“ Brand: Topshop / Type: Pumps „
I have a pair of Topshop Vicious Black Studded Ballerina Pumps which I bought direct from the Topshop website (www.Topshop.co.uk) - although I have also seen them in the high street store. I wanted some shoes that were simple and fairly plain and that would go with anything, particularly suitable for summer wear. When I'm not wearing boots then I like to wear pumps or trainers - and so these particularly fit the bill. I bought them for £25.00 which I thought was a fairly good price and a price that I was happy to pay. The pumps are black and are covered in small metal studs that are randomly scattered over the shoe. The shoes are man-made (polyurethane), although they look like leather and they don't have a plasticky appearance. The have no heel as they are completely flat, and they have rounded tips which give the shoes the ballerina appearance. Because they are black with silver studs then they go with practically anything. Initially when I wore the shoes they were a little bit stiff and they rubbed against my ankles. However, once I had worn them in, the material became very soft and they stretched to fit my feet so that they were really very comfortable indeed. However, the soles of the shoes are quite thin and because of this they have the feel more of slippers than of proper shoes. That's not to say that they cannot be worn as shoes, but I would only wear them if I was strolling around and they are not really very suitable for any significant amount of walking. The pumps haven't worn quite as well as I would have liked. The back part of the shoe has lost its rigidity almost completely - and therefore they do tend to slip down under my heel. There are scuff marks on the front of the shoe and so it has lost its blackness. However, the sole has remained intact and the sole has not worn through at all. The studs have also remained intact and none have fallen off although I think they are just glued on and so if the shoes were to get very wet then I'm not sure that the studs would remain in place! Overall, these shoes are comfortable for casual wear and I do like the style of them. However, they are not that sturdy and the material is a little flimsy and "cheap". There are a lot of pumps like this out there on the market and it might be worth hunting some down which are, at the very least, leather.
THE DESIGN These are flat ballet shoes with a basic studded design. They are black and have a more rigid shape than other ballet style shoes. The studs are placed in uniform lines so look neat but this lessens the impact of the edgy embellishments. COMFORT These are comfortable shoes but feel a lot heavier on my feet compared to my other ballet shoes. This isn't just because of the studs but the shoes are made of a thicker than usual material. I like walking in them because they give my feet support and the sole has a bit more of a natural curve than the very flat bottoms of most of my other ballet shoes. When I first bought them they caused quite bad blisters on the backs of my feet but they softened after a few wears. DURABILITY These shoes are not durable at all. I wore them less than twenty times and then the sole came away from the shoe at the toe area. My husband tried to glue it back together but this didn't work because the glue wouldn't adhere properly. Before this happened a few studs had fallen off and that made the shoes look old and untidy so I only used to wear them in the garden. WHAT I THINK I do not think these are a good buy even though they look very good in the shop. They cost £25 and that is expensive for this style of shoe. They feel very comfortable on but they lasted for only eight weeks of occasional wear so I can't recommend you buy them, I was surprised when the first studs fell out because they felt like they were securely attached when I tested them in the shop. I also thought they weren't a versatile enough pair of shoes to justify the price. I have some Iron Fist studded stilettos and they go with lots of different outfits but the stud design on ballet shoes doesn't work well, I had only two pairs of jeans that I thought complimented the shoes and I hate having to build my outfit around my footwear. I wrote to Top Shop about the short life of these shoes and they apologised but did not suggest I return them. These are very poor quality shoes and a costlier mistake than usual because of them being so much more expensive than other ballet style shoes. I have been withdrawing from Top Shop for some time now and I think these are going to be the final straw. 1 Dooyoo Star.
I know Topshop have a reputation for throw away fashion, well at least they used to however they have in recent times attempted to improve the quality of their clothes, well in the case of these shoes I have been rather disappointed with the build quality and while they are a nice design they have not lasted as long as I would expect them to having paid £24.99 for them. Now that is not a lot for a pair of shoes but it is for this style I'm still disappointed with these flat ballet style shoes. I own the black colour, I was tempted by the pink pair as they looked quite funky but I was worried that they would get scruffy quite quick and show the dirt. They are made from polyurethane and when I first tried them on they were really soft and comfortable, I have quite small and narrow feet and I was very pleased at how well they fit, if you have wide feet then you may struggle with these. On the front of the shoe there is a black bow and they are adorned all around with silver studs. These shoes are not designed for the rough outdoors obviously but for walking around a shopping centre they are fine, they do not provide any support and the sole is not padded so you do notice it is you wear them all day, something I tend to avoid as I wore them mainly for shorter periods of time like an afternoon shop or a trip down to the pub. They go well with casual clothing and especially jeans. The main issues I have is with the build quality, after a relatively short time two of the studs had fallen off and once this starts to happen the shoes begin to look a bit shabby, also one of the bows started to work a bit loose and the sole of the shoe started to wear quite quickly as well. The looks of these pumps certainly deteriorated quite quickly and so if you do buy these you have to be selective with when you wear them if you want them to last and retain their looks. For this reason I do not recommend these given the price that they cost. It is a shame because they look nice but they are not made to last.
