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Ever fallen in love with a pair of shoes only to discover they're way out of your price range? You're not alone.
I recently came across a pair of star-embellished trainers that ticked all the boxes: they were stylish, comfy, the only problem? They were a cool £450.
And if that last detail was the deal-breaker for you too, don't worry, because I didn't let my lack of appropriate bank balance keep me away from achieving the look for myself.
So, I scouted the internet and stumbled across a brand much closer to my budget: Marks & Spencer.
That's right, our favourite high street brand came through for us again in the form of these uber-comfy Lace Up Leather Star Trainers.
And best of all? They're under £50.
Not only do they look pretty chic, they're also the ideal spring footwear. So far I've worn them with floaty floral dresses, leggings and a jumper, and an oversized knitted dress too, and they've upgraded each and every single outfit.
They're comfy (don't worry, I put them to the 'brunch and leisurely meander' test, as well as stomping to and from the office in them), they're achingly cool and they're sure to stay on-trend year after year.
I wouldn't want to waste your time listing all the compliments I've received while wearing them, but there have been a fair few – and the gasp that the price reveal elicits makes me all the smugger.
Oh, and add in the fact that they're made from responsibly sourced leather and you've got yourself a winning pair.
Am I sorry not to have nabbed myself a more luxury pair then? I can safely say, no – and my bank account agrees.
In fact, it's easy to see why even The Duchess of Cambridge is a fan of M&S trainers, the royal having previously worn an affordable (and sadly, no longer available) £29.50 pair of white sneakers by the brand in 2020.
What the reviews say:
Don't just take my word for it though, the trainers have already received over 107 reviews on the M&S website.
"I just love these trendy, pretty and very comfortable trainers."
"Great shoes, good quality and well made. Easy to wear right from the off. True to size."
"Fashionable, Fun and a great fit. Love these trainers, true to size and comfortable from the get go. Great design, sturdy without being chunky."
"Lovely quality, comfortable and I like the fact on this style of trainer the bit that fits around your heel is high enough to not feel like it slips down all the time, little pricey compared to what I normally spend but they will last now as M&S shoes always do – very happy."
"Second pair of these! Absolutely love them, comfortable, look great and excellent price for leather trainers."