“ Brand: Topshop / Type: Pumps „
I bought these gorgeous ballet pumps from Topshop a few months ago. I think they cost me £16, I'm not sure exactly if this was how much they cost me but I know it was definitely in the range of around £15 - £20. I think this is pretty reasonable considering how beautiful I think they make my feet look.
I loved the shoes as soon as I saw them. I first saw them as I was trying on some clothes in the changing rooms. The sales assistant collecting the clothes from people as they left the fitting rooms was wearing them. I noticed them straight away which is quite unusual really as the first thing I tend to notice about people is not normally their shoes. But maybe it was because the rest of her outfit was all black, and they constrasted with the other clothes she was wearing. But anyway they just really stood out to me and caught my eye. I knew they would be from the store, as I always notice that the clothes the sales assistants wear in TopShop are all from TopShop. Which is a really good idea from Topshop's point of view considering how I noticed these shoes! So I went over to where the shoes are and tried them on in my size.
I walked up and down a bit to see how comfortable they were and how well they fitted. The shoes aren't really that comfortable to be fair, I think they're built more for style than comfort. I normally buy boots, trainers and some shoes in a size 7, but for pumps like these I get a 6. I got these in a 6 because I didn't think they would stay on in a seven, just because they aren't really made of a supportive material. They aren't that uncomfy though really, as they are absolutely flat they are very easy to walk in and feel natural. But they have to lose one star as they aren't supportive and could be comfier.
Overall I think these were priced very reasonably, look very nice and I really love them. The only negative thing is the comfort and quality thing I just mentioned. But I would still recommend them.
For Christmas I received some Topshop vouchers from my cousin and her partner which I was very grateful for. However, I do find Topshop a bit hit and miss at times, I can sometimes find what I am looking for a pick up a few lovely garments and at other times I can look around and find absolutely nothing. However, in Newcastle just before we went on holiday I find that the Topshop store is larger with a lot more choice. Being typically me I was drawn to the shoe department! I have quite a few pairs of Topshop shoes most of which are flat, I find them incredibly comfortable and they last well.
In the end my purchase was a cute pair of flat shoes called Versus and were a bargain at £20.00. The pumps feature several large clear plastic jewels stitched into the front of the pump. The plastic jewels are a variety of shapes and sizes but they cover most of the front of the shoe. There are just enough of these jewels to give the pump a bit of bling and detail but without looking over the top. The are sewn on with a clear thread so you can't really see how they are held onto the shoe which is good as you don't want to see the thread.
The colour of the shoes is classed as salmon but that is the posh name for pink! They are a pale pink almost peach in colour which for me makes a change from my regular black shoes that I wear. The only thing is with having pale coloured shoes is that they do show up any little marks or scuffs easier than darker coloured shoes. The inside of the shoes is a pale cream colour which contrasts nicely with the salmon shade.
The shoes are made from polyurethane (100%) and have quite a plastic feel to them but they are very flexible and supple. I only really bought them for taking on holiday with me as no doubt I'd want to change out of my usual flip flops. All I wanted was a pair of shoes which would wear well and would look pretty. Even though shoes made out of polyurethane don't really stretch like a leather shoe would they do give you a bit of room once they are worn in but I have found that these shoes and a lot of shoes I've had made out of that material is that they can lose their shape easily making them gape around the sides.
For me these shoes certainly did the job on holiday as I didn't want to be in flip flops all the time especially as we did a few trips where some walking was required. As I said above the shoes don't wear in like leather shoes but they do give a bit but I did find they rubbed my heels a bit and I did have to resort to heel protectors which fortunately I take everywhere with me. I found that even having worn them a few times before coming away and wearing them on holiday that they didn't stop rubbing my heels which was a shame and a bit painful! I really like the colour of the shoes as it isn't too bright but it adds a bit of colour to most outfits without being too over the top. There are enough jewels to give a bit of detail but there are not too many for the shoes to look over-balanced and over the top. The shoes are quite petite so too many plastic jewels sewn on would make them look a bit silly.
Overall, the shoes did a job and I do still have them in my wardrobe. They will be worn again but I will make sure I am either wearing tights or heel protectors as they just haven't stopped rubbing me. They fortunately haven't rubbed anywhere else. The other gripe I have is that they have lost a bit of their shape around the sides and are now wider around the sides of your feet. I don't abuse my shoes and they have only had light and minimal wear but even with this they have gaped and consequently are now a bit looser around my foot so for those with narrow feet they might just fall off. Not something I'd expect from shoes from Topshop but they do need to be a bit sturdier and rigid but still supple enough to be comfortable.
Versus are available both online and in store at Topshop and cost £20.00. This is a fitting price for shoes that have the above issues. A shame really as Topshop shoes are normally so reliable.