This review was generously (and patiently) sponsored by Maxstar. Thank you Maxstar! ♥♥
Name: Maxstar CN9 7-Holes Zipper Double Platform Sneakers Pink
Price: $49.98 (click here)
**I'm going to try and get a coupon code, so hopefully I can update with one in a couple days ^^
It arrived to me via Fedex:
(Appearance, Material, Workmanship)
Here is the shoe. The color is much lighter than the website photos. I'd say my photos are quite accurate, although they are taken in ample lighting. The total added height is 6cm:
Here's the back:
Now let's take a closer look! The canvas is somewhat soft and puffy. There’s a teeny bit of cushion inside the canvas, so it’s not straight-up flat cloth like with Converse:
The painted mascot:
Top view of the shoes:
The toe area is made of thin, crinkly, sort of papery material:
Now onto the fun part, the platform! The pastel platform is made of firm foam:
The platform sole is glued on tightly and doesn’t seem like it’ll come apart any time soon. That being said, there are a couple areas where the platform is not 100% flush with the sole, which allows some glue to eeever so slightly peek through:
Another thing worth noting is that towards the toe area, there is a small discontinuity between the regular shoe sole and the platform. This is what I mean:
The sole itself has a uniform pattern. It’s made of soft, lightweight rubber, kind of like a firm eraser:
And finally, here's the inside of the shoe!
Comfy! They’re lightweight, which makes walking easy (as opposed to having heavy shoes which would slow you down and require tons of effort to go up stairs.)
Admittedly they are still platforms, so it’s less natural than walking in regular sneakers, but not by much. Still easier than 2" heels ^^
Fit: I wear size 5.5 in America and the 230 fits me snug. With socks on, I’ve got a little less than 1cm of space at my toe area. It’s not tight; it’s literally just right. As far as wideness, I have average-width feet and my feet bulge over the sides a little bit. This made it a bit wobbly at first, but nothing I didn’t adjust to.
I love, love the design! It’s so cute and pink and unique. (Does Converse even have designs like this? I didn’t see any when I checked the website.) And as pink as it looks, I think it’s quite versatile! It could totally work for fairy kei (maybe change the laces), casual preppy, cool-but-cute gyaru, or even a soft, feminine dolly look:
Quality-wise, I think it’s great! I don’t think it’s quite the level as Converse, and I say that because the materials are more lightweight. So over time, they will probably be susceptible to more wear and tear than Converse. That being said, I would by no means call this lacking or cheaply made. Everything is put together well. I wouldn’t worry about quality too much, just be aware that it’s not quite as heavy duty as Converse. But considering it’s $20-30 cheaper than Converse (plus a way more exciting design), I think it’s a fair trade. And, it means that it's way easier to walk in than heavy platforms!
Here is one way I would wear this!
This outfit was heavily inspired by this BJD (the one on the right), although I made it a little younger and more lively:
credits and admiration to the artist
Bow: Forever21 in Sinsa, Seoul, 3,500₩
Circle Lenses: Premium Gem Blue from Special Lens, sponsored
Blazer: Hongdae, Seoul, 5,000₩ (altered by me)
Dress: Express Bus Terminal, 10,000₩
Scrunchie: Taobao, maybe $1ish?
Bead Bracelet: Taobao, $1
Socks: Express Bus Terminal, I think? Around 2,500₩
Shoes: Maxstar, of course!
▲ Wow, you can really see how small/short I am here, haha~ Sometimes I forget what 5'2" (157cm) looks like XD
▲ I cut my bangs too short, hehe. Bf hates it, but I like it because now I don't have to cut them for a long time!
Photo credit to Bun Fun Photography© >3< (For any new readers, that's just my Bf~ But he wants to sound fancy, hehe~)
And a big thank you to Maxstar for making this review possible! Check out their store for tons of other cool Converse-type sneakers!
I'm going to try and get a coupon code, so hopefully I can add that to this post in a few days!
Thanks for reading! How would you wear these shoes?