Tuesday Shoes – Springtime pumps with a sporty sole

My spring essentials are pumps. I’ve lived in my tan brogue boots and my hiking trainers all winter but now that the weather is warming up and the clocks have gone forward I’m confident that it’s time to switch over to springtime shoes. So that’s what I’m talking about in today’s Tuesday Shoesday blog post, plus I’m giving you the opportunity to win ANY pair shoes from in my giveaway so read on to find out how to enter this fab giveaway..!Now it’s not yet time for summer sandals, but my usual boots are too heavy for this transitional season; what I really need is a pair of pumps. I usually live in flats throughout the spring and summer, so over the past few years I’ve got through countless pairs. You know the type; cheap, flimsy and prone to holes! Okay, I haven’t spent much money on these budget shoes (thank goodness, because I’m getting through the like a packet of biscuits) but ideally I’d like a pair to last me a season and save me the effort of taking regular trips to the shops.After wearing Strive trainers in my day-to-day life, I concluded that the brand might be the solution for my spring/summer pumps too. I knew they make comfy sandals but I hadn’t ever investigated their shoe collection. Thankfully, the brand didn’t disappoint and I managed to find a pair of Hampton flats in the new season collection.

Go-with-everything navy blue colour? Check! Classy ballerina style? Yes! Comfortable? Absolutely! I love the styling of these shoes; even though they’re a little sturdier than the pumps I usually buy (let’s not forget, my previous choices always fall apart) they are not at all clumpy. They’re sleek, cool and ready for my summer strolls along the promenade.They’re not only pretty pumps: they’re practical too. The sole is a sporty rubber, that you can just tell is going to last a long time. It’s got great grip, which is just what you want when you get caught in the April showers! And if that wasn’t enough, the insole offers Strive’s signature biomechanical support. The footbed technology is curved to fit around the contours of your foot. It makes for a much more comfortable wearing experience and even helps to aid you in finding the perfect ache-free posture. Something I’m still working on but that I definitely want to improve.I know that some of the brands I choose to buy aren’t cheap (which might seem unusual for a thrifty blogger) but I think it’s better to buy one quality item that you can wear time and again rather than a throwaway pair of shoes. Like I said, I was binning a pair of £10 pumps every couple of weeks last year because they just couldn’t keep up with the amount of walking I do. So is it more thrifty to buy one pair that will last me years or about 8 pairs of cheapy pumps that end up in the bin? I know which way I prefer to go. And the improved comfort factor is an added bonus!
Now here’s your chance to bag a pair of Strive shoes, sandals or trainers for yourself in my giveaway. I buttered up the lovely folk at and they were delighted to provide a special prize for my lovely audience. One lucky reader will be able to browse the Strive website and choose ANY pair they like. How exciting is that?! There are plenty of ways to enter via the rafflecopter widget below – good luck everyone!

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Giveaway open to UK residents only. Competition runs from 4th April – 30 April and one winner will be chosen at random via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to provide a delivery address to receive their prize.


Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.


  1. I will wear sliders

  2. My strappy sandals

  3. I’ve just bought some gladiator sandals ready for the warmer weather – I’m hoping that they’ll be comfortable!

  4. I will be wearing my flat sandals.

  5. I have a pair of walking sandals that I love

  6. My black sandals

  7. sandles for me

  8. I’ve just moved away from boots, but it’s col in my little flat pumps!

  9. I love wearing sandals in the summer, especially my faithful pair of Birkenstocks! For work I am on my feet for 9 hours a day, 5 days a week, which involves running up and down 5 flights of stairs umpteen times a day, so I am always on the look-out for a really stylish but comfortable pair of shoes.

  10. I’ll be wearing some cute sandals or, as I walk lots, a comfy pair of trainers.

  11. I’ve got my eye on some gorgeous crystalled Carvela pumps!

  12. I’ll hopefully be wearing a pair of Strive Hampton flats After reading your blog I will definitely be checking out their website.

  13. definitely flip flops

  14. Love my crocs, wear them all day at home

  15. Plimsolls x

  16. usually ballet flats but would be nice to wear some sandals

  17. pretty sandals 🙂 x

  18. i normally spend most of my time in ballet style pumps in spring/summer

  19. Flip flops for me as I’m pregnant and my feet are always swollen and tired!

  20. Canvas Plimsolls 🙂

  21. Sandals as often as I can

  22. Not exactly feminine but I really do love in trainers xxx

  23. Flat sandals for me!

  24. I’ve just bought a lovely pair of black wedge sandals that will go with everything, so I will be wearing them a lot!

  25. Sandals or flats – as long as they are comfy!

  26. sandals or flip flops 🙂

  27. Depending on the weather I usually live in my Toms to be honest but would love to try out the Stride sandles too 🙂 Sharon Stanley

