When it comes to shopping for clothes, I do most of mine via Home Shopping Network (HSN) and QVC. They have the styles and sizes I need at a price I can afford (usually on clearance). I particularly love that I don’t have to run all over town hoping to find what may not even exist. For me, the convenience is a major selling point.
Recently, I stumbled onto a show that featured the 60’s supermodel Twiggy. She now has her own line of clothing on HSN.
I particularly liked a pair of satin tennis shoes that she had for sell for $19.99. They were unique, in a color I wanted and affordable so I gave them a try.
I originally purchased the hot pink but eventually went back to get the orange as well. I love both pair.
Okay, let’s face it. Not many women my age would think of wearing hot pink or orange tennis shoes, in satin no less. But I’m not any woman and I love adding an unexpected pop of color. Additionally, my closet is full of brightly colored hot pink and orange tops and jackets that these tennis shoes match perfectly.
I liked the satin fabric, rather than the standard canvas, because it affords a unique feminine touch to an otherwise ultra casual shoe. For me, these shoes work on many levels.
First of all, they come in lots of colors; not just hot pink and orange. They also come in black, light blue, lavender, navy and of course white. That means there is even something for a woman who is a bit more traditional than I am.
Second, I love the satin. It is delicate, pretty and soft. It even makes tennis shoes look fashionable and that’s not easy to do.
I love the size range provided as well. Twiggy’s shoes come in sizes 5 to 11. Half sizes are also available, which is important for my size 7.5 foot.
The shoes have velvet shoelaces. Those add another fun and feminine touch.
The design is done in a traditional old-fashioned athletic style. The soles and upper trim are made of white rubber. Striping accents the shoes and there are metal grommets to hold the laces in place.
The inner canvas lining is breathable in nature. That helps prevent the foot from sweating excessively. The innersole is padded for comfort and support.
There are; however, some things I don’t like about these shoes. First of all, they are not washable. Silly me, I missed that little tidbit of information going in. I was just excited over the fabric and colors. Since a lot of today’s satins are washable I made an assumption, which proved to be wrong.
They do; however, clean well if the dirt isn’t moist. Just use a clean cloth, rubbing in a circular motion. Do not wet the fabric or the shoes will be ruined.
Second, I think the heel could use padding around the back. It tends to bite into the heel of the foot. While one can form calluses to overcome that problem, the blisters that occur beforehand are quite painful.
I would also have preferred the shoe to be more generic in nature. Skipping the athletic look for a straighter tennis shoe styling would have made these shoes even better. As they stand they are a contradiction in terms.
It is feminine satin done in a traditional athletic style. That’s okay for some clothing items but it doesn’t work for everything.
I think more colors are needed. Where is the red or green for Christmas? What about a mid-range blue or a pale pink or mint green? If color is the thing that sells these unusual shoes, then more colors are definitely needed.
Lastly, the regular price of $39.99 for these shoes is way too much. While I thought that $19.99 clearance price was reasonable, I would have bought more colors had the price been even better. It should be for shoes that are basically throw-away once they become soiled.
These are good shoes but they aren’t great ones because of the washing problem and the overt athletic styling. Twiggy should go back to the drawing board and try to design something a little more mainstream but that still has her quirky, fun style.
I give Twiggy’s London Satin Sneakers with Velvet Shoelaces 3 out of 5 stars. They are fun and cute but they could still be better.