I’m not a shoe person. Honestly, I’d be barefoot all the time if I could. As it turns out, I’d lose my toes to frost bite if I did that and so shoes are a must. Even then, I only wear boots for as long as there is threat of snow or ice, before breaking out my flip-flops or other open toed shoes.

With the amount of rain we’ve been having, however, I’ve been a bit put off by the squelchy mud between my toes every time we go to the park… so the time has come after 8 years of living in this ever-wet country (don’t mention the drought to me, please! I used to live in a desert!!) to take the plunge and own Wellies. Which I did. But I also got a pair of open toed sandal wedges while I was at it.

Zalando is an online shoe shop with over 1000 brands and over 80000 products. They offer free shipping and free returns and even have a free helpline if you need to chat to them.

Wellies - blueDespite being a shoe shop, they also sell clothing, bags and accessories.

I spent absolutely ages browsing the shoes at Zalando, because I had pretty much worn through my shoes last summer, and was in need of a new pair of open toes. I wanted something that was both comfortable, and would last but also wanted something that I could wear with a dress, jeans or in tracksuit pants – and I found exactly what I was looking for in a pair of Sketchers Shape-Ups, which I’ve worn every day since receiving them.

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They are great quality and I love them. I’ve been wearing them for weeks on end and they are really comfortable, even with the added weight of babywearing. Their padded soles make for super comfy walking. We were stuck in a massive mud bath last week, and while they were caked brown by the time we got home, they cleaned off easily enough and were ready to be worn again soon.

Of course, if I’d known we’d be plowing through mud baths, I’d have worn my new Wellies, which I got in blue, just to break the trend of black shoes in my cupboard. Yeah, I’m not very adventurous with shoes! I go for ‘most likely to match everything’ rather than ‘will suit that outfit’. The Wellies are brilliant too – they’re very hard and will take a while to break in, but they do the job well. They have wide calves so I can actually get them over my calves – often a problem with knee-high boots – and they have a ‘lace-up detail’, which doesn’t actually lace up, but looks nice.  Considering the  places I end up with my girls, these should really now live in the car during all this rain!

Zalando fulfilled my order quickly and the two boxes of shoes arrived in a larger box, all together. There wasn’t masses of excess packaging, and there’s absolutely nothing I can complain about or list as a negative.


So, it’s your turn to try out Zalando. One reader of Diary of a First Child has a chance to win a £100 voucher from Zalando.  To stand a chance to win, head over to Zalando, have a browse around, then come back here and tell me at least one thing that you would spend your winnings on.

For an additional entry, (which is not compulsory, and is not sponsored by Facebook and which has nothing to do with Facebook or its employees) you can like Zalando on Facebook, and leave a message on their wall saying I’ve sent you.

This competition finishes at 23:59 on 21 May and the winner will be randomly drawn. Winners will be announced here and on the Diary of a First Child Facebook Page. Please check these to find out who won.

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Zalando Review And Competition

  1. I would put it towards these
    anita WOOD-GRETHA – Platform Boots – brown
    I love a bargain.
    Great comp thanks v much, good luck all x

  2. PS if I have to chose shoes I would get Merrell AVIAN LIGHT SPORT GORE-TEX – Hiking Shoes – grey which would help tone me aftr all this weight loss thank you xx

  3. I have lost 6 stones (yes 84lb) and am desperately in need of new clothes so this – Lifetime Collective CHARLIE – Parka – red has my name on it ( well my name Christine really not Charlie LOL) fingers crossed I win x

  4. I love Gabor shoes, and I liked the Pier sandals, and the Eucalyptus blue spotted dress and I could go on…..

  5. I would treat myself to Miss L Fire
    FLAMENCO – Heeled Lace Ups im in love with them 😀

  6. The first thing I’d buy would be the CHAMELEONS TRANSLUCENT Crocs for my 8 year old daughter – they’re gorgeous and just the thing for the long hot summer we are going to have (wishful thinking!!!:)) x

  7. OMG – these are THE most amazing shoes Miss L Fire CHICA CHICA BOOM – Wedge Sandals – gold – LOVE <3 @pipersky1

  8. I would buy the Michael Kors KNOX Sunglasses – ready for when the sun finally comes out!

  9. Vero Moda WONDER COLOR – Jeans – pink These are so cute and I would love them for the summer. lIke on FB too xx

  10. so much to choose from…but I’d start with this lovely summer dress: Zalando Essentials Dress – red

  11. if I won I would buy the Ana Alcazar Maxi Dress – red AN121C00N-305.. the colour is simply georgous and the style would suit me in my ‘fat’ or ‘thin’ days… lol

  12. Already a fan of Zalandos facebook page, left a comment to say had come over from here xx

  13. I am at home recovering from an op on my foot. It has changed the shape of my foot and I have been told that I need to replace ALL of my shoes!!! So first stop for me would be the shoe section, actually probably trainers first as my foot needs something really comfortable to start with, and then hopefully for the first time in years can hopefully choose something because I love it rather than it doesn’t hurt!

  14. I already liked Zalandos facebook page and I have left a comment to say you sent me.

  15. So much choice, decisions decisions! i love this dress though, so it would be my number 1: CARVELLA PEPLUM – Shirt Dress x

  16. I’d buy the Mai Piu Senza Ankle Boots, they are lovely & i’ve wanted a pair like these for ages.

  17. Loads of fave bits on here but I would love to spoil myself with a new dress and some shoes.

  18. I love the seven seconds ballet pumps, I live in those type of shoes during the summer.

  19. The one main thing I would buy would have to be the:
    NIKE DOUBLE TEAM LITE HI – High-top Trainers -silver. My daughter who is now 14 is driving me mad for a pair, even though she has other Nike Trainers. “But There in”. she keeps telling me and ALL her friends have them. So, I would make her day and get some rest at the same time…

  20. I would definitely get 2 pairs of Clarks school shoes for my son and daughter, they would be a useful purchase

  21. Gorgeous shoes! I’d buy the Anna Field grey wedge sandals. I’m all for comfort these days.

  22. I love the vibrant seven seconds ballet pumps. They look practical to wear as well as being fun and colourful. Its been a wet, cold and dull May here and some warm colour would be great. I teach children with sensory difficulties and they respond well to bright colourful things, so I try and pick some bold choices for work.

  23. I am already a fan of Zalando on Facebook and have posted on their wall! Tracy K Nixon

  24. Wow such lovely things on your site if I got lucky enough to win I would love the YPPIG Harrow long sleeve top multicoloured please. x

  25. I would buy a pair of Clarks black school shoes for my eldest son who will be going to school in September, I think the Stompo Velcro shoes look great! I would also buy a pair of shoes for my 14 month old who is finding his feet and started walking everywhere I would buy the Stride Rite Roman first walkers in blue!
    Thankyou for the fab competition!
    Have liked Zalando on facebook and posted that you sent me 🙂

  26. I’d buy some new hiking shoes, and htese look just the job:
    Merrell AVIAN LIGHT SPORT GORE-TEX – Hiking Shoes – grey

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