I love the little ballet pumps that Topshop sell, and so when I spotted these little Vicious Studded ballet pumps in Topshop a few months ago I snapped them up. Like the regular ballet pumps in Topshop, I also found that these studded ballet pumps come up 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 had to buy these studded ballet pumps in a size 6. I think that the problem is that they are quite narrow, which is why I needed to go up to a size 6 as I have little fat feet! These are exactly the same design as the regular little ballet pumps that I buy from Topshop, but with the addition of silver studs all over the pumps. They come in a range of colours, I saw black, pink, white, and nude. I bought the black first of all, and then because I loved them so much I went back and also got the nude colour as well a few weeks later. They are £25.00 per pair, regardless of which colour you buy. They are quite expensive considering that they are not actually leather, they are a polyurethane material, however they are very soft and supple, and they do actually look like leather pumps. These are gorgeous little shoes and they look exactly like a ballerinas ballet pumps complete with the little tie bow detail on the front, but then they have the addition of the funky rock chick silver studs. The studs lift the little pumps from being girly and cute, to giving them a much more modern and edgy look. I think that my black ones look a bit more rock chick than my nude ones, I think that my nude ones still look slightly on the girly side due to them being the exact same colour as a ballerinas ballet pumps. I also think that my nude ones are more of a summery colour, whereas my black ones will be perfect for 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. My only gripe with these is that the soles are just a very thin plastic sole, I'm very heavy footed and so I find that I wear the soles down very quickly on the regular ballet shoes from Topshop and it looks like I'll probably do the same with these too. Another negative about the sole is that because it is so thin you can feel some stones and cobbles through the sole. I'm so pleased with these, hence why I went back and got another colour, I absolutely love the styling, and they are supremely comfortable (providing you aren't walking over uneven ground). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these, and I'm even considering getting another myself another back and nude pair for when these two pairs wear out!
As I can no longer suffer any kind of shoes or sandals with even the slightest hint of a high heel, I tend to buy and live in flats, hence I own many pairs of peep toe flats, sandals and ballerinas. I purchased the Topshop Vicious Black Studded Ballerina Pumps a couple of months ago for £25, which I thought was a bit extortionate considering that they are man-made and not leather. However, I did not mind paying a bit extra for the simple fact that these were studded and therefore quite different from the rest, which usually retail at around £16 to £18 but are mostly quite plain looking. The Vicious studded ballerina pumps come in other colours too (white, nude or pink), but I chose the black ones as I feel that black goes with absolutely anything. I am usually a size 6, but when I tried these in the shop they felt very tight, and considering they were not leather and so wouldn't really give, I opted for a size bigger (7 or 40 in their sizing). These felt perfect on my feet and so I purchased them. I would recommend that if you wish to purchase these online, you get a size bigger; even better, go and try them on in store. These ballet pumps are 100% polyurethane and are extremely soft and comfortable, they mould around your feet and do not rub, which is a bonus for me as I have blister prone feet! The design of these ballet pumps is very pretty, with the silver studs covering the entire pump and a pretty material bow, matching the edging of the pump. They look like a classis ballet pump with a modern twist. As mentioned earlier, these pumps are very comfortable to wear as they do not rub and give you blisters, however the rubber soles are very thin. This means that you can feel any bumps and lumps you walk over, making it rather unpleasant at times. Also when walking for long periods of times, my feet even though not actually sore end up feeling rather tired! My opinion is that these pumps are also quite flimsy. After about two weeks of daily wear, the rubber soles had actually worn away quite a bit round the heel areas, one of the studs on the back of the right pump had dropped off and there was quite a bit of scuffing to both front and back of the pumps. The scuffing around the back of the pumps could be put down to driving, as I get that with most of the footwear I use when driving. The scuffing around the front is however in my opinion a design flaw, as the sole does not cover the whole length of the pump, so you are left with a bit of material at the front which is not in fact protected. Overall, I thing that these pumps are very pretty but not robust enough, will probably last a couple of months only before completely falling apart if used outdoors on a regular basis. I feel that because of this they have been slightly overpriced at £25 and I would not repurchase again unless Topshop reduced the price to under £20. I feel that the quality of these pumps is lacking, but because they are so pretty I have awarded them 3 out of 5 doyoo stars. I would recommend these pumps to those who are not going to walk about in them a lot or are prepared to spend £25 on a pair of pumps that will last a couple of months only.
Studs came into fashion at the beginning of 2012 and a majority of people, me included went a little crazy and jumped straight on to the studded bandwagon. My first purchase was a leather jacket with studded shoulders from Topshop, and as I loved it so much I decided to check out the rest of the clothing in their studded range. I was going to get the studded slippers that everyone went bezerk for but as they were sold out, I got these ballet pumps instead as they are almost identical and look amazing!! These are £25.00 which 'I personally think is a bargain when compared to the price of some Topshop's other shoes and I was quite happy to pay this price because the shoes look/feel good quality & are stunning and I knew that I'd get loads of wear out of them as they're really versatile. The ballet pumps are available via Topshop's website or in store. These are basically black ballet pumps which are flat. They have very thin rubber soles and expose the top of the foot, meaning they can be slipped on easily. The leather-like material is covered in numerous large silver studs which makes them stand out a mile and these are much more unique than a majority of ballet pumps available as 99% of ballet bumps are plain. The shoes also have an adorable little string bow on the toe area, which adds a touch of girliness. Alhough these are flat with quite a thin sole, they feel sturdy when I'm wearing them and they are very comfortable and easy to walk in. I am not able to feel the hardness of the pavement on the soles of my feet which I was pleasantly suprised by as the soles are so thin. but the good quality insoles help I think. I have quite wide feet and these fit fine, they don't feel tight or at all uncomfortable. I got my usual size five and they fit perfectly. The shoes look great and I especialy love the studs on the toe area of the shoe. These are versatile and look great with anything; maxi skirts, shorts, leggings, jeans.. literally anything, they're incredibly versatile. These are not suitable to be washed and I just wipe mine with a wet wipe if they get muddy. They do not get dirty easily and I've had no issue with them getting stained or anything. I've had my pair for around four months and they're in great condition. I've found that synthetic material when used on shoes sometimes creases but these haven't and they're made of polyurethane. Overall, I love these. Comfy, versatile and brilliant value for money.