A while back me and my feet moaned on about our problems (aka pain) in our daily commute every day to work and back, see HERE I am pretty sure I am not the only lady to have to wonder why on earth most flat shoes are either comfortable and err, dowdy looking, or look lush and rub the beejesus outta your heels. In my previous blog post, me and my feet got acquainted with some Seraphine Shoe Therapy ballet pumps and they proved that style can also be ruddy comfy, and since converted me! So here I am again, or should I say here are my feet again, trialling out another brand of shoes to put up with my daily commute.
Third up is Cocorose London. A brand that I had heard of and often read about as one of the first and UK brands to come up with the foldable ballet pump. I'm sure most of you lovely ladies are familiar with these type of shoes and the idea that had grown from the 'every woman problem' that is: wearing heels hurts, and lets face it we have been seen begging for someone to give us their trainers/flat shoes/plastic bags to wear when the 'burn' gets too much after a heavy night of too much Macarena dancing.
Cocorose offers their stunning looking shoes that fold into a teeny tiny compact purse which holds a foldable shoulder bag in its hidden back pocket - it is like a very stylish russian doll. I was kindly sent a pair of these stunning shoes to trial and boy did I do just that. I was kindly sent a pair of their Parisian Panache pumps. I was so excited when I unwrapped these babies as I'd already spent a good while (read: days) on their website eyeing up the many pumps I knew belonged in my wardrobe (and handbag) and I was not disappointed at all.
These cherry red pumps with black patent toe detail looked absolute exquisite and first and foremost I was genuinely relieved to see the pumps were made with some real quality. I have purchased a pair of 'foldable pumps previous (not Cocorose) and was so disappointed with the quality in which the shoes were made, I might as well had worn Sainsbury bags on my feet, but Cocorose had done a good job at building a shoe with some real class and quality. Inside the shoe I was pleased to see there was a double cushioned pad on both the ball and heel of the foot - another thing alot of other 'foldable' brands seem to forget to include.
I decide to test these babies out, like the others, on a dry day. I found the colour choice a little difficult to choose what to wear them with and teamed them quite simply with a black chiffon dress. At first, placing these pumps on my feet felt a little 'too light' it almost felt like I wasn't wearing any shoes and I wondered whether this would make walking the distance in them easier or harder. The extra cushioning came into it's own halfway into my journey to the train station, and I was glad to have worn them with tights on this day as my feet did seem a little chilly, but they coped really well and not once did my feet hurt. Wearing them throughout the day in the office and then setting off for my journey home I did happen to find that the elastic at the back of the shoe has pressed onto my heel/achilles a little and caused a little discomfort - not to any kind of extreme and after a quick massage of the area I was good to go again.
On day three the rain came and it was time I tested the pumps to the extreme. I'll be honest, I did expect the pumps to leak, alot but only because the shoes themselves were so light, but did they? no, not at all. I decided to team the pumps with ankle grazer chino's and didn't wear any socks and still my feet remained 100% dry if not a little cold. The journey was comfortable and I found that the shoes gripped well and didn't fall off my feet. I felt good in these shoes and never once felt under dressed or dowdy in them, in fact I could've got used to all the lush comments I got!
After nearly two weeks of trialling the shoes I will definitely give these pumps a thumbs up - they were gorgeous to look at, and I did get alot of compliments about them, however I think they are more suited to less mileage than what I do, or even if they are just worn for your commute and not throughout the day in the office. Mainly down to the elastic pinching on my achilles, as this did get a little sore after a while - that is not to say that this will affect everyone, it might just me and my feet! These pumps came with me, in their lush little bag, to a friends party, and after only an hour in heels (yes, I'm getting old) I changed straight into these and I loved them - for this they are perfect. These are without a doubt the comfiest and most stylish foldable pump around and priced from £40 they are affordable and well made, I shall definitely be buying another pair. Now, excuse me I have some more Macarena dancing to do in my pumps...
Get yourself over to Cocorose London HERE
Have you tried foldable ballet pumps?
*Please note: these pumps were gifted to me, however all opinions are completely genuine*