Tuesday Shoes – Springtime pumps with a sporty sole

Some items have been gifted

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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.


Some items in this blog post have been gifted to me and the pink links indicate a gifted product, affiliate link or information source. All thoughts and opinions in this post are based on my own experience and I am not responsible for your experience 🙂

109 Responses

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

  2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  17. 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 😀

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

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

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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