
Almost every girl I know owns a pair of pumps. They're simple, pretty and quick to put on. They go with almost everything and I can honestly say I love them. I had been looking for a pair of simple black pumps for a while as the ones I had before had broken.
I don't normally shop in Top Shop as it's a bit too expensive for me but when I saw these LEATHER pumps online I thought 'what the hell?' I'll give them a go because surely if they're leather they won't break so easily and therefore must be worth the £20. However, they don't actually look much like leather and if it hadn't have said I would have assumed they were made out of the same stuff as the cheaper pumps.
Having said that though, they are very comfortable and don't rub against my feet when I walk so i can avoid any nasty blisters. A bit of a problem though is that they feel slightly too small. I ordered a 5 (38) as that is normally my shoe size when it comes to trainers but I normally order a 4 when it comes to ballet pumps, so as to be sure they won't slip too much, making it impossible to walk without being worried that they're falling off. However, I'm glad I went for a 5 as the pumps feel a bit narrow and if I'd gone for a 4 they would have been too small.
The shoe is simple and cute. They're black (I would have preferred more colour options) with a string bow at the front and a black trim around the edge. Even though I love a good jazzy shoe, I also need a few simple ones to go with everyday clothes and to look smart but can double-up as a casual shoe. And this shoe fits the bill perfectly. I wear them to work but they're also perfect for more casual occasions and they don't distract away from the clothes you're wearing but instead compliments them. The sole is little thicker than most other cheaper pumps but I still feel the occasional stone when walking on the pavement. However, this is probably to be expected when wearing pumps and I'm sure this shoe does a better job than most other pumps.
The only major downside is the price. I've bought pumps for about £8 that are of equal quality and look much the same. I probably wouldn't buy these again unless the price was about £10 cheaper. Overall, not a bad shoe.
Despite my collection of high heels I do have a decent range of flat shoes as sometimes they are far easier and much more comfortable to wear than a pair of heels. I buy from a range of brands although I do have my favourites one brand I do like is Topshop. Not all my shoe purchases have been positive from Topshop but I do find overall that they make great shoes and some of my pairs have lasted for quite a few years.
A few months ago I was wanting to replace my rather used and battered pair of black ballet pumps which were actually a Topshop pair which I bought about two years ago. So I naturally went back to Topshop to see if I could replace them and fortunately I was able to at just £25! The pair I bought are called Molton Leather Ballet Pumps and are of course black. I found £25.00 very reasonable for a pair of leather shoes so picked up my size and bought them!
The shoes are the ballet pump style so feature a lovely found toe with a thin thread at the front which can be tied in a bow. They are black in colour and the upper part of the shoe is made of leather and is bound with black material to finish the shoe off. The inside of the shoe has a pale beige lining which really contrasts nicely against the black leather.
The sole of the shoe is made from quite a durable material, harder than rubber which is nice but I find that the heel will wear down quite quickly. The shoes are completely flat so if you do need a bit of support for the arch of your foot then these won't really be suitable as they are not the most supportive pair of shoes available.
I've had my pair for a few months now and have been worn regularly. I find that size wise I am really a 5 ½ but opt for a 6 in Topshop as I find that they give me a little more room than a 5. I tried them on in store and was perfectly happy with the fit but I did expect them to give a little being made of leather so knew they would stretch somewhat. The one thing I find with them that despite being made of leather they don't look like decent leather in fact the slight shine to the shoes make them look just a little cheap compared to more expensive leather shoes I own.
The first time wearing them was perfectly pain free and they were perfectly comfortable. They have no padding in the footbed of the shoes so your feet do feel quite flat against the floor which sounds odd but you have no support whatsoever in the shoes but for me I find them ok for wearing for a few hours but I think if you wore them for quite a long time your feet may start to ache.
Few months down the line the shoes are still going perfectly strong as I expected and the leather has stretched a little which was expected but it has made the shoes gape just a little at the sides of my feet which loosened up the shoes around my feet so they didn't feel as secure as they did when I first bought them which has meant that sometimes they can slip off my feet which is quite frustrating especially when going up and down stairs.
The leather isn't the best quality but then for £25.00 I wouldn't expect it to be it is just a shame that they have stretched just a little too much. However, they have remained comfortable and haven't rubbed my feet whatsoever which is a plus point. They are a useful pair of black ballet pumps but can't help feel a little disappointed that they have started gaping.
I really like these ballet pumps and for £25.00 I really can't moan too much about them as they have served a purpose I just would have liked the leather to have been a bit more rigid so that they didn't gape but they are incredibly comfortable so can't moan too much. However, for that reason I can only give them 4 stars.
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I love the ballet pumps that Topshop sell, and I have many pairs from there, from the plain to the studded to the patterned. None of the ballet pumps that I have from Topshop are leather, Topshop normally just seem to sell their ballet pumps in the polyurethane material that is designed to look like leather. So when I spotted these 'Molton' leather ballet pumps on the Topshop website recently at the bargain price of just £25 I snapped up a pair.
I do find that the ballet pumps in Topshop 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 Topshop ballet pumps, including these Molton 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. I had initially thought that with these Molton ballet pumps being leather then I may be able to buy my regular size 5, however they are just as small fitting as the polyurethane ballet pumps. Having said that though the size 6 doesn't look odd and they are very comfortable to wear. I have to say that these were very comfortable from the very first time that I put them on, the leather of these ballet pumps is very supple and super soft, and it moulds to your feet instantly.
These are only available in black, I would have actually preferred a nude pink colour so that they looked like proper ballerinas ballet pumps, maybe Topshop will eventually sell other colours as well. So as I mentioned these are just £25, which I think is really good value for a pair of leather ballet shoes, especially as a lot of the polyurethane ones cost that much as well. I have to admit though that these don't actually look like leather, which is slightly disappointing, in fact I'd go so far as to say that they actually look quite cheap. I bought these online and so I hadn't actually seen them in the flesh before I went ahead and bought them, I probably wouldn't have bought them if I'd seen them first. I decided to keep them though to see how well they would wear and how well they would last.
These little shoes look exactly like a little ballerinas ballet pumps complete with the little tie bow detail on the front and the trim around the pumps. The main leather of the pumps is a matt black colour. The sole on these is slightly more substantial than a lot of the ballet pumps that Topshop sell, but it's still fairly thin and flat. However the ballet pumps themselves are very 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.
I do like the fact that these are leather, they are very comfortable, and the styling is cute. However I don't think that I'd actually buy another pair, I have three issues with these really. The first one is although they are actually leather, they don't look like they are leather, they look a bit cheap. The second one is that the tie bow detail on the front of the shoes doesn't stay fastened, it is always coming undone and then the material drags along the floor and gets dirty or even wet depending on the weather conditions. And the third one is that although the sole on these is slightly thicker than some of my other Topshop ballet pumps it's still just a plastic sole, I'm very heavy footed and so I find that I always wear the soles down very quickly on ballet shoes from Topshop and I'm doing the same with these ones too, I had though that the sole would be more durable seeing as how it is a bit thicker and that the ballet pumps themselves are leather, but it's obviously not. Another negative about the sole is that because it is just a thin plastic sole you can feel some stones and cobbles through it.
Overall I'd have to say that I've been disappointed with these Topshop Molton ballet pumps.