“ Brand: Topshop „
My daughter has to wear black shoes for school. Now I would have happily went to Clarkes and bought her some but she insisted that all her friends were getting plimsolls from Topshop this year and that is where she wanted to get hers from. When I saw the plimsolls I wasn't very pleased as they weren't the most practical shoes but as we probably only get about 3 days on average a school term when it isn't raining I agreed to get her them as long as she also got some decent black shoes somewhere else for those times when it was raining. They are just basically black canvas slip on plimsolls with a rubber sole. To give them their due they are fairly decently made but they do look like old fashioned sandshoes that I used to wear to school when I was her age and I couldn't see what was so particularly fashionable about these ones. She informed me that they were extremely comfortable for her to wear to school all day and caused her no pain or rubbing so I do think that this is important is she is going to be wearing them for up to 8 hours at a time. The black colour is also practical and doesn't show up much in the way of dirt which is good as you aren't supposed to machine wash these. A damp cloth did take care of most of the dirt but I did have to put them in the washing machine a couple of times and even though you aren't supposed to they survived with no shrinkage or ill effects. Obviously these were fine for her to wear when we had decent weather but don't expect to wear them when it is raining as they will soak through in seconds and they took absolutely ages to dry out and I can't imagine that they would be comfortable to wear as one day my daughter wore them when it rained and when she got home they were actually squeaking when she walked. These are perfectly fine plimsolls but what I couldn't understand was the price. These were £16 which is considerably more than they would have been for their equivalents in New Look and I can't see what makes them better to justify the price increase. At the end of the day they are just basic canvas plimsolls and although comfortable and well made I do think they are expensive for what they are.
I bought these around three weeks ago now as I spotted them in the Topshop sale reduced from £16.00 to £8.00. Even though these are quite basic and not particularly very exciting I was really pleased with my purchase as £8.00 for a pair of Topshop shoes is an absolute bargain! Although these caught my eye mainly because they were in the sale, that's obviously not the only reason that I bought them - these are really casual shoes and I bought them for the days when I really can't be botthered to make much of an effort. These are slip on shoes - kind of like a cross between plimsoles and flats. I like that they're so quick and easy to slip on and off and they come in particularly handy when I need to stick some shoes on to take the rubbish out or walk the dogs around the block/park. They are marketed as slipper style plimsolls but they remind me a lot of espadrilles and they're very casual. The shoes are available in two colours - navy and black and I have the black as only the black ones were reduced. I would have preferred the navy as in my opinon the black ones aren't as versatile as navy ones would be as they're not quite as casual and I don't think that they look right with a lot of outfits - in fact the only trousers that I wear with these are jeans and leggings and they definitely wouldn't look right with shorts or a dress in my opinion. The material of the shoes is a good quality canvas type material which is made from cotton. The top part has a slight stretch to it as the sides are elasticated. The material does seem to get grubby quite quickly and the soft material makes them really awkward to clean which is a bit of a pain but to be honest I don't make too much of an effort to keep them clean as they are casual shoes and they were cheap. I will wear these if I'm popping to the shop or taking the dogs out but I wouldn't wear them if I was going somewhere central like town as they look a little too casual and 'slipperish' lol. I only wear these if it's dry outside as the canvas material gets soggy quite easily and the shoe leaves the top of my foot exposed. They're ideal summer shoes though. The soles of the shoes are a rubber type of material and they're black. I usually prefer canvas shoes with a white contrast sole but the black sole works well. It is very thick and sturdy with grips so these are very comfortable and easy to walk in. They're a nice change from trainers and flats but they're not the girliest shoes and the design is definitely unisex, so if you are really fashion concious then these will probably not appeal to you. I got these in my usual size five and while they are very comfortable they are a little loose at the back. It does not make them hard to walk in though and it's barely noticeable. Overall, these aren't the most stylish shoes but they're pretty good quality and comfortable. The durable soles are an advantage, but the canvas material attracts dirt very easily and they are awkward to clean. I've had mine for around 3 weeks and the canvas material around the toe area already looks a little worn and faded, but this is because I wear them to take the dogs out to the park etc, rather than wearing them purely for walking on pavement or inside. I wouldn't pay the full price as £16.00 for such plain shoes is a bit of a rip off in my opinion. I give these shoes four out of five stars and I recommend them.