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I'd always liked Etnies trainers as they were chunky and looked really durable plus 'skater' shoes were cool at the age I bought them. I'd always cave in and buy my usual converse though as they were cheaper and I could never resist them being my favourite shoe. I even had a entirely black pair that I managed to get away with wearing to school, however they started to fall apart and got pretty stinky from being wet all the time so I went on a new search for some black school shoes.
So staying at my Dads in Birmingham over the half term I dragged him and his partner round almost every shoe shop around the Bullring and the rest of the City Centre and eventually found these in Schuh. They weren't entirely black though, the big E in on the sides were lined with a silvery colour but this was never seen as the school trousers I wore were those overly flared kind from Topshop and hid this part of the shoe well. They came with silver laces too which were pretty but would get me noticed at school so I stuck with the black. The shoes cost about £45 and I knew the money would be worth it as many of my friends have Etnies shoes that have lasted a really long time. Also my feet had stopped growing at about 13 which teenagers often need to consider before spending a huge amount on such expensive shoes as it's wasteful if they're going to grow out of them pretty quick.
They did rub a little at the back for a few days while I wore them in but they were amazingly comfortable otherwise! My feet were very snugly and warm in them through the wintery and wet mornings of school and the rain never soaked through like they did with my converse which left me with soggy feet all day. They even protected me from the snow we had a few years ago! They also weren't hot in summer either so I didn't have to buy another pair.
The shoes lasted me about a year and halfs worth of wearing everyday to school, I never really wore them outside of school as I don't really like completely black shoes with most of my clothes. I'm sure they would have lasted longer but the last few times I wore them they were wet and I didn't let them dry properly and threw them under my bed and when I rediscovered them they had grown some mould on the side (this is a problem we had with the house we lived in at the time though). Otherwise I'm sure they would have lasted much longer.
Overall these shoes are well worth the money as they are extremely comfortable and very durable, plus they offer a lot of protection from the elements.
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