Today is a very different post from usual… It’s a fashion post! One I haven’t done for quite a while, sorry about that.
Recently I decided that I would like some new flat shoes, not your standard ballet pumps but something different, with a bit more of an edge and more tomboyish than your usual flat shoes, but something similar to brothel creepers (which I live in when I’m not wearing my ballet flats).
I had a look on Dr Martens website as whilst my favourite style of boot is of course their 1460, I have started to grow more towards their 1461 shoe too but at their £80.00 price tag, I knew I wouldn’t be buying any for quite some time. I wouldn’t necessarily go for the patent pair, as they just look a little too shiny, but I have linked this pair for a reason (as you shall see soon). These of course come in normal leather, different colours, different designs, etc. I’ve seen in the flesh myself how Dr Martens are made and although pricey, for £80.00 you are getting a well made pair of shoes that will last you a very long time! However you don’t wish to pay £80.00 for a pair of these then go to eBay! I bought my patent 1460 boots off eBay for less than £30! Yes they are second hand, but they were already worn in for me and are amazing. I’ve worn them loads since buying them so they were worth every penny for sure.
Recently someone I follow on Instagram bought these shoes and took a picture of them on her account and I instantly fell in love. Literally searched high and low for where she bought these from and eventually found out they were from Topshop, which I should have known really considering she works there. As you can see they look very similar to Dr Martens 1461 shoes, but the sole of the shoe looks a lot thicker, which I really like! Shoes have gone back to the 90’s the past could of years and instead of having a normal sole, they’d adapted to the double sole and larger! These shoes come in five different variations. You have white leather, blue box leather, black leather, black box leather (which is what the ones above are) and finally red box leather. So the choices are varied! They’re a little cheap than Dr Martens 1461 shoe at £62.00 and I was close to picking a pair of these up in the near future, as whilst it was still pricey, they seemed reasonable. I’ve bought Topshop shoes before and I love them a lot! I bought my Chelsea boots from Topshop and whilst buying them was a nightmare they were worth it and I look forward to wearing them again in the autumn.
However, there is a dupe pair for both of these shoes that are less than half the price of both of these shoes, can you believe it? Well start to because I introduce to you, my new shoes…
These are from Primark and guess how much they were? You guessed yet? These babies only cost me £14.00. YES! You read correct, £14.00!
Whilst having a mooch around Selfridges with my best friend and my boyfriend we had a look at the Primark section at what they had, as we were too lazy and not brave enough to venture to the actual Primark store. I found these and tried them on and I won’t lie, they were a little tight when I tried them on but this was due to the laces not being adjusted to my feet yet, plus the fact they’re new shoes. I took them to the till and couldn’t wait to get them home to try them on once again!
Now it’s been a week since buying these and I’m only just starting to wear them in so I can’t really comment much on the shoe itself, but I can say a few things about them.
First thing, they are gorgeous to look at and whilst they will take some breaking in and more than likely blister my ankles, I think these will be lovely once that process is over and done with. I’ll make sure to wear thick socks and plenty of plasters!
These aren’t a plain style like the Dr Martens 1461 shoes and the shoes from Topshop, they have a brogue style on them, which I really like as it just looks that little bit more tomboyish, which is always a look I go for for when autumn and winter are upon us!
Of course being £14.00 shoes, these aren’t real leather which doesn’t really bother me and as you can see, they are patent which is nice. It’s a lot easier to clean than leather/pleather too.
The grip on the bottoms of these are crap, I won’t lie. But I didn’t expect the grip to be amazing so I’m hardly surprised, thus it doesn’t really bother me, but for those who may think the grip on these will be amazing, you’ll be disappointed! I’m sure with some wear these will get a natural grip.
I know exactly what I’ll be wearing with these shoes, plenty of black, grey, navy and wine coloured pieces! Black skinny fits with some patterned socks will look amazing, alongside with a shirt for a smart look, or a baggy jumper for a laid back look. I’d also team these up with tights and a pretty dress… Black of course! These would also look amazing with a jumper dress for a slouchy and laid back look. I actually can’t wait to do a look with these on my blog in the future.
Overall I love my new shoes and I hope they’ll last me a while for £14.00! If they happen to be worn a lot and sadly decide to fall apart on me, I could see me purchasing the Topshop or the Dr Martens pair. I have wanted a pair of shoes like this for a long time and I’ve finally picked them up!
So, would you splurge out on a pair of these shoes, or save some pennies and go for the cheaper and more cheerful option?
Let me know in the comments!
I’ve really enjoyed writing this post today, I hope to have some looks featured on my blog in the future with these shoes.
Until next time, take care all and have a good weekend.