  28. Hopefully some of the lovely Strive footwear 🙂

  29. Flat sandals

  30. I will be wearing some pink sandals this summer

  31. Ive just got some new espadrilles which i can’t wait to wear

  32. I will be wearing flip flops!

  33. Various different shoes depending on the weather …..sandals, sliders, wedges, wellington boots & leather boots

  34. Sandals and plimsolls

  35. Wife loves comfortable flats for walking

  36. sandals all the way

  37. Sandals or trainers. With you all the way when it comes to quality over quantity for shoes!

  38. I will be wearing my 3 favorites, flip flops, slip on sneakers and wedge sandals.

  39. The comfiest trainers I own!

  40. Hopefully flipflops #ifonly

  41. Flip flops that have a supportive instep

  42. Comfy sandals are my favourite!

  43. Some sandals and hoping for some lovely sunshine

  44. Usually flat sandals for me as I’m quite tall

  45. I Strive to wear the most comfortable flats for walking

  46. I always wear my deck shoes in summer… With frilly socks and turned up jeans. Perfect for me xx

  47. My Vans they are flat and very comfy

  48. I’ll be wearing trainers this spring/summer.

  49. I do struggle with my feet so always have to take care with what shoes I wear so its alway comfy flats for me!

  50. Probably my old sandals. They are starting to fall apart, I’d love a pair of Strive!

  51. Sandals & Flip flops. #FingersCrossed

  52. Flip flops as much as possible

  53. Pumps, sandals, mules, trainers – depending on the weather

  54. I wear pumps or canvas lace ups

  55. Pumps, sandals and light trainers

  56. Trainers or flip flops, wedges for dressing up



  59. Sandals if or when weather allows. Like to try to get footwear which is comfortable, practical, supportive ( good supportive sole etc) as we need to take care of our feet. Or unfortunately we bear the consequences.

    I would like to see a positive link between NHS ( National Health Service) Podiatry / Chiropody, Orthopedics and shoe shops and manufacturers in regards to healthy foodwear. As damage to feet can be costly for individual, Community, NHS etc. Maybe the Government should take action through Health Promotion :- Information Campaigns etc.

    I also tend to wear training shoes etc over Spring / Summer as they tend to be comfortable and practical.

  60. I usually wear sandals, flip flops or trainers

  61. Im drawn towards espadrilles and slides this year, there are some lovely ones around, many thanks

  62. Wedges and flip flops.

  63. flip flops and flats

  64. Sandals and trainers

  65. Flip Flops, find them very comfy in the summer

  66. Sandals and flip flops when we go on holiday! I wish I could guarantee that in The U.K

  67. Great competition thanks for the chance to win such a fabulous prize. Very happily liked and shared your page and your post with pleasure.

  68. Hopefully sandals and flip-flops.

  69. Sandals, trainers, pumps

  70. Hopefully sandals!

  71. Most likely trainers and sandals x

  72. hopefully sandals if the weather is warm

  73. Flip flops and sandals

  74. Deck shoes and sandals x

  75. Usually pumps and sandals

  76. I’v just bought myself some navy Sketchers ‘Go Walk’…they’re real comfy! x

  77. from Easter to Hallowe’en I wear toe post sandals with a cushioned footbed. Mostly like the Alba Buckle in design.

  78. some comfortable sandals!

  79. Pumps, so comfy

  80. Flat sandals and flip flops

  81. I love wearing flip flops in the summer!

  82. After breaking my hip I now find it hard to wear certain footwear so it has to be something very comfortable. These look like they would be ideal.

  83. I like a comfy pair of pumps or trainers 🙂

  84. i usually wear strappy sandals!

  85. Flat slip n canvas shoes

  86. Thanks for this, I’d love some new shoes. In the summer I mostly wear my sandals.

  87. I usually wear flat canvas shoes .. I have ugly feet 🙁

  88. Usually pumps and sandals

  89. ballet pumps, sandals and flip flops, looking forward to summer!


  91. My trainers that have a hole in them, unless I win this fab comp, natch

  92. Sandals and ballet pumps mainly and some pretty lace up plimsolls with flowers on for gloomy days.

  93. Most likely ballet shoes and my boots for the rainy days! 🙂

  94. I wear a lot of sandals in the summer , i have two pairs and 3 pairs of trainers that i switch between depending on the weather and my mood 😀

  95. I will wear sandal

  96. I would love a pair of Strive shoes for summer because they would disguise the fact that my feet aren’t my best FEETure.

  97. Trainers during the casual days, black shoes for smart occasions

  98. Probably some fitflops to keep me active! These look great too!

  99. i usually live in my sneakers

  100. Sandles or trainers

  101. I love low wedge sandals in the summer let the air get to your feet 🙂 x

  102. I like to wear sandals, flip flops and generally comfy shoes to wear whilst working around!

  103. I mostly wear flats during the Spring and Summer – like ballet shoes, flip flops or little wedge sandals! Thank you x

  104. I’ve entered the comp! I need need need some Strive footwear for my poor, tired, teacher-feet! X

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