I didn't see this anywhere else so I thought I'd start the topic.
My aunt just got these today and they're ridiculously cute, however.. The doll cannot stand in them. Well, she can, but only if her hips jut forward oddly and she leans backward at the same time. I will take photographs to show this.
For this reason, I give these shoes a C. It seems to me that AG could have wedged the shoes or something to make them standable; she might be OK if on a stand but then the shoes themselves are going to be angled funny since they are actually on a slant and the AG doll's feet are not. They are also a skitch tight on my aunt's brand-new Molly's feet.
You'd think the people in the design team would think of this but sometimes I wonder if they don't actually look at an AG doll when they come up with these things (fit issues).
So, for the price? Not worth it, in my opinion. Yes, they're adorable; But they pretty much ONLY work when your doll is sitting down or being held.
My pair just arrived off backorder today and I've got to agree with Cimorenegal in most of her review. I love these little shoes and they're super cute, but they're not very practical for use in displaying a doll without a stand, or for those who have a doll stand on her own while playing.
The shape of the shoe is almost identical to the red beaded shoes from the AG Club skirt and hoodie outfit and the turquoise slippers from Josefina's birthday outfit. However, these are slightly wider at the toes and heel, so they don't fit as snugly. Luckily, for play or moving them around, there is a bit of black elastic attached to the inside front of the shoes that fits around the doll's heels.
The material is really lovely. It's a satin, I think, so there's a bit of a sheen, but nothing like you get with patent leather. The flat box bow is the same fabric. I think they're quite dressy when worn with skirts, but with jeans they shift to a more casual look. So that means they're very versatile! The inside of the shoes is lined with a light, bright, turquoise blue satin. Only a little bit of the lining shows when the shoes are worn. With the red beaded shoes and the turquoise slippers, none of the lining shows at all.
The heel is the part of these shoes that negates my complete adoration. It is more similar to the heel of the shoes that come with the Springtime Sundress (released 2008) than the heel of Ruthie's meet shoes. That is to say, it narrows quite a bit from the base of the shoe, then widens a smidge. Ruthie's heels are a simple wedge shape. (See future photographs for a better understanding!)
I never have trouble balancing my dolls in Ruthie's shoes, but because of the narrower surface area of these heels, they're much more difficult to get the doll to stand in. This is why dolls with wider, flatter feet can stand more easily than dolls with narrow, molded feet can.
I did manage to get Beatrice to balance while wearing the shoes, but it required angling her torso backwards, so that her body + legs create a > shape. With her hands at her sides, it looks like she's fixing to break out into Riverdance at any second!
Basically, though, you're not going to want to use these shoes for photostories unless you have a doll stand to use, or the doll is sitting down.
The price, at $12, is definitely a bit much for these shoes because of their limited use, unless you really love them and use them with a lot of different outfits. If you really want a pair of black dress shoes, I'd recommend getting Kit's Christmas shoes, Emily's meet shoes, or Ruthie's meet shoes instead.
However, I do love these and they are worth $12 to me. I paired them with the Purple Jumper dress and a black bolero jacket, and I like them much more than the purple boots that came with the outfit. They also look really nice with jeans or with the skirt from the Pretty Print Outfit (which also had a pair of mostly-bleh boots).
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Last Edit: Aug 13, 2011 19:05:20 GMT -5 by kitandkat