M & S shoes are shit

(32 Posts)
babybarrister Tue 22-Oct-13 21:22:57

bought two pairs on Sunday - one pair wincingly uncomfortable, the other the heel has already broke after 3 hours wear!!!

EdnaGold Tue 22-Oct-13 21:25:14

I love the title of this thread

polyhymnia Tue 22-Oct-13 23:11:57

Yes few times I've ever bought them have very much regretted it. Very uncomfortable or hopelessly frumpy or just don't look quite good quality/stylish enough.

ShreddedHoops Tue 22-Oct-13 23:14:04

No they're not. The £20 stiletto platforms with padded soles are amazing. Quite high but the comfiest things ever, I have them in navy linen and nude patent. And I used to always buy work shoes from there, because they were so comfy and relatively stylish and well priced.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 22-Oct-13 23:14:48

the only pair i have bought got thousands of rave reviews, they are for "going out" and they were nude patent high heels that cost the princely sum of £19.50.

i like them. not looked at any others though...

Bunbaker Tue 22-Oct-13 23:17:32

Why do you buy uncomfortable shoes? Don't you try them on and walk around in them first?

CointreauVersial Tue 22-Oct-13 23:34:46

I love M&S shoes! Excellent prices, and they do lots of styles in wide fit.

Why did you keep an uncomfortable pair? I always wear shoes around the house for a while before I decide to keep them.

Just bought some gorgeous leather ankle boots for work (£39.50); also some pointy kitten heels in grey/black spots that are soooo comfy and cost less than £20. What's not to love?

MillyRules Tue 22-Oct-13 23:35:39

I have always had my M & S shoes for years. My black suede ankle boots I have had for thirteen years. Bought them when they were really fashionable back then and they have come into their own again in the last two years. I also have a pair of gorgeous suede lizard brown ankle boots with zips I bought reduced last year and they have that insolia thing and are amazing. I have two pairs of suede block heel knee high boots I have had for 3 years and they are again really comfy. Lots of others over the years and I tend to chuck them out rather than them wear out. Shame you had a bad experience.

TheCraicDealer Wed 23-Oct-13 10:40:53

Another one here who loves their shoes for work- where else can you get a pair of decent heels in a half size for £19?

JeanSeberg Wed 23-Oct-13 10:45:55

They're perfect for work, under £20 so you don't have to worry if they get scuffed, won't hear a word said against them!

MrsCampbellBlack Wed 23-Oct-13 10:49:03

Some are good, some aren't.

Helpful post of the day wink

I have found in the last year they seem more uncomfortable and haven't really purchased. [Ignores snakeskin sandals that I never wore as too painful after 5 mins]

lurkingaround Wed 23-Oct-13 11:25:57

Oooh, MrsCB, were they those lovely sandals with the perspex heel? They were gorgeous! I so wanted to be able to wear ankle straps just to buy them! <another terribly helpful post>

Beg to differ. I am wearing a pair which always get complimented. They were £20 2 years ago and I will be distraught when they finally give up.

Why on earth did you buy an uncomfy pair of shoes? confused
Take back the broken pair for a refund.

Well I love them.
I too love the half sizes .
I love the fact you can try them on without having to pester someone for the other shoe.

And though I've never had to take a pair back, I'm sure M&S returns are better than most.

<<Disclaimer>> I am a tad frumpy TBH.
But I reckon I'm an M&S "Target Audience Shopper"
I want quality. I want things to last. I need machine wash (or handwash at a push but it'll go in the machine gentle wash).
I'm a standard height, standard size.
Some disposable income.

I should be their model rather than Tracey Emin wink

NoComet Wed 23-Oct-13 11:38:17

Well when they make a pair of ankle boots that don't flap about my ankles at least 3" too wide, I'll buy some and be able to comment.

polyhymnia Wed 23-Oct-13 11:40:44

In defence of the OP (and myself when I bought an incredibly uncomfortable pair of M and S shoes last year) it's quite possible to try shoes on in the shop and walk around a bit there without pain but still find them agonising when you wear them under normal circumstances, try to walk more than a short way in them, etc.

Also interested that 70 suggests she is a M and S customer because, among other things, she wants quality. I think lots of us want it, and it's true that M and S did used to supply it back in the day - now rather a long time ago. That's why I and others are so disappointed that they don't any longer provide it reliably - or much at all, I'd say.

BranchingOut Wed 23-Oct-13 11:53:14

I have never been convinced by the look of them in recent years, but do buy other things from M&S: jeggings, socks, knickers and, recently, some bras. I tend to be quite steered by the reviews with M&S.

