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REVIEW: [positive] Bodyline Rocking Horse Shoes.



I actually use to stalk EGL quite a bit a few years ago (2008 / 2009) but was unable to purchase anything related to Lolita because I didn't work, not to mention I wasn't very confident in regards to what I wore. Now that I'm older I decided to do purchase something I have desired for a long time - Rocking Horse Shoes! I ordered them via Bodyline because of the $1 shipping + I was unwilling to spend huge amounts of money on something I wasn't sure I would wear. However, the entire thing was a huge success so here is a quick review of how everything went.

Basic Details:
Date ordered: 3/11/2011 (evening).
Date received: 9/11/2011 (morning).
Method of shipping: AIR ($1 deal for the month of Nov 1 - 30).
Payment method: Paypal.
Items ordered: Shoes196 in black, size 235. Eye611 & eye132 (eyelashes).
Packaging: The shoes were wrapped separately in tissue paper and had things in the middle to ensure they kept their shape (as you can see in the pictures above). They don't appear to have been damaged via the shipping.
Total cost: $42 (including shipping).*

* I have my Bodyline set to U.S Currency, however, I  reside in Australia.

The Eyelashes:

Eyelashes aren't particularly exciting (plus these were only $1 each). If you want to read the little blurb I wrote about them / see more photographs then you can read this post at my blog.

The Rocking Horse Shoes:





I didn't want to make this post too image heavy so you can check out other photographs as well as some general musing about the shoes that I didn't feel were 'review-materail' at my blog, here.

These shoes are a Japanese 23.5 (displayed as 235 on Bodyline's website) which are equal to an Australian size 6. I not only used various size conversion tables on the internet, but I quickly measured my foot to ensure that length wise it would fit. I was relatively unsure how they would be size-wise, however, I'm glad to report they fit like a dream. I have yet to experience any pinching what so ever. The ribbon is removable and I do not require it to hold the shoe onto my foot (as you might if the shoe was slightly too big). The ribbon can be removed and the metal loops folded down, out of sight, for a different look.

Bodyline advertises the heels to be 7.6cm. My boyfriend was curious to know how tall they were and after measuring them (I measured along the line created by the cut out wedge), I am left to think this is fairly accurate.

I could find no flaws in the soles of the shoes. Everything appears to be firmly attached and there is no rough edges, dents or weird marks. For some reason the number '3-' was written on the sole of either shoe (on the bottom of the wedged out part) in silver glittery pen. I have no idea why this would be but am left to assume that it has to do with ensuring that pairs of the same shoe don't get mixed up.
I must say, when I was told these soles were foam I did experience some concern, however, they appear quite sturdy and to be honest, I don't think they are even noticeably foam (ie. someone in the street wouldn't automatically pick up that they were). 

The bow on the front of the shoe also appears to be attached firmly. After peaking underneath it I discovered that there are a least a few stitches attaching it to the shoe (at first I thought it may have just been glued on). These stitches are definitely not noticeable unless you're holding the shoe up to your face and lifting up the bow to see how it joins. The only odd thing about the bow is that if you flip the shoe over, the "tails" of the bow (no idea how to describe it, I don't mean the actual bow shape, I mean the second layer underneath the bow) are white/creamy underneath. Again, this is not noticeable. The only way someone would see while you were wearing them, is if you were doing handstands with these shoes on (and were able to remain incredibly still while doing these handstands).

As mentioned before, the ribbons are removable. This means you can experiment with how you lace them up or what colour ribbon you use. You could even remove the ribbons entirely.

Overall Opinion:
I am incredibly satisfied with this purchase. I feel the transaction time was very reasonable (under 7 days), particularly since I am assuming they would have a reasonable amount of orders due to their November special.  I am over the moon about the quality and feel that it is easily worth the money I paid for it. They also passed the 'mum inspection' - she thought they were cute and agreed they were of a decent quality. My little sister thought they were very cute as well and added "They look like Lolita shoes". I was quite surprised she had even heard of the time Lolita, haha.

TL;DR
I would have no problem recommending these shoes to someone looking to buy them. I'm very satisfied with them.

Thank you for reading! I hope this was helpful to someone. If you have any questions in regards to these shoes, or desire a picture of a specific part of the shoe, then please  drop me either a line here, on my blog review of these shoes or in my tumblr ask (anon is on). I'll get back to you as soon as I see it.
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