H&M blue bow sandals in faux suede

These shoes have been reduced to just £12.49, from the not-exactly-bank-breaking original price of £24.99.

From this, you’re probably guessing that they’re not going to be fantastic quality and… well, to be honest, you’re probably right. I absolutely love the look of these when I first spotted them on the H&M website – the cut of the vamp is very elegant, the bow adds frivolity and fun, and the bright blue colour makes me want to do seal claps, that’s how much I love it.

But (you just knew there had to be a “but”, didn’t you?), having seen these shoes in store a couple of times now, I can confirm they they’re not quite as nice in person as they appear in the product shot above. The imitation suede certainly isn’t going to fool anyone into thinking it’s the real thing, and there’s something a little bit flimsy about them.

I still think these could work, though, and for £12.49, at least they’re not going to be an expensive mistake, so I had a quick go at creating a couple of outfits around them, to see if it was possible to make cheap shoes look a little less so. First of all, a dressy look:

(Blue shoes, H&M; white fit and flare dress, Dorothy Perkins; orange clutch bag, Yoshi; cat’s eye sunglasses, ASOS)

I always think a very bright colour like this one should stand alone and be the focal point of the outfit. I’m also currently obsessed with white dresses, which are the perfect summer alternative to the LBD because, like black, they can be accessorised with almost any colour, and always look chic. I like the simplicity of this one from Dorothy Perkins, but I felt like the outfit needed a little more colour to work, so I added an orange clutch bag by Yoshi: blue would’ve been a bit too matchy-matchy, but orange seemed to work. The white cat’s eye sunglasses, meanwhile, were just for fun: I’d pile my hair up, add some lipstick and be good to go!

For a more casual look, meanwhile:

(Blue shoes, H&M; white tank, Topshop; blue slouch bow shorts, Dorothy Perkins; straw fedora, Old Navy; stripe shopper, DVF)

A classic, casual look for a summery lunch, or day spent mooching around a seaside town. I liked the way the bow on the shoes is picked up by the bow on the shorts, and, of course, the vaguely nautical feel of the whole look. (And if you’re not keen on the idea of shorts with heels, fear not – the slouchy cut of these ones makes them really easy to wear without looking trashy, even with a pair of stilettos.

What do you think? Worth splashing out £12 on? And what would you wear with these shoes if you did buy them? (Or if  they just showed up on your door, a gift from your Fairy Shoemother?)



  • I’m totally agree with you about the “quality” of these shoes, but they are soooo cute ç_ç

    A real dilemma…to buy or not to buy?? O_o

  • I also love white dresses. I’ve wanted one for a couple of years now but just can’t find the perfect one. The shoes do look nice in the photo, but H&M aren’t usually the best quality.

  • The shoes are so beautiful (look at the bow!) but I tried on either these or a very similar pair instore and they very very flimsy indeed, so I don’t think I’d bother with them…unless they get reduced to under a tenner, in which case they’ll be in my bag before they know it.

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