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More affordable version of Ash Virgin high tops?

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ginzillas Mon 03-Feb-14 18:15:55

I'm coveting a pair of Ash Virgin high tops but they are sooo pricey! I just can't justify it.

Here's a link to them on the Ash website.

Any one spotted a more affordable version anywhere? I've seen the Kurt Geiger ones but they're even more expensive at £160.

I've checked all the sale websites but my size (six) is always sold out, annoyingly.

Any tips gratefully received by both me and my bank balance...

HappyGirlNow Mon 03-Feb-14 19:34:29

I have those Ash ones - love them but that won't help you sorry grin

What about these?

bettykt Mon 03-Feb-14 19:40:48

Sainsbury's Tu had some great lookey likeys. Not sure if they still have them in store though, saw them just before Christmas. Was thinking about buying a pair myself, the Tu ones that is.

They were metallic grey, high tops and had the buckles in the right places. They weren't leather though. Their website is rubbish and they are not advertised on there.

ginzillas Mon 03-Feb-14 20:08:51

Oh, the Sainsbury's near us is doesn't do clothing!
The Next ones are nice but it's the buckle look I'm after. I think I might have to treat myself (and hide the receipt). I hardly ever buy myself anything new and these are an investment, right?

HappyGirlNow Mon 03-Feb-14 20:36:08

Yes they are definitely an investment grin - they'll last for years! They're very comfortable too.. If you have your heart set on them just get them..

ginzillas Mon 03-Feb-14 20:52:35

Ooh, are they really comfy, happygirlnow? That's good to hear as I am very blister prone. What size did you get? I'm about a 6.5 so I'm thinking I should get size six as they come up big?
Of course, I'm now being taunted by the object of my desire in the little pop up ads on this page....argh, they're following me!

Amethyst24 Mon 03-Feb-14 21:10:45

Still spendy but

HappyGirlNow Mon 03-Feb-14 21:11:38

ginzilla I'm a six and they are size sixes. Just get them! You won't be happy with a cheaper pair you don't like as much so they'll be a false economy wink

TheBuskersDog Mon 03-Feb-14 21:11:57

If you are happy to have them in suede amazon have them for £77.

ginzillas Mon 03-Feb-14 21:34:53

I like the suede but it's not as practical and I love the Kurt Geiger ones too but not sure if it's a bit risky buying ex display. Hhm....being a bit hard to please aren't I??

PrimalLass Mon 03-Feb-14 21:42:57

I would say the KG ones are big. KG are usually small, but I ordered the (sometimes tight in KG) 41 and they were too big. I have found everything from Shoeaholics to be great, and it's free returns so I'd advise ordering two sizes if poss.

ginzillas Mon 03-Feb-14 21:50:19

That's interesting. I always thought KG would be on the tight size from previous experience - thanks for the tip, PrimalLass
Going to sleep on it (and dream of beautiful high tops all night) and make a decision tomorrow.
Thanks for all the pointers everyone!

PrimalLass Mon 03-Feb-14 22:19:56

All their other shoes are. Tis v confusing!

Amethyst24 Mon 03-Feb-14 22:49:56

ginzillas I have bought ex-display shoes from that site before and they are fine - I have a pair of those very ones in my size. They deffo come up big, you'd be fine with a 6, in fact I almost wish I had sized down and fuck the bunions.

ginzillas Tue 04-Feb-14 08:19:23

Amethyst24 I have bunions too which is why I need comfy shoes! I can't risk them getting worse....

I really love the metallic but how well do they wear? I'm leaning towards black Ash ones as they are probably more practical and will go with everything (keeping my sensible hat on despite contemplating paying over £100 for a pair of trainers).

ginzillas Tue 04-Feb-14 08:20:01

By wear - I mean deal with rain etc, rather than how do they feel to wear...

Amethyst24 Tue 04-Feb-14 11:22:06

I actually think the metallic is more versatile than black - goes with everything except other metallics. (Ideally I wanted matte grey Ash ones but they're last season's colour and have sold out EVERYWHERE.) I've only had mine a week or so but they seem waterproof etc. Go on, you know you want them!

ginzillas Tue 04-Feb-14 12:57:12

I want them soo much! I'm actually thinking metallic is more versatile for spring summer.

BetterWithCheese Tue 04-Feb-14 13:04:06

ginzillas - I am wrestling with this exact dilemma and am also the same size. I think I might just go for it grin

BetterWithCheese Tue 04-Feb-14 13:04:40

I only really like the taupe ones so I think I'll be paying full price.

Butwhereto Tue 04-Feb-14 14:15:57

I have the mushroom colour Ash ones and I love them. They are so comfy and haven't leaked even when caught in pouring rain. I don't drive so they are well tested.

I have worn them almost every single day this Winter as I am on mat leave and plan on buying another pair in the US in the Summer as they are much cheaper there. I baulked at the price though I did get 20 percent off at house of fraser. I would now buy them at full price knowing how much wear I got out off them.

The metallic ones are not such soft leather as the taupe and mushroom ones and the metallic finish will wear quicker but they are still really nice. I sized down too.

Cherrypie32 Tue 04-Feb-14 14:33:16

Butwhereto - are they def cheaper in US? I checked prices on a couple of US online shops and they are super expensive. Going to NYC in March so don't know wether to wait.

Cherrypie32 Tue 04-Feb-14 14:41:05

Mainly around $185 dollars - have you any insider info for me gringrin

BuntyCollocks Tue 04-Feb-14 14:51:05

I also covet the ash virgin trainers!

The kg ones on that site in red are £39!!

Butwhereto Tue 04-Feb-14 15:22:53

Ahh - my US colleague has seemingly misled me. She is from NY and assured me that she never payed over 100 quid for the virgin style. I will have to ask where she shops as I agree now I look online they seem about 115 quid which is a bit better than here but not much...I had visions of stocking up as well on holiday. Perhaps they discount them more there maybe. Having stalked them for a year here they only seemed to have odd sizes in the sale or the wedge styles. The department store discount days seemed the best bet for a reduction.

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