However, this last purchase involved knowing my size beforehand, buying loads to try on and careful reading of reviews.

horcruxmanzini Wed 23-Oct-13 12:38:46

I've got an amazing pair of grey leather ankle boots with straps and studs that everyone assumes are Westwood or some other Real Label - from M&S Marble Arch four or so years ago, though I never saw them anywhere else. And the £19.50 courts aren't bad, and the gold flats are handy for driving/running around in, although not cheap any more at £25.

But I do agree that quality's got very variable in the last few years, and they did go through a phase of making ludicrous stripper-y high heels that even I, as a lifelong stiletto wearer, couldn't face. I also found that the last pair of courts I bought fitted very differently; within a couple of hours of wearing, the left shoe seemed to have stretched out much more than the right, and was flapping off my heel. There's also a depressing sea of mumboots, granboots and weird wedgy things to wade through before you get to any gems. A ruthless shoe edit wouldn't be a bad idea.

horcruxmanzini Wed 23-Oct-13 12:41:22

Having said that, of course, part of M&S's problem is the sheer range of its shopper demographic. The granboots aren't going anywhere, and really, why should they? IABU.

polyhymnia Wed 23-Oct-13 13:59:40

When you say the 'gran boots ' aren't going anywhere do you mean because they're not selling any (I'm not surprised as they're so dire) or do you mean M and S will always stock them as they try to cater for such a wide age range?

MrsCampbellBlack Wed 23-Oct-13 14:06:25

Yes they were lurking. And you know you can try on a pair of shoes and they seem comfy but after 15 mins they're not - and I don't tend to walk round in shops for 15 mins in shoes I'm trying on.

I have some older ones that are lovely and comfortable - but their newer stuff is just not.

goodasitgets Wed 23-Oct-13 14:28:05

Those stiletto ones are great, I have them in nude and a print version
Also have ballet pumps that were £6 and a pair of t bar heels
Love the half sizes

skillsandtea Wed 23-Oct-13 17:05:23

I've just bought their brogue-style shoe boots online for £30. I have no idea whether they are comfortable or not but they do look great.. A bit Alexander McQueen smile

newgirl Wed 23-Oct-13 18:12:30

I feel your pain

But my £50 boots from there this season are best I've had in years

Allinafankle Wed 23-Oct-13 19:34:03

I'm with you babybarrister - hate the damn things! Have lost count of the number of pairs I've bought over the years that fit fine in the shop then get them home and it's like having a razor blade against the heel. And now their sizing's gone totally to pot too. They're either too tight or too big. Least it's stopped me wasting money on them! ;)

I have annoyingly narrow feet (and sometimes a 5 in boots is ok. Usually a 5.5 in shoes. 6 is too wide/too big. Which is why I need the half sizes)

I have M&S boots that I wear every winter (long zipped riding boot style ) that I bought in 2005.
I still wear (though the zip over my ankle annoys me a tad. I have very bony ankles)

Work shoes have lasted 3 years.

Chunky cowboy boots 3-4 years.

OK I don't wear them all every day but I'm pleased with the quality and fit.

babybarrister Wed 23-Oct-13 22:00:42

I have bought them for years for work for all the reasons everyone else said - I did try them on in the shop but they seemed ok! The ones that fell to pieces broke after 3 hours - M &S did not give an immediate refund but have sent them back ....the quality is simply very poor I am afraid even taking into account their price .....

I accept total firs world problem though grin

babybarrister Sat 02-Nov-13 21:40:49

OK I would just like to say that the customer service was mixed - no immediate refund but shoes had to be sent away hmm

However, I got full refund within a week by post with about £10 extra for inconvenience smile

1944girl Sat 02-Nov-13 22:00:11

I always bought my shoes from M&S but now I find either my feet have shrunk or the sizing has changed.I am a size 3 or so I thought, and have been for years.M&S size 3s are now way too big, they are like boats on my feet.
Last year my DIL was about to chuck out a pair of size 2 children's school type shoes that my DGD had worn about three times and grown out of them.I tried them on and lo and behold they fitted!.So granny is still wearing them, not dress up shoe of course but OK for going shopping.I also found, in M&S children's dept a lovely canvas flat shoe with a bar in black and a size 2.No good in bad weather but in warm weather they are the most comfortable pair of shoes ever.I have bought three pairs as they are only £6 and hope to have them for many years as they might stop stocking them.

PrimalLass Sat 02-Nov-13 22:46:48

The M&S leather ballets flats with a suede toe are great. They don't always have them in stock though, which is a pain.

kaumana Sat 02-Nov-13 22:57:13

This week I bought a pair of black patent T bars which are fab, dead comfy and were just under £20. I'm thinking of getting them in another colour as they are now £15!

I too have the stiletto platforms also under £20 which I bought a year ago and have been put through their paces on the dance floor and stil look great.

I love the half sizes

LordPalmerston Sun 03-Nov-13 03:23:06

Mrs cb. I love those snakeskin sandals !! The really high ones? Though you had the tan

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