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STYLISH, WELL MADE SNEAKERS - ZERO ARCH SUPPORT THOUGH ! !
on 28 April 2016
I've never had a pair of Superga's before but was browsing on here for a pair of casual sneakers, such as Keds, and came across these. Most of these shoes were over £30 but I noticed that the Apple Green pair in my size was only about £19 so, after reading some of the reviews of this sneaker, decided to order a pair. At that price I couldn't resist, and also I could get free next day delivery because I signed up for a free 1 month Amazon Prime trial! They arrived this morning, less than 24 hours after I ordered them, and I'm so happy with them! I'm usually a UK size 8 - 9, depending on the make of shoe, and was a bit worried that, with Superga being Euro sizing, they might be too small or too big but luckily they fit just fine, although they're slightly wider than I expected but fit OK when I tighten the laces up a bit! The sizing on the box is: Euro 9; UK 8.2/3 and US 9.2/3. They look great and seem to be very well made and sturdy, the Apple Green is a lovely vivid colour but not so vivid that they scream "LOOK AT ME, FOR GOD'S SAKE!!" and, like Keds, they apparently can be washed at 30c. For me there are two downsides though: firstly, I had noticed that another reviewer had said they have little arch support. Mine have ZERO arch support, which is disappointing because for a make like this, which is not ordinarily cheap, I'd expect arch support to be a standard part of the shoe. Arch support would make them feel much better inside and more supportive but, as there is no arch support at all they do feel a bit flat inside, so they could definitely feel better in that respect. Secondly, they're made in VIETNAM! That may not bother some people but I'm an animal lover and am very aware that countries like Vietnam and China have very bad reputations as far as animal welfare is concerned so, as a huge animal lover and vegetarian, I try to avoid as much as possible buying products from those countries. Personally, I would expect that an Italian shoe, for example, is made in ITALY and NOT in a country like China or Vietnam but, of course, no doubt the reason they are made there is because of cheap labour. Still, I find that disappointing but, of course, if someone bought Superga shoes in a shop they could check for themselves perhaps where the shoes are actually made, if that would be a consideration in whether to buy those shoes or not. Online though that's not made clear so I'll make it clear - THESE ARE MADE I VIETNAM ! ! Aside from that, and the total lack of arch support in these shoes, I DO really like these shoes, but would I pay the full retail price for them (they seem to retail online, when full price, at around £40)? Probably not. I haven't had a chance to wear them outside yet but the lack of any arch support is a letdown and makes them less comfortable and cushioned to wear than, say, Keds. They might be comfortable once I start walking around in them but only time will tell! In the meantime though, I'm happy with them given that I ended up only paying around £16 for my pair!
UPDATE: I have since also ordered a pair of these in cream (they were available at a much lower price than the others!), in the size 9 as well, and am very happy with them. The only difference to my Apple Green pair is that my cream pair, despite being the same size, are much more of a snug fit than the Apple Green pair. In fact, so snug that my toe touches the tip of the shoe but when I've walked around in them they're not uncomfortable so that's OK. They are on the smaller side of a size 9 though and could be slightly bigger. Maybe because they fit more snugly than my Apple Green pair (which are much looser) they seem more supportive even though there doesn't seem to be any discernible arch support. Like the Apple Green pair though, the overall quality of these is very high - the stitching is great, the fabric is sturdy and almost slightly 'waffled', etc. So, I'm very happy with both pairs as I got both of them at about 50% of the full retail price!