Ok, I know they're clarks but help me choose...

(68 Posts)
MrsWolowitz Sun 28-Apr-13 12:32:00

I love Clarks as I'm unfashionable always seeking the comfiest shoes possible as I do a lot of walking.

Which are better for my summer shoe?




I'm 29 and tall and slim-ish and usually wear skinny jeans or jeans rolled up or if it gets really warm ill break out my pasty legs and wear a summery dress.

So MN jury, which are A) the most stylish and B) will be the most comfortable?

MrsWolowitz Sun 28-Apr-13 12:32:52

I should also add that I only tend to buy one pair of summer shoe for the year and then a pair of flip flops for the beach so I will be wearing them loads.

LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 12:34:01

God. Not 2

LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 12:34:37

You're 29 FFS.

Come on op. we want some style. Not menopause chic

SmileItsSunny Sun 28-Apr-13 12:35:56

I like the second pair, but then I don't frequent the style and beauty boards much! smile

NeedsTherapy Sun 28-Apr-13 12:37:07

The 1st are quite nice. The 2nd are not

MrsWolowitz Sun 28-Apr-13 12:37:36

I'm on a budget. About £30 is my max and they must be comfy.

I can't keep ballet pumps on my feet unless they are Clarks.

Any suggestions?

<wrings hands>

Fairylea Sun 28-Apr-13 12:39:56

Neither. How about a pair of Tom's ? So so comfy and cool for summer. And won't make you look 70. smile

MrsHoolie Sun 28-Apr-13 12:39:59

I like the first pair the best.

LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 12:40:39

Why do you need "ballet " shoes?
I got some tassled loafers from stinky next. Their comfy saddo range. Are good.

MrsWolowitz Sun 28-Apr-13 12:42:25

I don't need ballet shoes.

I don't like those tasseled jobbies. Wish I did as they look super comfy.

LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 12:45:18

Ok. Look at other brands. Please! Not that all clarks is crap at all. Just not those

MrsWolowitz Sun 28-Apr-13 12:47:30

The thing is I fancy some of those FitFlop pumps but can't afford them.

Likewise most good quality comfy shoes are out of my budget. Pah.

Any suggestions for good quality cheap brands? Pretty please?

noddyholder Sun 28-Apr-13 12:55:34

Marks have some nice moccasins not too expensive

MrsWolowitz Sun 28-Apr-13 12:58:38

Thank. Will take a looksie.

http://www.clarks.co.uk/p/20349198 ?

I have seen both of your links in the flesh and they are not tempting at all.

iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Sun 28-Apr-13 13:00:31

I like choice A the best but I don't mind choice B either. I have tried both and they are lovely and comfy.

I have very wide feet and Clarks are invariably the best place for me to buy shoes sad.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Sun 28-Apr-13 13:01:43

There are a couple of good Hush Puppies. Chaste Skimmer or Janessa are worth a look. I personally think that the Clarks Idyllics wouldn't look too bad on a younger woman like the OP - but the first ones are very ropy.

pickledginger Sun 28-Apr-13 13:04:07

Bad Fairylea. Your suggestion just cost me £40 grin. They're lovely.

Areyoumadorisitme Sun 28-Apr-13 13:06:27

What socks/tights do people wear with shoes like that? Pop socks?

I have no idea what to wear with stuff like that, or does it have to be bare feet, in which case how to stop rubbing and sweaty feet?

Fairylea Sun 28-Apr-13 13:14:56

Pickle smile

I love my Tom's so much... I always get a pair every summer. They are so comfy and more substantial than they look (copies of them are horrible). They're the only shoes I can wear bare foot!

And .... for every pair sold a child in a poor country gets a pair too. Win win smile

TheRealFellatio Sun 28-Apr-13 13:14:58

It's a tough call but pair two are marginally less awful than pair one.

I hope you are lying about being 29. shock

TheRealFellatio Sun 28-Apr-13 13:18:10

The pair that Moaning linked to are the best of a bad job, but really you need to have a word with yourself about all of them. grin

I am 47 FFS, and you'd have to drag me out of the house kicking a screaming in any of those.

TheRealFellatio Sun 28-Apr-13 13:18:35

bad lot, not bad job

I always find the Clarks ballet flat very comfortable and they look cute.


LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 13:20:09

NO TO MOANINGS shoes too

LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 13:21:18

I cant stand Toms
Look like a Spandau Ballet casual circa 1984

miche8 Sun 28-Apr-13 13:21:34

I have the second pair in pink and a pair in black from a couple of years ago, they are very comfy I do have my eye on the colour you linked to, they are very cushioned and have worn really well, they didn't rub me either. I have problems with my feet and ankles and don't have much of a choice when choosing shoes.

I'm also considering a tan pair of loafer type shoes from fat face, quickly tried them on and they were very soft.

MrsWolowitz Sun 28-Apr-13 13:23:53

What are Toms sizing like?

I'm skinny footed and a 5.5 or a 6 depending on the shoe.

I like pretty much every pair on the website! Are they super comfy?

<eyes über sensitive feet angrily>

LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 13:24:48

i had some like this last year for tramping around

LOVED till I wore in the rain

Fairylea Sun 28-Apr-13 13:26:25

I find them (toms) quite true to size, if a little on the wide side. I have quite wide size 6 feet and I find a 6 fine.

I wore dhs size 7 ones during pregnancy as my feet got very swollen and they were fab! smile (dh cant wear his anymore as I stretched them out of shape... aww shame).

LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 13:26:45

ok if you like a footglove kind of vibe

what about these www.next.co.uk/women/shoes/sole-survivor/1

LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 13:27:52

ergh - you cant have the same size feet as your H - that is unnatural

noddyholder Sun 28-Apr-13 13:27:59

these? comfy but with a bit of metallic glitz so could wear with skinnies and shorts

dexter73 Sun 28-Apr-13 13:28:09

LadyM - those moccasins are v.granny chic!

LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 13:28:36

over budget

Fairylea Sun 28-Apr-13 13:29:27

Ladym well it's normal for us (well he is a size bigger)! We actually have the same size wedding rings too.... !

Cantharellus Sun 28-Apr-13 13:31:05

Those next ones are nice. Very cute. I am in shock!

Please lady, you are under 30. please don't buy those clarks shoes. Either of them. I walk everywhere, but you don't need to look like a pensioner. My MUM has those shoes. She is 76!

LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 13:32:21
LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 13:32:38

i bloody love moccassins
wore loads last year when it was so bloody cold

Yonihadtoask Sun 28-Apr-13 13:34:49

I like both. My Dsis bought the second pair last year - they have scuffed abit.

They are a very narrow fit too. I tried them on - but I have slightly wider feet.

I think the first pair would be more supportive underfoot for walking.

MisForMumNotMaid Sun 28-Apr-13 13:35:47

comfy hush puppies 19.99

I've just ordered these as my slip on school run shoes. I find hushpuppies very comfy and good quality but normally expensive.

LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 13:36:03

number ONE is slightly more bearable in tan

BalloonSlayer Sun 28-Apr-13 13:37:37

OMG those Toms shoes are reeee-volting!

I'd rather wear my slippers.

OP I actually LOL-ed clicking your link. The picture hadn't come up so to pass the time I read the blurb "Women's shoes that re-work an iconic slip-on pump style for a contemporary crafted look. The season's vivid magenta leather is enhanced with a feminine laser cut design"

I thought WOW those sound great. Then a picture of a pair of granny shoes came up! grin

I mean - magenta is hot dark pink isn't it? Not Queen Mother Dusky Rose. And they claim it is "vivid" confused

noddyholder Sun 28-Apr-13 13:39:36

The ones in the opening post are not nice at all. What would they go with?

pickledginger Sun 28-Apr-13 13:40:24

My comfortable and well aired feet shall scoff at your scorn grin

cocolepew Sun 28-Apr-13 13:46:04

Are Toms not really flat?

Fairylea Sun 28-Apr-13 13:47:51

Toms have a padded insole so they feel bouncy inside.

valiumredhead Sun 28-Apr-13 13:48:37

I have the first link ones - they are probably the most uncomfortable shoes I own. I have been wearing them around the house for weeks now and they are still not soft or comfy!

nenevomito Sun 28-Apr-13 13:51:14

I was going to say the second pair. I've got some Clarks shoes for the same reasons as you. Lots and lots of walking so they need to be comfortable.

cocolepew Sun 28-Apr-13 13:59:18

Oh I didn't realise that about Toms.

There was nice a tan loafer type things linked on another thread from M&S

cocolepew Sun 28-Apr-13 14:00:26

What about the new Sketchers advertised on tv atm. Go walk or something.

Sorry but I think that every single pair linked on here is beyond hideous. And I googled those Sketchers things last night after somebody mentioned them on another thread - they look like toddler shoes and a re truly, truly revolting. And Toms are frightful.

All of the above is why I am still wearing boots. Am desperate for some nice spring time shoes to wear with skinnies when walking around a lot, but such a thing does not exist.

issimma Sun 28-Apr-13 14:35:47

No to all of the above.
How about birkies, op? Flat, comfy, about £30 and much less granny-chic.

Ashoething Sun 28-Apr-13 14:46:40

I know that people are ripping the piss on this thread but seriously op-if you ARE 29 then you cannot wear those bloody horrible shoes! Most self respecting grannies would run screaming from them!

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Sun 28-Apr-13 14:50:13

OP I have the 2nd pair and they are the most comfortable shoes ever. I don't care that others are slating them I only do practical not style they are fab for walking in, especially in the summer. They are actually my 3rd pair, I like them so much.

MrsWolowitz Sun 28-Apr-13 14:51:30

Well I am 29 and generally consider myself to be pretty well dressed and not totally clueless but clearly when it comes to shoes I'm totally dense!


LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 14:51:43

aw! grin

MrsWolowitz Sun 28-Apr-13 14:52:28


I've ordered the 2nd pair.


noddyholder Sun 28-Apr-13 14:53:10

They look like a shell nooooo!

LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 14:54:32


bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Sun 28-Apr-13 14:54:58

MrsW you won't regret it smile

Nehru Sun 28-Apr-13 14:57:36

you WILL

BalloonSlayer Sun 28-Apr-13 15:01:01

The last time I saw anything like those Toms, they were being sported by George Michael and he was singing "Club Tropicana."

Cherrypi Sun 28-Apr-13 16:21:32

Love the periodic table toms. smile

polyhymnia Sun 28-Apr-13 16:30:27

I'm all for comfort - and do have a pair of Fitfflop ballerinas - but I really don't like either of those original ones at all. (To be fair, I'm not a Clarks fan in general, so perhaps a bit prejudiced).

Have to admit I was amazed at a 29-year-old contemplating them. But perhaps that just shows how out of touch I am with the younger generation. You obviously like them which is all that matters.

gruffalocake Sun 28-Apr-13 16:52:34

Nooooo Polyhymnia you are not out of touch! I am 29 and would never go near these or let my mum (60s)! I walk miles with a pram everyday there is no need to sacrifice style for comfort to such an extreme

Try Topshop for comfy leather shoes or Zara or Asos or Kg/dune etc at debenhams. Loafers are still ok and very practical. Moccasins or boat shoes from one of these brands would be more age appropriate. Pointed toe flats are more the thing for this spring summer..... There are lots of options.

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