("nav" aka Navy blue)
[Review of Gold]
Heel Height: in (9cm)
Front Platform: in (3cm)
I've been wanting some navy lolita shoes for a long while now! Navy/blue is a lolita colorway I'm very attracted to and liked the idea of having lolita shoes to match some of my dresses. When select styles of Bodyline's shoes started getting navy colors I was excited though skeptical; how accurate were the stock photos? Would they end up some weird green color like shoes274 are (though those shoes are super cute and I'd still love to buy them!) I took a chance buying shoes255 in their navy color so at the very least I could write up a review here ^^;;
These shoes are a very interesting color of navy. They aren't a vibrant color and lean a bit more towards a greyish-navy than anything. They're a colder color as well. It's not an ugly color by any means but it also doesn't go to well with anything I have. This type of navy I see more as a very "classic lolita" color than sweet. It might work in gothic but it also might clash badly with black- like it's not vibrant enough to look like anything but a faded navy. It's very strange and I found trying to photography the color difficult. I have included two comparison shots of the navy barrette from the first Dream Sky run as well as the hair scrunchie from the 2013 Dream Sky release in royal blue. I hope these photos better show what I mean about the color being subdued.
The bows are nicely made and the straps feel very secure. Adjusting the ankle straps was a bit odd at forst but that was just to get the sizing right. The buckles are a matte silver color but almost look a bit weathered? I think the dull coloration of them looks good with the navy color of the shoe. I couldn't find any other obvious flaws that dealt with shoe construction or anything that would take away from the overall aesthetic of the shoes. I did notice a small odd crack in the inside fold of the first bow on the left shoe- almost like the material was cute a bit? It's hard to notice unless you scrutinize the shoes though it may lead to greater damage in that area with more wear.
Size wise I felt like the shoes were a bit too big on me. I ordered my usual size of 245 (7.5US) and they felt oddly big? I suppose if one were to wear socks with these though they would be just right. The shoe overall felt very clunky as though I was wearing a horseshoe of some sort. These platforms and heels are much MUCH larger than I am used to so in the end I don't think they really suited my style. I just felt odd wearing them so this style is just not for me ^^;;